Start Earning UCI Units
Start this June or August and get ahead to finish your degree in two years! You may take courses in your major or begin a minor. Some students will want to complete pre-requisite courses for their major that they could not complete off-campus at a previous college or institution.
Take Advantage of the “Pay for Only 8” Incentive Program
Transfer Edge students will need to pay for only 8 units in per unit course fees, but by taking part in both six-week Summer Sessions, most students would complete 14 units total.
Explore Campus Resources
Become familiar with the layout of the campus and learn what resources are available. More importantly, you will learn how to use these resources before the fall rush. You will have exclusive access to specially designed workshops tailored to transfer students’ needs such as applying to graduate school, effectively utilizing LinkedIn, and efficient study techniques for the quarter system.
Become Involved in Research
By taking part in Transfer Edge, you will be introduced to the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which assists undergraduates in ANY discipline to find research and creative on-campus opportunities with faculty or off-campus opportunities with industrial partners, national labs, and other universities. Through this collaboration, you will have the distinct advantage of understanding how to become involved in research opportunities at UCI before most transfer students even step foot on campus!
“This program not only acquainted students with the large campus, but it helped create a network of friends that will most likely stay together until graduation. Transfer Edge also allows students to interact with a lot of students that are not of their respective majors.” 2016 Transfer Edge Participant
Attend presentations from our INSIDE UCI series, offered by prominent UCI faculty who will give you a “front row seat” to the diverse academic paths and current research at UCI. You will be able to ask these faculty questions about their academic journeys, how they became interested in research, and why they do what they do. Some faculty members are looking for research and lab assistants who might start in the fall quarter.
Expand Your Social Network
Transfer Edge students have the unique opportunity to be part of a diverse group of transferring students. 20% of UC Irvine’s undergraduate population is comprised of transfers from all walks of life. Whether you are a traditional transfer, returning to school from the work force, have established a family, or are a prior service member, Transfer Edge seeks to welcome you to UCI and ensure you have a fulfilling academic and collegiate experience.
As a Transfer Edge student you will be invited to exclusive extracurricular events such as faculty presentations and panels, transfer mixers, academic preparation workshops, and much more. Likewise, you will develop a community of friends before the school year even begins! With a smaller starting group, you will be able to form cohesive friendships that could last a lifetime.
As an international student, you will have the opportunity to be acculturated to your new American environment, and gain confidence and fluency using English in everyday life and in the UCI setting. You will have a special team of UCI staff members ready to help you transition to UCI and a group of like-minded students to help support you in your new surroundings. Special coursework in English reading and vocabulary, writing, and university transition topics will prepare you for your UCI fall classes.