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University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, USA

Since its founding in 1965, the University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service.

The campus was welcomed into the Association of American Universities in 2019 while also being ranked No. 2 for social mobility, honors that together underscore the impact and quality of the campus’s research and graduate and undergraduate education.

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz offers rigorous academic programs and cutting-edge research opportunities that teach students how to think, not what to think.

A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are central to UCSC’s core values.

From 652 students in 1965, the campus has grown to its current enrollment of more than 18,000 students. Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in 59 different majors supervised by divisional deans of arts, engineering, humanities, physical & biological sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students work toward graduate certificates, master’s degrees, or doctoral degrees in more than 40 academic programs under the supervision of the divisional and graduate deans.

Website: https://global.ucsc.edu

VSE Season 1, 2022-23: Courses offered by University of California, Santa Cruz


Important - Read Before Applying

Each student can enroll in ONE academic course offered by UCSC at VSE Season 1, 2022-23 only. VSE students applying for two courses should indicate their choices of preference (1st/ 2nd choice) by emailing apru.vse@cuhk.edu.hk immediately after submitting the applications through the VSE application system.



Application Deadline

Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
Aug 26, 2022 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)




Academic Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's academic requirements listed below:

- Minimum GPA of 2.5 (on 4-point scale), or equivalent.
- In good academic standing, with endorsement from the home university to participate in APRU VSE.
- Each student can enroll in only ONE course offered at UCSC per VSE season.
- Please see course descriptions for any applicable course-specific requirements and restrictions.

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at UCSC.




English Language Proficiency Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's English language proficiency requirements listed below:

All applicants who attend a school in a country where English is not the native language or whose language of instruction at their home institution is not English must adequately demonstrate English competency.

Applicants may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from one of the following tests:

-IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall band score of 6.5 or higher*, includes IELTS Indicator Exam (through fall 2022)
-TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet-based test (iBT) or iBT Home Edition: Minimum score of 80 or better. Paper-delivered test: Minimum score of 60 or better
-SAT (March 2016 or later) Writing & Language Test: 31 or higher
-SAT (prior to March 2016) Writing Exam: 560 or higher
-ACT combined English-Writing or English Language Arts portion: 24 or higher
-AP English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition: 3, 4, or 5
-IB Standard Level examination in English: Literature, or Language and Literature: 6 or 7
-IB Higher Level examination in English: Literature, or Language and Literature: 5, 6, or 7
-Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum score of 115 (through Fall 2022)

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at UCSC.



Course Information

Course information posted on this page are provided by the course offering university and may be changed or updated anytime without prior notice.

Click on the course titles to reveal full course details:

Number of Credits5
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Course TeacherProf. Heather Savage
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 22, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 2, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC-7 until Nov 5 / UTC-8 after Nov 6
Course DescriptionCauses and effects of earthquakes. How do we measure, mitigate, and try to predict earthquakes? Plate motion, frictional faulting, earthquake triggering, wave propagation, earthquake damage, related hazards, and other social effects. Hazard reduction through earthquake forecasting and earthquake-resistant design.
Course OutlineFrom Recent Offering
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsAdvanced algebra and high school geometry recommended.
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsAny applicable fees for course materials; These fees vary; Details regarding any required materials for this course will be found by clicking on 'Textbooks' and 'Course Readers' links in the relevant course entry in the UCSC Class Search Tool
Number of Credits5
Offering DepartmentDepartment of History
Course TeacherProf. Minghui Hu
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 22, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 2, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC-7 until Nov 5 / UTC-8 after Nov 6
Course DescriptionHuman curiosity and inquiry changed and varied widely across Eurasia. This course surveys how the curiosity and inquiry were framed in three major civilizations (China, Islam and Judeo-Christian) from the Mongol conquest of Eurasia in the 13th century to the beginning of industrial capitalism in the 19th century.
Course OutlineFrom Recent Offering
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsEnrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsAny applicable fees for course materials; These fees vary; Details regarding any required materials for this course will be found by clicking on 'Textbooks' and 'Course Readers' links in the relevant course entry in the UCSC Class Search Tool
Number of Credits5
Offering DepartmentDepartment of History
Course TeacherProf. Minghui Hu
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 22, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 2, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC-7 until Nov 5 / UTC-8 after Nov 6
Course DescriptionProvides overview of global environmental history from prehistoric times to the present. Explores how Homo Sapiens became the dominant species on the planet, how some of them managed to grow food and domesticate animals, and how these agrarian or nomadic societies developed states or even empires. Explores what many have called the Anthropocene Epoch in the evolution of Earth.
Course OutlineFrom Recent Offering
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsEnrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Points to Note for StudentsN/A
Fees to be Borne by StudentsAny applicable fees for course materials; These fees vary; Details regarding any required materials for this course will be found by clicking on 'Textbooks' and 'Course Readers' links in the relevant course entry in the UCSC Class Search Tool
Number of Credits5
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Linguistics
Course TeacherJason Ostrove
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassSep 22, 2022
Last Day of ClassDec 2, 2022
Course ComponentLectureDiscussion
Mode of TeachingAsynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeN/AChoose one section to enroll in:​

(Section I) ​W​ed​ 1200-​1305; or
​(Section ​J​) ​W​ed​ 1​320-​14​25; or
​(Section K) Th​u​ ​15​20-​16​25; or
​(Section ​L​) ​Th​u​ ​1720-​18​25
Time ZoneUTC-7 until Nov 5 / UTC-8 after Nov 6
Course DescriptionAn introduction to the major areas, problems, and techniques of modern linguistics.
Course OutlineFrom Recent Offering
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must enroll in the asynchronous Lecture, and select from ONE of the Discussion sections available to APRU VSE students (Section I, J, K, or L). The Discussion section is conducted synchronously; please note the times are listed in local time in California.
Fees to be Borne by StudentsAny applicable fees for course materials; These fees vary; Details regarding any required materials for this course will be found by clicking on 'Textbooks' and 'Course Readers' links in the relevant course entry in the UCSC Class Search Tool


Before Making an Application

Make sure you have thoroughly read the information on this page and the Academics page before making an application. If you have a question, email us at apru.vse@cuhk.edu.hk or contact the VSE Coordinators at your home university or course offering university,