Transfer Edge: Academics


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!


University Studies 4 (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!

University Studies 4 meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:50pm during Session II only.

*Note: Part of your University Studies 4 grade incorporates participation in events outside of the classroom! You will be able to pick from a wide array of events that interest you. Attend as many as you would like or the minimum as outlined in your UNI STU 4 syllabus. See the Events tab for details.

Additional Courses

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.

There are over 800 different courses offered during Summer 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!

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 only available in Summer Session II. You can choose to take advantage of the “Pay for Only 8” Incentive Program by enrolling in Summer Session I. 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 one elective course (typically 4 units). In Summer Session II, you would enroll in University Studies 4 (2 units) and one elective course (typically 4 units).


Transfer Edge: International Students

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 University Studies 4 (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.

Academic Advising

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, all Transfer students taking courses with Summer Session will have 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.

Edge programs will also be hosting Transfer Boost during Session I. Transfer Boost will consist of weekly workshops aimed at benefitting all incoming Transfer students, regardless of enrollment in Transfer Edge during Summer Session II. For more information, visit our page.