UCI Division of Continuing Education

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Large

  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Quarter

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    No

  • Conditional Admission Available

    No

  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes Programs, TOEFL and Test Preparation

  • Setting

    Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

UC Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education offers life-enriching academic, professional, and cultural experiences to international audiences to help them succeed in today’s competitive global environment. The experiences provided include superior English-language instruction, post-graduate certificates, and comprehensive preparation for successful undergraduate and graduate studies. We also offer a variety of support services, such as housing and organized cultural activities, to foster international students’ adjustment to and competence in participating in American life. 

In addition to all of our classes being taught by accredited instructors with many years of experience and the opportunity to enhance your career and English-speaking abilities, there are many things to enjoy about our campus and program! Irvine itself was ranked the #1 safest big city in the United States 11 years in a row from FBI and is surrounded by 42 miles of coastline featuring world-famous beaches. UC Irvine is situated near a wealth of activities, including beach resorts and theme parks like Disneyland and California Adventure, and is close to major metropolitan hubs like Los Angeles and San Diego. We’ve got everything to help students like you learn and thrive.

10-Week Intensive ESL

  • Study in a well-respected English language program located on the campus of a major American university
  • Learn with dedicated, highly-trained teachers with an average of 16 years of teaching experience who are committed to maintaining the highest standards of student achievement
  • Benefit from engaging, interactive classes with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes authentic language use in academic, business, and social contexts
  • Prepare for success in your future career or in studies at an American college or university. Knowledgeable advisors are available to help you with the transition to college or university
  • Advance your skills in upper-level elective classes, including idioms, American pronunciation, American film, business English, advanced vocabulary, and advanced grammar
  • Practice your English and learn about campus life with a UCI undergrad friend through The Communication Club
  • Prepare to score higher on the TOEFL and IELTS tests

4-Week Business English

  • Enroll in just one 4-Week session or study for 8 or 12 weeks
  • Gain business English skills for finance, marketing, or international trade
  • Develop a network of business contacts from many countries
  • Learn about business etiquette across cultures
  • Improve communication skills through examinations of management types
  • Become familiar with and utilize highly valuable online resources
  • Complement your learning with case studies, guest speakers, and company visits
  • Strengthen your English skills before entering one of UC Irvine Extension’s many certificate programs or before entering an MBA program
  • Advance your skills even further with elective courses in topics such as American film, pronunciation, English for specific purposes, and iBT TOEFL preparation
  • Receive a certificate upon successful completion of your program

4-Week Conversation & Culture

  • Learn to speak and understand authentic English with more confidence in classes which focus on real-life communication through lively learning activities
  • Immerse yourself in American culture as the focus of your listening, speaking, reading, and writing practice
  • Refresh your language skills before attending an American college or university
  • Get to know classmates from different countries and gain an international perspective
  • Visit a nearby spot of historic and cultural interest on a class field trip
  • Advance your skills even further with free elective courses in topics such as American film, pronunciation, English for specific purposes, and iBT TOEFL preparation
  • Receive a certificate upon successful completion of your program

University Programs

International Undergraduate Preparation Program (IUPP)

IUPP offers international students a solid foundation of English language training and the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate classes for credit, all within a structure of support from qualified UCI professionals. From one-on-one advising to English language tutoring, students gain the essential skills to help boost their application to undergraduate studies and succeed academically, culturally, and linguistically in the United States.

International Graduate Studies Preparation Program (IGSPP)

IGSPP prepares international students on the advanced academic, professional and communication skills needed to gain admission to and succeed in their ideal graduate school. Students will benefit from one-on-one advising, introduction to the UCI campus, and opportunities to participate in social events with American and international students alike.

Accelerated Certificate Programs (ACPs) and Pathway to OPT

Accelerated Certificate Programs (ACPs) are specialized post-graduate programs that balance theory and practice with an emphasis on real-world experience. In these 3-month programs, taught by instructors with extensive experience in their fields, students learn the most current trends in their industry how to immediately apply their new knowledge to quickly advance their careers. Our ACPs come with an opportunity to have a one-year paid work experience in the U.S. with Optional Practical Training (OPT). Three of our ACPs (Business Administration, International Tourism & Hotel Management and Marketing are open to students who have completed just 2 years of university!)

UCI offers ACPs in the following fields:

  • Applied Project Management
  • Business Administration
  • Data Science & Predictive Analytics for Business Professionals
  • Digital Marketing
  • Global Human Resources Management
  • International Business Operations & Management
  • International Finance
  • International Tourism & Hotel Management
  • Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Media & Global Communications
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Internships: After the successful completion of an ACP, students are eligible to enroll in our 3-month Internship program. These unpaid positions give students an invaluable opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills in a real-world setting, take on workplace projects, and make professional contacts. Students can intern with one of the more-than 200 local companies with which UCI has formed close partnerships. Most are in mid-sized firms in the dynamic high-tech environment of Orange County, as well as in the greater Los Angeles area. Former companies where students have interned at include Starbucks, MTV, Panasonic, and Hilton.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): After completing 9 months of the program, such as 2 ACPs and 1 internship, students have the opportunity apply for OPT, which allows them to stay on your F-1 visa and work in a salaried position up to one year anywhere in the United States. Many students are able to use the contacts they gained through their ACP and internship to find a job for OPT, and some even end up working at the company where they interned. Since we are located in Irvine, which was recently named the best-run city in the U.S. largely because of the thriving job market, there is ample opportunity to find a job here if they wish to stay in the area.

UCI Division of Continuing Education


International Programs P.O. Box 6050
Irvine CA 92616-6050
P: +1 949.824.5991
CEA UCIEP Member
For more information: UCI Division of Continuing Education