Preparing for Admission as an International Student
Applying for Admission
As an undergraduate, a student may apply for admission as a freshman or a
transfer. You are a freshman applicant if you completed secondary school and
have not enrolled in a regular session at any college or university. You are
a transfer applicant if you completed secondary school and enrolled in a
college or university. You may not disregard any college record. Admission
to UC Irvine is competitive and selective in several majors.
All schools attended since the beginning of secondary school must be
reported on the UC application when the student applies. This will assist
UC Irvine in determining the student's status (freshman or transfer).
To be considered for admission to UCI as a freshman, international
students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in
academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables
the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.
Students who have attended school under the British system must present
5 GCSE/Ordinary level examinations and at least 2 Advanced level
examinations with superior grades. Results of Advanced Subsidiary or
Higher Level Exams should also be submitted.
To be considered for admission to UCI as a transfer student, international
students should have completed the equivalent of two years of post-secondary
course work. The transferability of credits and grades will be determined by
the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools at UCI.
UC Irvine requires records of all secondary schools attended, showing
subjects taken and grades received as well as any national or government
certificates earned. Documents of all college or university coursework must
also be sent in the original language, along with English translations. Do
not send these documents unless UC Irvine requests them. If you apply and
are admitted to the University, your admission packet will contain
instructions about sending us your original records.
Freshman Test Requirements
Freshman applicants entering UC Irvine as freshmen in fall 2009 are required
to take the ACT Assessment plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test (critical
reading, mathematics and writing) plus two SAT Subject Tests in two
different subject areas: history, literature, mathematics (Level 2 only),
science, or language other than English.
Freshman applicants who graduated from high school in spring 2005 or
earlier are required to have
taken the SAT I: Reasoning Test (or ACT) and three SAT II: Subject Tests
prior to high school graduation.
You should request that your test scores be sent directly to the
UC Irvine Undergraduate Admissions Office. Information about these
examinations is available online, at www.collegeboard.com for the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests and
at www.act.org for the ACT Assessment
English Proficiency (All Students)
UC Irvine requires proficiency in English before a student can be admitted.
Generally, this proficiency can be demonstrated with a score of 550 or
better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based,
or 213 on computer-based or a score of 7 on the IELTS (International
English Language Testing System).
Institutional tests are not acceptable. For other methods of proving
English proficiency, contact the Office of Admissions and Relations with
Schools. Your proficiency in English is critical to your success at
UC Irvine. Have your scores forwarded by the testing service to the
UC Irvine Admissions Office. Refer to TOEFL
Online or IELTS Online
for information about test dates, practice questions, and study materials.
If you are admitted to UC Irvine and your native language is not English,
we may require you to take the English as a Second Language Placement Exam
before the term in which you enter. If your score indicates a weakness in
English, several terms of your program may include special courses in
English for international students.
Estimated 2010-2011 Annual Cost for Nonresidents of California*
For undergraduate students living on the UCI Campus:
|Books and Supplies
|Room and Board
|Fees (includes Health Insurance)
Note: Transportation costs from your home country are not included in the projected annual costs. Fees are subject to change. Detailed information about undergraduate fees can be found at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Graduate Students: Projected costs for 2010-2011 are $28,517.50. For additional cost information, please contact the Graduate Division Office. Visit www.grad.uci.edu/contact for details.
Projected annual costs for both undergraduate and graduate students are subject to change for 2011-2012; please visit www.ofas.uci.edu in February 2011 for current information.
Generally, UC Irvine does not award financial aid to
undergraduate students who are not citizens or permanent residents of
the United States and a limited number of scholarships are available. UC Irvine also requires that all international
students on non-immigrant visas have adequate medical insurance during
all periods of enrollment. Information about the requirements will be
sent to admitted students.
International students who wish to pursue other sources of financial
assistance may wish to consult:
Information about undergraduate and graduate courses, degree requirements,
housing, and student services is included in the
UC Irvine General Catalogue.
Prospective students may also purchase the Catalogue by mail.
Make checks payable to "UC Regents". Send with name and address to:
- Mailed to California destinations: $15.00
- Mailed to continental U.S.: $17.00
- Mailed to Alaska & Hawaii: $20.00
- Mailed outside the U.S.: $24.00
University of California, Irvine
Attn: Customer Service Department
210-B Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697-1550
Telephone: (949) 824-2665
Requesting an Application
If you believe that you are eligible to apply for admission and have
sufficient funds available to you, you should consider applying to
Online applications may be submitted at the Pathways Website:
For Further Assistance
If you have additional questions, contact an International Specialist in the
Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Kerry Lekutai at
For more information about applying to the UC system as an International
Student, refer to
Prospective Students from Other Countries.