As an incoming international undergraduate transfer student at the University of California, Irvine, you are invited to take part in Transfer Edge International, an innovative opportunity that will provide you with a rich linguistic, academic, social, and personal foundation. 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 fellow transfer students.
- Acclimate to your new American environment
- Gain confidence and fluency in using English in everyday life and in the UCI setting
- Start to earn UCI academic units that will count towards your undergraduate degree
- Make lasting friendships with other incoming international and American transfer students
- Get comfortable with the UCI campus and its abundant resources
- Become familiar with UCI’s academic rigor
- Join exclusive social events with other American and international Transfer Edge students
- Participate in workshops designed to prepare you to succeed in your UCI studies
- Receive maximum support under ideal conditions
Living on campus during Transfer Edge is an optional, though highly recommended aspect of the program. You 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. Visit the Housing page for more information about the Arroyo Vista Housing Community. We recommend purchasing a 30, 45 or 50 meal plan depending on your desired number of weekly meals. Summer meal plan information will be provided in our Welcome Guide, which is sent via e-mail after your enrollment is processed.
NOTE: Per Arroyo Vista’s contract: Residency under [their] agreement is limited to participants under the age of 25. Residency for participants 25 years of age or older is subject to administrative review and approval by UCI Student Housing. You may search for other housing options through the UCI Housing Office.
The program features a daily calendar of academic support and social activities that range from study skills workshops to college lifestyle seminars to beach and kayaking trips off-campus. Visit the Events page for more information on Transfer Edge activities.
Special Support for International students
- Our friendly Summer Session staff 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need an F-1 visa to study at UC Irvine, your I-20 documentation or F-1 visa transfer will be processed by the UCI International Center. The start date of your I-20 can be changed to August 5 once your Transfer 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.
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. As a Transfer Edge International Student, you will enroll in the following:
- Social Sciences 89: Transfer Edge Seminar (2-units of academic credit).
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!
In 2018 Social Sciences 89 met on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:50pm. Check back to the Academics page in spring 2019.
- One regular UCI course. Most courses are 4 units.
- (Optional, yet recommended) Academic English 22B: Reading and Vocabulary (2-units of academic credit). This course is for students who need some extra practice with their English.
You will learn to speak and understand English with more confidence through classes that focus on real-life communication in lively learning activities. These classes will focus on idioms and vocabulary, reading and writing, and speaking and listening.
This course is recommended to give you the foundation to ensure success in your undergraduate years.
Important Dates and Enrollment
We want to hear from you as soon as possible, so please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com with questions about our program.
Visit the Transfer Edge Enrollment page to view enrollment steps. Your I-20 documentation or F-1 visa transfer will be processed by the UCI International Center. The start date of your I-20 can be changed to August 5 once your Transfer 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.