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Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ's below refer to the Global Environmental Leadership & Sustainability (GELS) program. 


What are the dates?
Do I need to fill out an application?
What is the application deadline? 
What are the requirements?
Can you reserve my seat?
Is financial aid available?
How do I check to see if I am enrolled?
Are the GELS courses available for credit?
What does a daily program schedule look like?
Which grading option should I select?
Can I change my grading option?
How do I request a transcript?
When is the last day I can drop with a refund?
Can international students register?
Can I join a programs waitlist? 

What are the dates? 
GELS Hawaii Program Dates: June 22 - June 29, 2024 .

Do I need to fill out an application?
Yes. An application is also required for all GELS programs and require a $100 non-refundable application fee. Please view the Apply Now tab for instructions and the link to apply. 

What is the application deadline? 
All GELS programs admit students on a rolling basis. Applications will remain open until a program has reached its max capacity. We highly recommend that students apply to a program as soon as possible if they are extremely interested in attending as spots fill up quickly.

Once a program reaches its max capacity, students can opt in their applicatioin to be placed on a waitlist should a spot in the program become available later on should a student drop-or miss their payment deadline. 

What are the requirements?
Students must currently be enrolled in grades 9-12 and at least 14 years of age. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

For GELS Hawaii we ask that applicants also be comfortable engaging in water activities, as it is critical component of engagement during the program. 

Can you reserve my seat?
Enrollment is on a rolling basis. To secure your seat, please register as soon as you receive your acceptance email with the instructions on how to do so. Once you have paid to regist, please allow 1 to 2 business days for processing. Registration should be under the student’s name. Please make sure to log out of your personal account if you are registering your child. 

Is financial aid available?
Global Environmental Leadership & Sustainability programs are self-supported programs that does not receive any State or Federal funding. As a result, we are unable to offer financial aid or grants to our program participants. Students are encouraged to reach out to their school counselors and community for scholarship opportunities.

How do I check to see if I am enrolled?
Log into your
MyExtension account using your email address on file. Once you register for a course, it takes 1 to 2 business days to see the course on your MyExtension account.

Are the GELS courses available for credit?
Each course is available for 3-precollege units. Transferability is up to the receiving institution.

What does a programs daily schedule look like? 
Please visit the program page for more details: 
GELS Hawaii Daily Schedule 

Note: The daily schedule for a program can be subject to change. New program schedules are released in December of each year.

Which grading option should I select?
At UC San Diego Extension, you have the option to choose how you want your course(s) graded. Not all grading options are available for all courses. If you don’t choose a grading option, the default grading option will be assigned. Please note that this course is not part of a certificate program but the description for each still follows. Please note that Academic Connection courses are not part of a certificate program but the description for each still follows. 

  • Letter Grade: A grade between A+ and F reflects your performance in the course and is included in your grade point average (GPA) calculation. A passing grade counts toward your earned credit hours or the required number of units for your certificate.
  • Pass/No Pass: A grade of P or NP reflects whether you have passed the course, but does not otherwise indicate your performance. These grades are not included in your GPA calculation; however a P (passing) grade counts toward your earned credit hours or the required number of units for your certificate.

  • Not for Credit: A grade of “NFC” reflects that you were enrolled in the course but does not indicate your performance. This grade appears on your transcript, but is not included in your GPA calculation and is not counted toward your earned credit hours or the required number of units for your certificate.

You will have the opportunity to select your grading option when you enroll in your course.

Can I change my grading option?
You may change your grading option at any time before the final class meeting (by 11:59 p.m. on the day before the published end date for online courses) or before final grades are posted, whichever comes first. Since the program ends on 7/26/2024, the deadline to change your grading option for an AC online course is by 11:59pm (PST) on Thursday, July 25, 2023.

  1. Log in to My Extension.
  2. Navigate to "My Courses" and select the course you would like to change.
  3. On the right side under "Tools," select "Change Grading Option."
  4. In the pop-up window that appears, click "Submit."

Or submit a written request via email to You will receive an email confirmation within one to two business days after your request is processed.

How do I request a transcript?
For instructions on how to order a transcript, please click here. If you’ve never ordered transcripts through Parchment before, you will need to register for a Parchment account. Details can be found from the link above. All transcripts will be printed and delivered by one of the methods listed here. Transcript requests are processed by Student Services. Should you have any questions, please contact them at

You can also view/download your grade report by logging in your MyExtension here.

When is the last day I can drop with a refund?

