By taking classes in the summer, students have the opportunity to acclimate to the expectations of UC Irvine coursework and begin completing major courses and/or general education requirements before the fall quarter begins. Smaller classes during Summer Session also means more one-on-one time with professors or TA’s!
See below for information regarding courses available during Transfer Edge.
Social Science 89 (required)
The 2-unit course is designed to help you make a successful transition to the University of California, Irvine, and develop strategies that will enhance your University experience. Through lectures, discussion, course assignments, and special events, you will learn about campus resources and programs that support your transition and enhance your academic development. You will also be introduced to the social sciences and the research university – specifically the UC system and UC Irvine. You will explore what research looks like across various disciplines in the modern research university. The course will also provide you with an opportunity to practice the many skills, such as engaging with a professor, necessary for becoming a successful student, researcher, or practitioner!
Social Sciences 89 will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:50pm.
All Transfer Edge students are required to enroll in Social Science 89 during the first session they choose to attend.
*Note: You will also be required to attend a minimum number of events outside of the classroom time as outlined in your course syllabus. These events provide you with useful information about resources on the UCI campus and focus on behind the scenes INSIDE UCI events and Collegiate Life. See the Events tab for details.
The number of additional courses you take will vary on how many sessions you attend (Session I, Session II, or Full Summer). Most courses are 4 units. Enrollment in 6-8 units reflects a full course load in a single summer session, with 10 units being the absolute maximum per session.
Please visit our Courses page to search for other available courses. We recommend that you exercise care in selecting your additional courses. Consider the following ways to make use of Summer Session:
- Enroll in a course that you are certain will fulfill graduation requirements for you.
- Complete prerequisites for courses that you plan to take during the year.
- Take a course that does not relate to your chosen field but looks interesting – summer at UCI is a time of possibility: take a course that was not available at your previous school or one that you will not have time for during the year!
There are over 800 different courses offered during Summer Session.
Full Summer Enrollment - “Pay for Only 8” Incentive Program
Transfer Edge students are considered admitted UC students, and can take advantage of the “Pay for Only 8” Incentive Program. Students will need to pay for only 8 units in per unit course fees. See Fees for more details.
Transfer Edge is available in both Summer Session I and II. Many Transfer Edge students choose to take advantage of Transfer Edge for both Summer Sessions and the “Pay for Only 8” Incentive Program. Enrollment in Full Summer allows students to complete an entire quarter of coursework before fall quarter begins. For example, in Session I you might enroll in Social Sciences 89 (2 units) and one elective course (typically 4 units). In Summer Session II, you might enroll in two elective courses (typically 4 units each).
Transfer Edge International
International students must remain enrolled as full-time students (minimum 6 units in Summer Session) to satisfy the requirements of their F-1 student visa.
As a Transfer Edge International student, you will enroll in Social Sciences 89 (2-units) with other Transfer Edge students, and an elective course, typically 4 units, of your choice. You will also have the option to enroll in a 2-unit undergraduate-level course in English Reading and Vocabulary.
We recommend that you carefully consider which option is right for you and how you might benefit from additional English language instruction prior to beginning a full load of courses in the fall.
To ensure that you are adequately prepared for the course(s) that you enroll in, and that you are not duplicating credits you have already completed at the school you are transferring from, we recommend you attend your school-specific summer advising program, typically held in June or July. You will receive information about these sessions directly from the school to which you have been accepted. While you may have already enrolled in Transfer Edge, you can discuss your enrollments at this session and, if needed, make changes to your courses prior to the Summer Session deadline for course changes. If you contact your school directly, be sure to clarify that you are enrolling in Summer Session courses with the Transfer Edge program.
Academic & Transfer Student Support
To ensure academic success, Transfer Edge students will have special access to the UCI Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC) and the Transfer Student Hub. At LARC, students will find many useful academic resources including study skills workshops and small-group academic assistance. Individual tutoring may also be available to students for a small fee. The Transfer Student Hub is a "Home Away from Home" on campus which provides specialized workshops, a space to interact with staff advisors and fellow undergraduate transfer students, and an environment to discuss any issues or share transfer experiences. The Transfer Student Hub also provides amenities such as free coffee, refrigerator space, and student snacks, making it a comfortable environment to study and meet others.