Visiting Scholars Program

Spend 3, 6 or 9 months at UCSB learning new principles and methodologies in teaching.



Why VSP UC Santa Barbara?

Our Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) is geared towards instructors wanting to develop, refine and ultimately apply researched skills in their classrooms, regardless of it is a secondary or higher education classroom.

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Program Options:

Options available:
Program duration January 2020 - June 2020, 3 and/or 6 Month.

Visiting Scholars Program (VSP)
        - This option includes the teaching certificate program only 

Visiting Scholars Program: Enhanced (VSP Enhanced)
        - This option includes the following per quarter:  
            - 1 academic course enrollment 
            - 1 English language enrichment course 
            -  Teaching Certificate Program
            - Advising Coordination from faculty member

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Application Requirements:
- copy of passport (scholar + dependents)
- proof of English proficiency (May be waived)
- official transcript or proof of professional employment in English
- financial statement (tuition plus estimated living expenses for scholar + dependent)

Please allow for at least 3 months to officially receive your visa, and arrive on-time.

Teaching Certificate Program (VSP Only)

Professionalism -1st Qtr

- Roles & Duties of Professors

- Working with Teaching Assistants

- Evaluating Teaching

- Managing Workload 

- Reading & Videos

- 2 Mentor Interviews

- 2 short Reflections

Curriculum Planning -1st Qtr

- Department Curriculum Planning

- Program Learning Outcomes 

- Aligning Assessments

- Curriculum Maps

- Reading & Videos

- 1 Online Quiz

- 2 Mini Assignments

- 1 Short Reflection

Course Design -2nd Qtr

- Learning Objectives & Alignment

- Formative Assessment

- Evaluating Teaching

- Syllabus Design

- Reading & Videos

- 1 Class Observation

- 2 Mini Assignments

- 1 Short Reflection

Active Learning -2nd Qtr

- Defining Active Learning

- Working w/ Educational Tech

- Student Participation 

- Classroom Management 

- Reading & Videos

- 1 Online Quiz

- 1 Class Observation

- 2 Assignments, 1 Reflection

Visiting Scholars Program: Enhanced

This option includes the following per quarter:
- 1 academic course enrollment
- 1 English language enrichment course
- 1 Teaching Certificate Program

VSP Info

*The chart shows four standard options for the Visiting Scholars Program (Enhanced). Scholars can customize the program to their convenience and the fee will be adjusted.

"When I return to my homeland, I will show these compositions to my students and tell them that on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, there is such a kind, respectable, and dedicated teacher. She often stays up late correcting our English composition word for word which impressed me deeply. Thank you, Gigi."

-Yu, Jianping (Shark)