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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017

International Students

Welcome

As an incoming international undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine, you are invited to take part in Freshman Edge International, an innovative opportunity that will provide you with a rich linguistic, academic, social, and personal foundation for the next four years. The program is designed to support the special needs of students new to our country as well as to provide the opportunity to build relationships with domestic students.

Program Features

  • Acclimate to your new American environment
  • Gain confidence and fluency in using English in everyday living and in the UCI setting
  • Earn UCI academic units that will count towards your undergraduate degree
  • Make lasting friendships with other incoming international and American freshmen
  • Get comfortable with the UCI campus and its abundant resources
  • Become familiar with UCI’s academic rigor
  • Attend exclusive social events with other American and international Freshman Edge students
  • Participate in workshops designed to prepare you to succeed in your UCI studies
  • Receive maximum support under ideal conditions

Housing

Living on campus during Freshman Edge International is an optional, though highly recommended aspect of the program. Students that choose this option will live in the Arroyo Vista on-campus student housing community that consists of small houses that feature 16-32 double-occupancy rooms and communal spaces including kitchens and laundry facilities. We recommend purchasing a 30, 45 or 50 meal plan depending on your desired number of weekly meals. Visit the Housing page for more information about the Arroyo Vista Housing Community. Summer meal plan information will be provided in our Welcome Guide, which is sent via e-mail after your enrollment is processed.

Events

The program features a daily calendar of academic support and social activities that range from study skills workshops to college lifestyle seminars to pizza and pool parties. Visit the Events page for more information on Freshman Edge activities.

Special Support for International Students

  • Airport pick-up – When you arrive at LAX or SNA, we will have someone there to greet you.
  • Our friendly Summer Session staff members will be available to you throughout the program.
  • Contact us now with any questions about the program or the application process. We’d love to hear from you: summer-freshman@uci.edu

Visa

If you need an F-1 visa to study at UC Irvine, your I-20 documentation will be processed by the UCI International Center. The start date of your I-20 can be changed to July 28 once your Freshman Edge International enrollment form and payment are received and processed by our office. Follow the instructions given in your UCI Admissions correspondence. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary steps to obtain a visa with UC Irvine.

Academics

Freshman Edge International students will enroll in University Studies 84 and Academic English 22B. As an international student, you must remain enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 6 units in Summer Session) to satisfy the requirements of your F-1 student visa. Take the opportunity this summer to establish a firm foundation for your success in your courses throughout your undergraduate career at UCI.

  1. University Studies 84: Bridges to University Success (4-units of academic credit)
    The course is designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to the University of California, Irvine and develop strategies that will enhance their university experience. Through lectures, discussion, course assignments, and activities, students will learn about campus resources and programs that support their transition and enhance their academic development. Writing assignments will introduce you to university-level writing expectations.
    The lecture portion of this course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:20pm, and the writing component meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am to 11:50am.
    You will receive official academic credits for this course that will be recorded on your UC Irvine undergraduate transcript.
  2. Academic English 22B: Reading and Vocabulary (2-units of academic credit)
    You will learn to speak and understand English with more confidence through extensive reading and discussion with emphasis on journal articles, textbook chapters, note-taking, and the interpretation of charts, diagrams, tables, and figures. Pass/Not Pass only.
    This course meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00 to 3:50pm.
    This course is included in the program curriculum to give you the foundation to ensure success in your undergraduate years.

Student Parent Orientation Program: SPOP

All new freshmen are required to attend a Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP), offered by UCI New Student & Leadership Programs. SPOP is a comprehensive 2-day, 1-night orientation for domestic and international freshmen that includes academic advising, class registration, information on important student resources and services, social activities, and lots of opportunities to make friends.

All Freshman Edge students should attend SPOP in addition to Freshman Edge. Details regarding SPOP as it relates to Freshman Edge have not yet been finalized for 2017. More information will be released as it becomes available.

If you have questions regarding orientation, please contact New Student & Leadership Programs at orientation@uci.edu.

Important Dates and Enrollment

We want to hear from you as soon as possible, so please contact us at summer-freshman@uci.edu with questions about our program. Go to the Freshman Edge Enroll page to view enrollment steps. Your I-20 documentation will be processed by the UCI International Center. The start date of your I-20 can be changed to August 3 once your Freshman Edge International enrollment form and payment are received and processed by our office. Follow the instructions given in your UCI Admissions correspondence. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary steps to obtain a visa with UC Irvine.

Enrollment Form Due Date June 16, 2017 (This is the last possible date. We recommend you register as soon as possible.)
Airport Pick-up August 3, 2017
Freshman Edge/Bridge SPOP TBD
Program Start Date August 5, 2017
Program End Date September 14, 2017

Course and Program Fees

The following is a list of fees to attend Freshman Edge International:

Freshman Edge International
  6-Unit Course Load
Course Fees ($273/unit)* $1,638
Mandatory Campus Fee (non-refundable) $175
Total $1,813
Airport Pick-up Fee (optional, non-refundable) $80 (LAX - Los Angeles) OR
$45 (SNA - Orange County)

*Additional course materials fees (non-refundable) may apply depending on your chosen course. The $273 per unit fee is based on the current UC tuition. The Summer Session tuition is subject to change by action of the UC Regents at any time for all UC campuses, including UC Irvine. Course fees are refundable up until August 18th, 2017. Students may apply for a refund of course fees on a Summer Session Course Change Request form.

Housing
  Housing
Total* $904

*Proposed Housing Rate is subject to final approval

Housing is optional, but highly recommended. Please note that there is a separate Housing contract (different from the Freshman Edge enrollment form) that must be completed in order to reserve your room for Freshman Edge. Residential contracts do not include linens or kitchen supplies. Plan to bring your own bedding, towels, and kitchen supplies. Total fee does not include a meal plan. Meal plan options will be communicated in your program welcome information. Residential students should also budget approximately $600 for food during the program.

Freshman Edge is for all new students who will be entering UCI as freshmen in Fall 2017. There are three pathways within Freshman Edge. Choose Your Path