Will Summer Sessions courses be delivered face-to-face or via remote instruction?

At this time we are preparing to offer a robust lineup of courses and opportunities virtually during Summer 2021. While there is a possibility of some in-person courses and offerings depending on guidance from public health officials as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are committed to ensuring a wide variety of remote options so that our students can make progress toward their academic goals from wherever they may be. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority. We will share more information on our website as it becomes available.

What’s the difference between an online course and “remote instruction”?

Online courses have been specifically vetted, approved, and optimized for online learning. Courses being delivered remotely were designed for in-person instruction, and are being adapted for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.  

Are there online courses available?

We will continue to offer a number of fully online courses during Summer 2021.  These courses have been specifically designed for online delivery in cooperation with campus pedagogical experts, and are vetted by test students before being offered, in order to provide the best possible online learning experience. Fully online courses scheduled to be offered this year will be posted on the Summer Sessions website leading up to summer registration in April. These courses are also recognizable in GOLD and other systems, because they have a “W” between the subject and number (e.g. PSTAT W 120A instead of PSTAT 120A).

Will I get a refund if I change my plans?

Students who drop courses or cancel their Summer Quarter in accordance with published Summer Sessions deadlines will receive a full refund. At this time billing dates and payment deadlines are not expected to change. 


If courses are delivered remotely, will I still be charged a campus-based fee?

Campus-based fees will continue to be charged as usual. These fees are voted in by a student referendum and fund co-curricular programs, activities, and services that directly benefit students. These services include, but are not limited to, counseling, advising, tutoring, student information systems, and programs. While instruction is being delivered remotely, the UC Santa Barbara community is working hard to provide these services to students in a virtual setting. To find out what virtual services are being offered during the campus closure, please visit the website of the office that provides that service. Students can also log into Shoreline to find out more about current services and events. Financial aid packages will continue to take these fees into account. 

What do I do if I can’t afford Summer Sessions fees? 

Students facing financial challenges due to COVID-19 (e.g. unplanned expenses, changes to employment, etc.) should visit the Financial Aid website for the latest guidance. Students who do not qualify for aid can reach out to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or the BARC Office to discuss options. 

What options do I have for Summer housing?

At this time, campus officials are working closely with public health experts to develop a plan to safely welcome students back to campus housing. The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty remain our top priority during this process. More details on housing availability for Summer 2021 will be forthcoming. 

What will happen to the Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) and Transfer Edge?

The campus is committed to making a decision about the delivery style for these programs in the coming months, in hopes that campus leadership and public health officials will deem it safe to return to campus before the programs are scheduled to begin. In the event that this does not happen, we have a dedicated team of experts prepared to transition the programs to the virtual space. We are committed to providing a strong academic experience, access to helpful workshops and resources, and social and community-building activities for our incoming students.


Will Pre-College Programs still be available to qualified high school students? 

Yes. UC Santa Barbara will offer two programmatic options for pre-college students: the Research Mentorship Program and the Summer Research Academies. 

The Research Mentorship Program (RMP) is thrilled to announce that it will be offering an innovative and transformational virtual program this summer. We are working with mentors and faculty to carefully select challenging projects that can be executed remotely, while fostering academic, personal, professional, and social growth for each participant. Our team is designing a robust academic curriculum, adapting existing program components, such as GRIT talks and workshops, and developing new social activities to successfully deliver them in this virtual setting. We will share more information with our participants as details are developed.

The Summer Research Academies (SRA) is excited to offer an outstanding virtual research program this summer that will be an engaging and rich experience for our students. Instructors and Teaching Assistants are designing each research track for remote delivery, and innovating with tools and technologies to ensure that students receive a comprehensive introduction to the research enterprise while learning and growing with like-minded peers. Our team is adapting existing program components, such as GRIT talks and workshops, and developing new social activities to successfully deliver them in this virtual setting. We look forward to sharing more information about each track with our participants as details are developed.


Where can I learn more about UC Santa Barbara’s response to COVID-19?

UC Santa Barbara continues to monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak, and has provided guidance and ongoing updates at