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Transfer Edge

Build a foundation for success before fall quarter begins!

Session I: June 23 - August 2, 2019

Session II: August 3 - September 12, 2019

Full Summer: June 23 - September 12, 2019

Build a foundation for success before fall quarter begins!

Session I: June 23 - August 2, 2019

Session II: August 4 - September 12, 2019

Full Summer: June 23 - September 12, 2019


  • How do I submit my Transfer Edge enrollment form?
  • You can submit your application in one of two ways:

    By Mail:Visit our Enrollment tab to download and print a Transfer Edge Enrollment Form. Forms will be accepted by mail or in person during our regular business hours. Our offices will not accept e-mailed or faxed forms.

  • I am applying for UCI Financial Aid, should I also include payment on my Transfer Edge enrollment form?
  • Students applying for Financial Aid must submit payment for the non-refundable mandatory campus fee on their enrollment form to hold their space in the program and courses.
    *Please note that the 2018-2019 FAFSA that is required for summer aid is last year's form and is different than the 2019-2020 FAFSA that you may have already completed for fall financial aid. Visit the UCI Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information about applying for summer financial aid (available mid-March).

  • Can I take advantage of the UCI Summer Session “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, but by taking part in both six-week Summer Sessions, most students would complete 14 units total. See Fees for more details.

  • I am an international student: How do I transfer my F-1 visa to UC Irvine?
  • Contact the UCI International Center to confirm the transferring of your I-20 to UCI so that you may start in the summertime. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of your visa documents are in order to support your enrollment in UCI Summer Session, Transfer Edge and the fall quarter. You may also use your Admissions portal to request assistance from an UCI Admissions counselor.

  • Will the Transfer Edge Seminar (Soc Sci 89) count towards my degree?
  • The Transfer Edge Seminar is a 2-unit course that will be recorded on your UC Irvine transcript with units applied toward graduation.  This course does not count towards a general education requirement nor a specific major requirement. If you choose to take the course for a Letter Grade, you grade will be added into your UC GPA. If you choose to take the course as Pass/No Pass, you will receive course credit if you earn a grade of "C" or better. Review the University Credit policies prior to enrollment.

  • How do I choose an elective course? When will I receive academic advising?
  • We recommend that you exercise care in selecting your elective course. Consider the following ways to make use of your time at Summer Session:

    • Enroll in a course that you are certain will fulfill graduation requirements for you. You can refer to the UCI Course Catalogue for a complete list of requirements for your specific major(s).
    • 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! This is especially helpful if you intend on adding another minor/major.

    During Summer Session, 6-8 units per 6-week session is considered a full load. Each 6-week session moves very quickly so you will want to be sure not to overextend your commitments.

    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. You will receive information about these sessions directly from the school to which you have been accepted. If you plan to enroll in Session I, you will likely need to reach out to your department earlier than your summer advising program which won’t happen until halfway through the summer. Inform the department counseling unit that you intend to enroll in Summer Session I which has a start date of June 24.

    Our team at Summer Session is unable to provide academic advising, but would be pleased to help connect you to your academic department and relevant websites.

  • Will I be able to enroll in a course that I am currently taking a prerequisite for?
  • Yes. So long as you complete the prerequisite course prior to attendance at UCI, you will be able to enroll in your chosen course using the paper application form. You may be contacted directly by our team should additional information be required.

  • Can I take an online course?
  • Transfer Edge is intended to give students an example of college life at UC Irvine and ease the transition to the campus environment. For this reason, it is recommended that students choose an on-campus course and take advantage of in person interaction with Instructors, T.A.s (teaching assistants), and discussion leaders. 

  • How do I find out what books I need for summer courses?
  • Closer to the start of the program, you will be able to search for required course books and materials online through UCI EEE and The Hill, UC Irvine’s Bookstore. Instructions on how to search for and purchase course books will be sent to enrolled students by e-mail and will also be included in the student Welcome Guide.

  • Do I need a parking permit during Transfer Edge?
  • If you plan to bring a car to the campus, you will need a parking permit to park at UCI. Please note there are no suitable nearby shopping centers or other options for parking, and personnel in nearby shopping centers do routinely ticket cars. Parking permits will be available for purchase from the UCI Transportation & Distribution Services office in June.

  • What is Transfer Orientation? Should I attend Orientation in addition to Transfer Edge?
  • UC Irvine offers two Transfer Orientation programs: Mini Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (Mini-TSPOP) and Transfer Student Parent Orientation Program (T-SPOP). These programs last 1-2 days and are designed to provide integral information to all new transfer students for a smooth transition to life at UCI with information about UCI resources, opportunities to meet current UCI students and other new transfers, and a chance to ask questions. Visit theCenter for Student Leadership website to see which program is right for you.

    Academic advising is NOT included in either of these programs, but academic advising is mandatory prior to your first fall quarter. Visit the Center for Student Leadership website to inquire about academic advising.

  • Where will I live during Transfer Edge and how do I register for summer housing?
  • Residential students live together in the Arroyo Vista Housing Community on campus campus (limited to ages 18-24). It is highly recommended that students live with the program to fully experience the campus and best take advantage of opportunities, including workshops and activities. However, a variety of other housing opportunities are available for summer students. Start searching in the spring for summer housing! View the Housing page for additional information.
    Students may choose to commute to the campus.

  • Will I live in the same room for the entire year?
  • Summer housing is completely separate from your academic year housing and requires a separate contract. Visit UCI Housing for more information on academic year housing.

  • Is there special housing available for married students and students with children?
  • Yes. Married students and students with children have several housing options. Please visit the UCI Student Housing website for details.

  • I am a commuter student. How can I meet other commuters?
  • It will be key that you check the Program Calendar daily for opportunities to meet others in Transfer Edge. During the program, commuter students will have many opportunities to meet other commuters as well as residential students through a vibrant calendar of activities. The Transfer Edge Seminar will include all Transfer Edge students, residential and commuters alike.

  • What will I do when I’m not in class?
  • All students will participate in a range of exciting co-curricular activities as part of the required course, Social Sciences 89. Residential students will also have housing and community activities with other Transfer Edge students and their resident advisors.

    Students experience college life by participating in programmatic events available to students outside of the scheduled class time. This includes the exclusive INSIDE UCI series, and Collegiate Life events.  Additionally, the Transfer Edge Mentors will host unique events on campus and in the Arroyo Vista Housing community that will give you the opportunity to connect with peers. See the Events tab for details.
    There are also several food courts on campus where students can grab a bite to eat or to relax and study.

  • Is there childcare available at UCI?
  • Yes. UCI has child care services that are available during summer as well as during the academic school year. Visit the Child Care Services website for details.

  • Can I work while doing this program?
  • Yes. Many transfer students work while attending Transfer Edge, as well as during the academic school year. It is important to note that courses during the summer are accelerated. During the academic year, courses run for 10 weeks, with an additional week for finals. During summer, courses run for 5 weeks, with an additional week for finals. Working students must keep their commitments in mind when choosing courses, and be sure to allocate time for studying and relaxation.

  • Do students participating in Transfer Edge receive Health Insurance?
  • Please be aware that enrollment in Transfer Edge does not include medical or other types of insurance. Students may enroll in Voluntary Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP). Students who will not be covered during the program by a major medical health insurance should strongly consider enrolling in Voluntary UC SHIP. See Step 8 of Enrollment for additional details. Enrollment forms will be shared with students by e-mail alongside official welcome information.

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