FSSP International Students

The Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) gives incoming International Freshman Students a head start on coursework and facilitates a successful academic and social transition from high school into UCSB.

What does it include?

  • 7-13 units of regular UCSB courses. (The average load is 9 units.) With nearly 90 courses to choose from, you will have plenty of options as you work toward your major, pre-major, or General Education requirements. Additionally, all FSSP students enroll in a common course, The Modern Research University, created to help you learn about faculty and undergraduate research as well as the many opportunities and resources UCSB offers.

  • Faculty Mentors. To help ease the transition to a new culture and academic system, FSSP has created special activities for our international students. You will meet with Faculty Mentors to ensure a rewarding experience at UCSB.

  • Freshman Seminars. We highly recommend that you enroll in one of our Freshman Seminars. In these small seminars, you will work closely with a faculty member in his or her research area and you will be introduced to various aspects of academic life and culture at UCSB.

  • Reduced cost in summer. International students pay the same as California residents during the Summer term. Attending FSSP and future summer sessions offers you the ability to save money and graduate early.

  • Make new friends! International students attending FSSP will live with other FSSP students in the same Residence Hall. With limited enrollment, students form friendships that last throughout their college experience and beyond.

  • Transition and Support. Academic and personal support from student services such as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS), College of Letters & Science advisors, Counseling & Career Services, Student Health, and the Wellness Program help make the transition to UCSB a smooth one.

  • Many extracurricular activities. Some recent activities include an opening beach BBQ and beach day, performance and discussion by a professional Shakespearean Troupe, faculty-led field trips to museums, faculty-student lunches, sailing trips, hikes in the Santa Barbara mountains, dances, pizza parties, and sporting activities.

  • Weeklong camping trip between the end of FSSP and the beginning of the Fall quarter (optional).