Summer Pre-College Programs FAQs

  • Do you offer any scholarships or financial aid?
  • We do not currently offer any form of scholarship or financial aid.
  • What are your policies about Covid-19 vaccination?
  • All staff and students must follow state, local, and university policies regarding Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements in order to take part in the Pre-College Program.

    For more information about current guidelines and policies, please visit the UC Davis Campus Ready website.
  • I am interested in a program you previously offered that is not listed on your current website. Will you be offering that program this year?
  • Programs are decided each year based on staff and department availability, so we cannot guarantee that all program offerings will be available each year.

    All confirmed and previously offered programs are displayed on our website. To indicate interest in a previous program, please click “Notify Me” next to your program of interest.

    To receive notifications about upcoming programming, make sure to sign up for our mailing list by filling out the “Get More Info” form on our website.
  • I will be entering high school next year/graduating from high school this summer. Am I eligible to attend?
  • Please check the description of the program you are hoping to attend. Our instructors provide us with guidelines to help us decide grade-level requirements for each program. Regardless of grade level, we do not accept students younger than 14 or older than 18 in the program.
  • How do I enroll?
  • Please visit our Enrollment Process page to learn more about the application and enrollment guidelines.

    Please visit our Dates and Fees page for more details about prices associated with application and enrollment.

  • While I'm in the program, can I explore the campus or Bodega Bay on my own?
  • Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by program staff at all times during the program, in accordance with University Policy.

    Students over the age of 18 are asked to stay with the group and under supervision in order to create a safe and fair atmosphere for all participants.

    Commuter students will be asked to sign in every morning when they arrive on campus and sign out before leaving campus for the evening. Once students have signed out, supervision and further program activities will not be provided until the following day.

    Bodega Marine Lab is located on a protected reserve, so access rules for all staff, instructors and participants are regulated more strictly.

  • Can international students participate in the Summer Pre-College Programs?
  • Our Summer Pre-College Programs provide an extraordinary cultural and academic opportunity for international students. Because our pre-college program is academically rigorous, participation requires a very high level of English proficiency. In addition to the standard application requirements, international students are also asked to submit language proficiency exam scores, such as TOEFL or IELTS. Once admitted into the Summer Pre-College Programs, students will be required to submit additional materials for registration, including:

    I-20 Request Form: UC Davis assists non-U.S. citizens in obtaining F-1 student visa status. (You may not attend the UC Davis Pre-College Programs in tourist visa status.) An I-20 request form is the necessary first step for obtaining F-1 visa status. Please note that there may be fees related to your I-20 and visa processing that are not paid to UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and that are not included in the program costs listed on our website.

    Certification of Finances: According to U.S. federal regulations, we must obtain certification that students have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while in the program.

    Health Insurance: Students will need to provide proof of health insurance coverage or will have the option of purchasing coverage through UC Davis Extension, at a cost of approximately $200.

    International students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure time for visa processing. Later applications will be accepted but because visa processing time varies, the UC Davis Summer Pre-College Programs cannot be responsible for guaranteeing completion before the program start date.

    Admitted students will receive additional information, the required forms, and submission instructions along with their notice of acceptance into the program.
  • Can I drive myself to the Program?
  • Yes, but you will need to pay the visitor parking rates set by the campus parking authority, TAPS.

    In 2022, “C” permits cost $12 per day. Visit to learn more about paying for parking on Campus.

    Please note that commuter and residential students will be expected to travel by bus/on foot/by bicycle with other students during scheduled program activities.
  • I have a different specific question. Who do I get in contact with?
  • You can reach program staff for specific questions by emailing us at