University of California, Irvine Extension Irvine CA

University of California, Irvine Extension

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Quarter

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

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

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

Nestled in one of the most beautiful, vibrant regions in Southern California, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is ranked the 11th best public university and the best comprehensive university under 50 years old in the United States. Since its founding in 1965, the university has continued to gain prestige for its superior academic programs and contributions to cutting-edge research. Its world-renowned reputation has also attracted faculty members from the top of their fields, including three Nobel Prize winners. Increasingly a first-choice campus for many students, UCI prides itself as a center for quality education that fosters students’ passion and enthusiasm for knowledge.

International Programs offers life-enriching academic, professional, and cultural experiences to international audiences to help them succeed in today’s competitive global environment. The experiences we provide include superior English-language instruction, post-graduate professional certificate, with the opportunity for Internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT), 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.

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 them be admitted as an international freshman and succeed academically, culturally, and linguistically at UCI. Since 2009, studets in IUPP have averaged a 95% UCI admission rate!

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).

UCI offers ACPs in the following fields:

  • Business Administration
  • International Business Operations & Management
  • Global Human Resources Management
  • International Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Global Communications
  • International Tourism & Hotel Management
  • Data Science & Predictive Analytics for Business Professionals (Coming Winter 2016)
  • Project Management
  • Communications & Embedded Systems Design Engineering
  • 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, including 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.

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University of California, Irvine Extension

UCI Extension
International Programs P.O. Box 6050
Irvine CA 92616-6050
P: +1 949.824.5991
Certificate/Short Term
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Analytics
  • Business English
  • Communication
  • Engineering
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • Executive and Professional
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • General English Programs
  • General Management
  • Homestay Programs
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Internships
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Teaching English Language
  • TESOL and Teacher Training
English Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TESOL and Teacher Training
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation

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