Skip to content

Programs and Host Institutions : Brochure

This page is the brochure for the university or program that you clicked on. Students cannot apply directly to universities participating in the Global E³ Program.

Go to "How to Apply" for information on the application process.
  • Locations: Santa Clara, CA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Bioengineering, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, Web Design & Engrg
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

University Info 

School of Engineering

Founded in 1912, the School of Engineering educates tomorrow's technical leaders in small and rigorous classes taught by expert faculty members. The undergraduate program is ranked among the nation's top 30 engineering schools; the outstanding graduate program offers master's and Ph.D. degrees.


Santa Clara University aspires to create a learning and service community which promotes competence, conscience, and compassion among students, faculty, and staff.  Embedded within these goals is a mandate to pursue scholarly understanding and constructive engagement with the world.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: NOT Accepted

Fall Quarter Preferred

If students want to come for the equivalent of a spring semester they need to apply for winter/spring quarters.  The winter quarter starts in early January and spring quarter ends mid/late June.


English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores

  • Demonstrated English Proficiency - Proof of minimum test score of TOEFL PBT 575; TOEFL CBT 230; TOEFL IBT 90; IELTS 6.5; iTEP 4.5; Pearson 61; or SAT Critical Reading 630.

Disciplines Available

  • Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Web Design & Engineering

Academic Calendar

Quarter Dates

Course Contents

Course Descriptions:
Undergraduate Bulletin   |   Graduate Engineering Bulletin   |   Course Timetables (Schedule of Classes) usually posed 2-4 weeks before start of quarter

If you have questions about courses please contact Andrea Muilenburg - Interim Director of Study Abroad, Global Engagement Office.

Workload per semester

For your J-1 student visa you are required to take a minimum of 12 units, up to a maximum of 19 units. Most undergraduate classes are either 4 or 5 units, graduate classes 2 units. 

Grading System: 4.0

Academic Transcripts


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?  Yes

When can exchange students move in to the hall of residence?

Fall:  The week before International Student Welcome.
Winter/Spring Quarters: The day before classes begin.


Entry Visa  J-1 Visa

Health Insurance & Immunizations

All incoming exchange students are required to purchase the SCU Gallagher Silver Plan to cover them for their duration of their stay in the U.S.  Additional information about the policy and instructions on how to purchase the insurance policy are provided to exchange students after they have been accepted by SCU and have been issued an SCU student ID number. 


When should I arrive?

We ask that all our exchange students arrive on campus for International Student Welcome prior to the start of classes. Students will receive specific arrival information after being accepted by SCU.

Is airport reception available? No.

Is there any bank on campus? An ATM is available on campus and two banks are located with a block of campus. 


Estimated Expenses

Food/meals  Varies


  • On-campus: Single $4,711 - $7,182 per quarter / Double $3,901 - $4,463 per quarter
  • Off-campus: $1000 - $1400/month

Local transportation

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport)from San Francisco/Oakland area, Cal Train, VTA, (local bus service), Taxi Services

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery)  Varies

Personal expenses  Varies


Office responsible for international exchange students   

SCU Global Engagement Office


Santa Clara University is located in Santa Clara, CA. Santa Clara is closely bordered by San Jose, CA. Once a small farming city, San Jose experienced rapid growth from the 1950s to the present. San Jose is now the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Jose is the third-largest city in California, the tenth-largest in the United States, and the county seat of Santa Clara County. It is located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. San José has a world-renowned quality of life, offering a wide variety of exciting cultural, recreational, and educational and entertainment opportunities. In addition, the City of San José has a marvelous ethnic diversity and a beautiful climate. The university is located about 10 minutes from the San Jose International Airport the best airport for students to arrive and depart from.  The university is also only about 10 minutes (or less) from downtown San Jose.

Please report broken links, errors, or any other problems regarding this page to and reference the page where you found the problem.

The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.