UC Davis College Preparation Summer Academy

Applying to college can be tough, particularly for international students who may be less familiar with U.S. academic culture, but with our three-week summer college preparation program, international high school students will gain necessary skills and tips for successfully applying to American Universities. Designed for international 11th and 12th grade students who are planning to apply to a U.S. university as undergraduates, this program will help students improve their academic and study skills and give them a unique introduction to college life.

As many universities transition to eliminating standardized tests for college admissions such as SAT and ACT, it is important for international high school students to understand the admissions process. In this program, students will learn how to respond to personal insight questions (application essays), a significant part of the application process. In addition, students will focus on improving academic skills for future academic success and building confidence in their English language fluency. While attending this program, students will live in residence halls on campus, experiencing firsthand what it’s like to attend a Tier 1 research institution. They’ll also learn about research opportunities available at UC Davis, including those available to undergraduates.

Program Benefits

  • Understand the U.S. college admissions process, particularly the UC Davis admissions process
  • Earn 2 units of UC Davis academic credit
  • Experience life on campus at a Tier 1 research institution
  • Learn best practices for responding to personal insight questions for University of California and other college application essays
  • Improve academic skills for future academic success, including writing and organizational skills, discussion and leadership skills, listening and critical thinking skills, and reading skills
  • Gain the confidence to think and speak logically in English
  • Understand academic and cultural expectations in higher education in the U.S.

Program Details

The program consists of five hours of daily instruction in academic skills, application essay writing and academic success building, as well as weekly special presentations and weekend activities and site visits to other UC campuses. View a sample schedule.

  • Welcome and Check-In: July 7, 2024
  • Class Begins: July 8, 2024
  • Closing/Certificate Ceremony: July 26, 2024
  • Departure/Check-out: July 27, 2024
  • Academic Skills (2 hours daily) - Includes writing skills, listening skills, critical thinking skills and reading skills.
  • Application Essay Writing (2 hours each daily) - Personal insight responses
  • Academic Success (1 hour daily) - Time management skills and discussion and leadership skills

Program Fees

  • Application Fee: $100
  • Program Fee: $5,995
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International Center

463 California Ave, Davis, CA, 95616

Section Notes

Our in-person UC Davis College Preparation Summer Academy will take place on the UC Davis main campus from July 8 – July 26, 2024.

Welcome and Check-In: Sunday, July 7

Class start:  Monday, July 8

Closing/Certificate ceremony: Friday, July 26

Checkout and Departure: Saturday, July 27

Application Fee: $100

Application fees are nonrefundable.

Tuition Fee: $5,995

Includes fees for on-campus dormitory accommodations.

Once we have confirmed your completed application and payment, you will receive additional information and details about the program.

Please contact youth@ucde.ucdavis.edu for any questions.

Enrollment Policies

Designed for international 11th and 12th grade students who plan to apply to a U. S. university or within the UC system.

Technical Requirements

Students are asked to bring their own laptops to the program to use in daily classes.