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason prior to April 5, 2024 will receive a 50% tuition refund.

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason April 6 - April 26, 2024 will receive 25% tuition refund

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after April 27, 2024 will only be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program or who leave because of homesickness.

All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Program Manager, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to GELS. 

Can international students register?
Yes. GELS courses are open to domestic and international students. For questions regarding visa requirements please email our International Programs Department at:

Can I join a programs waitlist? 
Yes, when applying to a GELS program our application will ask if you would like to be considered for the waitlist should the program become full. 

We expect the highest standards of behavior from our students both in personal conduct and in commitment to academic pursuits. Students and parents are required to adhere to the GELS Code of conduct guidelines, which you will receive in your GELS Handbook Packet upon admission.

We expect students to:

  • strive to do their best work possible in their courses
  • tolerate and respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and national origins
  • behave in a friendly, cooperative, and responsible manner
  • attend all classes/lectures, activities, and meetings
  • observe all rules for student conduct

Students who are unable to live up to these expectations will not be accommodated.

Students may be dismissed from the programs for any of the following reasons:

  • not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner
  • cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other acts of academic dishonesty
  • being in restricted areas or being unaccompanied by a staff member
  • being in an opposite-sex building, room, or suite
  • leaving their suite or room after lights-out
  • stealing or vandalizing property
  • possessing or using tobacco, alcohol, or any drug
  • hazing
  • undermining the safety or well-being of self or others

No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from the program. If a student damages property, the cost of repair or replacement is added to the student account balance and is the responsibility of the parent(s).

Prohibited Items

We reserve the right to seize for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, pose undue risk to the safety and well-being of people, or pose undue risk to property.

The following items should not be brought to the program:

  • weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and martial arts devices)
  • any flame-producing device (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers)
  • trading cards, including Magic®
  • pets of any kind
  • products that damage surface finishes (brand names Slime®, Gak®, etc.)
  • bicycles, skateboards, surf boards, roller blades, scooters, or skates
  • water guns
  • laser pointers

All staff are first aid and CPR certified, so they are able to screen student medical complaints and provide first aid. In general, students who become ill or injured during the program are referred to local emergency rooms for treatment. A program staff member accompanies the student on any such trips, and parents are informed as soon as possible. The costs associated with these referrals are the responsibility of the student's family.

UC San Diego Extension reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any program. Because Extension receives no state revenue support, classes may be canceled at or prior to the first scheduled meeting if fewer than the required minimum number of students enroll. Refer to complete details in this catalog regarding refunds of fees. The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 (effective July 1, 1978) requires that the university provide the following information to individuals who are asked to supply information about themselves. The principal purpose for requesting information on the enrollment form is for processing your enrollment in UC San Diego Extension courses. University policy authorizes maintenance of this information. Furnishing all of the information requested on this form is mandatory if you are enrolling for credit or contact hours. Failure to provide this information will delay or may even prevent completion of the action for which the form is being filled out. Furnishing the information requested on this form is voluntary if you are enrolling for non-credit.

The information furnished may be used by various university departments for verifying enrollment status and will be transmitted to the state and federal governments if required by law. Individuals have the right of access to this record as it pertains to themselves. Maintenance of the records mentioned above is the responsibility of the chief operating officer, UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs, University of California, San Diego. Federal Privacy Act of 1974.

Disclosure of your social security number is mandatory, as it is used to verify your identity on transcripts and other records. This recordkeeping system was established prior to January 1, 1975, by authority of the Regents of the University of California under Article IX, Section 9, of the California Constitution, and complies with the provisions of the Federal Privacy Act of 1974.


The University of California, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the university discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, university programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admission, financial aid, educational services, and student employment. Inquiries regarding the university's equal opportunity policies may be directed to office of the dean, UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs, (858) 534-3412.

University of California: Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy Regarding Academic and Staff Employment

It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized). This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws and University policies.

In addition, it is the policy of the University to undertake affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a Federal contractor, for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, and any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. The University commits itself to apply every good faith effort to achieve prompt and full utilization of minorities and women in all segments of its workforce where deficiencies exist. These efforts conform to all current legal and regulatory requirements, and are consistent with University standards of quality and excellence.

In conformance with Federal regulations, written affirmative action plans shall be prepared and maintained by each campus of the University, by each Department of Energy Laboratory, by the Office of the President, and by the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Such plans shall be reviewed and approved by the Office of the President and the Office of the General Counsel before they are officially promulgated.