Independent Study

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What is Independent Study?

Independent Study is available primarily to regularly admitted UC upper-division students for supervised but independent reading, research, or design.

How to prepare for Independent Study?

If interested, please have your program of study approved. If you are unsure if you need Independent Study, what courses you need to take, which summer session you need and or the amount of units you need to take; please contact your department of major.

Independent Study Costs

Course Fees:                                                                                                        Mandatory Campus Fees:
UCI or other UC Undergraduate Students: $139.50/unit                             UCI or other UC Undergraduate Student: $187
UCI or other Graduate Students: $178.50/unit                                               UCI or other UC Graduate Student: $171
Visiting Non-UC Students: $178.50/unit                                                          Visiting Non-UC Students: $287

*Even if the Independent Study course is held off campus, students must pay the UCI mandatory non-refundable campus fees. *

Time Commitment

Independent Study courses follow the same deadlines and timeframes as the regular Summer Session. Summer Session is not able to alter any dates. Please ensure that you speak with your program and department to confirm which sessions you need.

Session 1: June 26-August 3
10 week: June 26-September 1
Session 2: August 7- September 13

For additional deadlines check our Summer calendar 


International Information

If you are an international student, please confirm with the International Center if you need an Independent Study course.
For any CPT or OPT related questions, please contact the International Center.
International website:
International CPT website:
Phone: 949-824-7249

Senior Students

Start your UCI experience this summer.

July 31, 2021 – September 9, 2021 (ONLINE)

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Freshman Edge

Freshman Edge is available to all incoming freshmen from all majors. Students who identify as a member of our international community or receive a Summer Bridge Program Scholarship participate in Freshman Edge with additional catered support.

Freshman Edge International

Incoming international students participate in Freshman Edge through additional and tailored program requirements that promote a successful transition to UCI.

Summer Bridge Scholarship

UCI Student Success Initiatives (SSI) offers a limited number of Summer Bridge Scholarships to First Generation and/or income-eligible students that covers the cost of Freshman Edge, provides additional benefits (such as priority registration) and requires academic year program participation.

Transfer Students

Are you a new Transfer student looking to get a head start?

Transfer Edge during Session II: July 31, 2021 – September 9, 2021 (ONLINE)

Transfer Edge is an optional early start program which prepares you for success at UCI and beyond. Students participating in Transfer Edge enroll in at least one course of their choosing in addition to the program required University Studies 196 which helps students learn more about undergraduate research, adapt to the academic expectations at UCI, network with faculty, meet fellow transfer students and more. In addition, you will gain access to exclusive events and support from our student mentors and professional staff counselors. Benefits of the program include:

  • Get Started on Degree Completion – Earn Units
  • Get Access to Exclusive Opportunities
  • Get Connected and begin building your network
  • Get Started on Degree Completion – Earn Units
  • Get Access to Exclusive Opportunities
  • Get Connected and begin building your network

High School Students

I am graduating from high school in 2022 and…

  • I am planning to attend UCI. Join us before fall term begins for Freshman Edge.
  • I am planning to attend another college or university. Open enrollmentin Summer Session allows you to get an early start on college.

I will graduate from high school in 2022 or 2023 and…

  • I have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher in college preparatory classes. I have a strong reason and desire to enroll in one UCI course only. Enroll in pre-approved coursesnumbered 1-99 without special prerequisites through open enrollment. Complete an Enrollment Form and submit it to the Summer Session office. You will need to provide a copy of your most current high school transcript along with your enrollment form. Please Note: A majority of the 2021 Summer Session courses will be offered as online or remote learning. High school students are typically not eligible to enroll into remote and/or online courses; however we are making an exception for this year. Please be aware that courses will continue to be taught at a college level. We encourage students to make the appropriate adjustments to ensure their success in these courses. All students are responsible for making the necessary changes/updates to their schedules prior to the Summer Session deadlines.

International Students

International students continuing their studies at a UC campus, or newly admitted for the fall are welcome to attend Summer Session. For registration procedures and fees, simply follow the instructions for UC students. Enroll online or submit an enrollment form.

The International Center is available to provide immigration related information and assistance. For further information, contact the International Center:

University of California, Irvine
International Center
G302 UCI Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697-5255
(949) 824-7249 tel
(949) 824-3090 fax