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Practice with $75,000 per year salary at the University of California, Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension

UCSC is one of the top 10 universities in the prestigious University of California, ranked the 81st best university in the United States (U.S. News & World Rankings, 2018).

1. Introduce UC Santa Cruz - Silicon Valley extension

UC Santa Cruz as well as most UC campuses have an Extension facility not on the main campus. UCSC Silicon Valley is dedicated to teaching Professional Certificate programs.

US students who complete this course will be issued a certificate directly from UC Santa Cruz. All credits are Graduate Credits, which can be used to transfer to Master courses if the student has a need.

2. Curriculum

With 17 majors ranging from Biology, Business and Management, Education to Technology and Engineering, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension offers a wide range of options for most of your needs. Most programs last for 3 quarters 9 months, TESOL alone lasts for 4 quarters 12 months. Some specializations also allow students to complete in two quarters of 6 months, but will not be accompanied by OPT opportunities. All international students will apply for the F-1 visa.

During the Certificate, students will be assisted in finding internship opportunities. Upon successful completion of the course, students will also receive OPT support and paid employment in Silicon Valley. Currently, 100% of UCSC students practice and OPT with an average salary of $ 75,000 per year.

Since this is a program designed for working professionals, trainees will practice daytime from 8AM to 5PM, then the class will be from 6PM to 10PM on weekdays or on weekdays. day in the weekend. Companies usually require trainees 2-4 days per week.


3. Input conditions

The Professional Certificate Program is not limited to age and focus on practical experience, so international students only need two main conditions to enter and look for work opportunities in Silicon Valley:

Hold Bachelor degree and
English level is equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 80
In the case of lower English proficiency at the level of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 66, students may take the Certificate and Internship Preparation course three months before entering the main Certificate Course; or EC English for Academic Purposes courses at UCSC - Silicon Valley.

4. Students

Thus, the object of this program is very broad, can be:

New graduated or inexperienced students, either in Vietnam or in the US.
People who have worked and wanted to go to school to improve their knowledge, to advance in the work or want to change to other majors.
The owner of the business, has its own company wants to have more knowledge, skills on a certain array.
5. Employment opportunities

UCSC classmates are called Instructors / Mentors rather than Professors. They are experienced in the industry and may be holding major positions in companies and corporations right in Silicon Valley.

Most of the students in the class are also working in Silicon Valley and also have a lot of practical experience in the area.

Employment opportunities also come from the majors of the 17 majors:

Biology: Biotechnology and Clinical Trials at UCSC are well suited to students who have a background in medicine, medicine, health care, science, biology, chemistry, and more.
Business & Management: Many practitioners from Vietnam are currently pursuing this sector. There are thousands of vacancies in the Silicon Valley marketing industry that need quality candidates.
Education: Currently, UCSC has a TESOL course in this field. This is a very big market, which is very potential that students can consider.
Technology and Technology: In this sector of the world, the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge in Silicon Valley is truly valuable. Students have the opportunity to visit these large companies (Facebook, Tesla, Apple, Intel, Netflix, ...) or even practice here.


6. Day admission and cost

Day admission:

Specific cost:

Other fees:

  • Application fee: $ 150
  • I-20 Delivery Fee: $ 50
  • Insurance: $ 20 / week
  • Internship Support: $ 200 *

* This fee is included in the Certificate & Internship Preparation course; support services and not committed to the placement.

  • Accommodation fee: $ 300
  • Homestay: $ 1,460 / 4 weeks
  • Airport shuttle (one way): $ 130 (San Francisco / San Jose / Oakland)
  • Student financial records only need to demonstrate a minimum of $ 30,000 for a Certificate course. In addition, the school also offers a variety of scholarship programs for students from all over the world.

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