About Silicon Valley

About Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the nickname for the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, which is located in Northern California.

Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations and thousands of startup companies.

Silicon Valley is all of Santa Clara plus a little of neighboring counties. It’s generally the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area an hour by car to San Francisco and about 30 minutes by car to the beach at Santa Cruz.

With 300 sunny days per year the weather is hard to beat.

UCSC Silicon Valley is a branch of the world-renowned University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the US’s premier public higher education institutions (ranked #70 in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report).

Located in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley Extension offers practical, career-oriented certificate programs right in the heart of Silicon Valley – an area world-famous for cutting edge innovation in IT, global business, and entrepreneurship.

The school’s modern facility shares a neighborhood with some of the nation’s top companies, including Apple, eBay, Intel, and Cisco. Its perfect location has helped make UCSC Extension attuned to the needs of industry.

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Alejandro Jimenez

It was very cool being around people that work in the big companies you’ve always followed. You get to study with them and understand the work they're doing. Everything you need to get your skills up and running.

– Alejandro Jimenez from Colombia
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