Open University

Gain access to UCSB’s entire catalog of Academic Courses, earn college credits, and explore the wealth of knowledge of a world-class research university.

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Take UCSB courses without formal admission!

The Open University Program allows you to learn at a world-class research university. With thousands of courses to choose from, you can enroll in any class you are interested in, provided you meet course prerequisites and space is available. Experience the rewards of learning from UCSB’s distinguished faculty while paying on a per-unit basis – all without being formally admitted to UCSB. Everyone is welcome to apply in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Scholarships are available!

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Young Scholars Program

Did you know that you can take UCSB courses toward your college credits before you finish high school?

The Young Scholar Program offers you, a high-achieving, pre-college student in the local area, an opportunity to begin university-level study while you're still in high school. Qualified high school students are nominated by their school guidance counselors or principals. Talk to your school counselors or contact us to know more. Enrollment for Young Scholars Program is for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.

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UCSB Students

UCSB Seniors: save on tuition costs, complete final classes for graduation, and graduate on time. If you are a UCSB student not able to maintain full-time student status, you can take the outstanding courses toward your degree in  Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters through Open University.  Save on campus-based fees and time: do not wait for Summer to complete your degree! Academically disqualified students may also be able to continue their degree progression via Open University: please contact an advisor in your College to discuss your Open University options. 

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Career Professionals

Expand your knowledge, advance your career, and learn at a top-rated university.

Did you know that you don't need to be formally admitted to UCSB to take UCSB courses? Use Open University to enroll in any of the UCSB courses. Further your education, sharpen your expertise, learn something new, be on campus, and enjoy all that UCSB has to offer as a state of the art research institute. Contact us to know more

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Meet prerequisites for advanced degrees, resume your academic study, start college early and earn credits towards the completion of your degree.

If you live on California's Central Coast, you have access to one of the top 10 public universities in the country! Take advantage of that to further your education at your own pace. Take UCSB courses through our Open University and enhance your subject matter expertise and re-discover your academic self.

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UCSB PaCE - Open University provides an opportunity to enroll in UCSB campus courses on a space-available basis without formal admission to the University. Concurrent Enrollment is available for fall, winter, and spring terms.

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“This program provides you with a fundamental understanding of marketing and financial investment methodologies based on practical experience and real-life scenarios.”

-Eric Czubiak