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University of California, Irvine / 加州大学尔湾分校
University of California, Irvine
   Applying to UC Irvine ‘s highly ranked undergraduate and graduate programs is challenging, find out how the preparation programs at UC Irvine can help you become successful students of UC Irvine.
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Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways.

With nearly 28,000 students, 1,100 faculty members and 9,000 staff, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $4.2 billion.

UCI fosters the passionate and enthusiastic expansion of knowledge through quality education. Graduates are equipped with the tools of analysis, expression and cultural understanding necessary for leadership in today’s world.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities – public and private – UCI excels in a broad range of fields, garnering national recognition for many schools, departments and programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes – two in chemistry and one in physics.

The university is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance. Recent additions include public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science programs, as well as a new School of Law that welcomed its first students in fall 2009.

Rankings and distinctions
University rankings (overall)
U.S. News & World Report 45th
Washington Monthly 60th
ARWU 48th
Times 86th

In 2011, US News & World Report ranked UC Irvine 45th among National Universities in the United States. In addition, many of UCI's graduate programs received top-50 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, earning distinction in literary criticism and theory (1), behavioral neuroscience (5), Criminology, Law and Society (5), creative writing (6), health care management (9), organic chemistry (9), information systems (11), drama and theater (12), third-world literature (12), cognitive psychology (13), English (16), psychology – neurobiology and behavior (16), chemistry (18), experimental psychology (19), gender and literature (19), executive M.B.A. (20), cell biology/developmental biology (21), 19th- and 20th century literature (22), psychology – cognitive science (22), sociology (27), aerospace engineering (29), computer science (29), physics (29), mechanical engineering (30), civil engineering (31), biological sciences (32), history (32), environmental engineering (34), fine arts (34), political science (35), business (38), biomedical engineering (40), engineering (41), medicine (41), materials science engineering (45), mathematics (47), psychology and social behavior (47), economics (48), and electrical engineering (49).

The United States National Research Council ranks UCI's graduate program in Neurobiology and Behavior 3rd nationally – tied with Yale and Brandeis University. UCI's Master of Fine Arts degree program in creative writing has graduated such authors as Richard Ford, Michael Chabon, and Alice Sebold. The graduate program in philosophy was ranked 17th in the English-speaking world by the Philosophical Gourmet Report, while Chemical and Engineering News ranks UCI fifth (tied with, among others, Harvard University) in conferring doctoral degrees in chemistry. Human Resources & Labor Review, a national human competitiveness index & analysis, ranked the university as one of 50 Best World Universities in 2011. The Wall Street Journal ranks UCI's Paul Merage School of Business fourth in the nation for information technology. According to The Daily Beast, quality of life is what students most value – besides academics – and UCI ranked 16th among “The 100 Happiest Colleges.”

The Standard for Academic Success
International high-school graduates who wish to improve their academic and/or language skills to prepare for study at UC Irvine or other U.S. colleges or universities may enroll in an exciting academic preparation program at UC Irvine. UCI Extension’s comprehensive, 9-month International Undergraduate Preparation Program (IUPP), providing maximum support under ideal conditions, gives qualified international high-school graduates essential skills to help them be admitted as an international freshman and succeed academically, culturally, and linguistically as they pursue their bachelor’s degree in the United States.

Students in IUPP enroll in one to two quarters of 10-Week Intensive English as a Second Language and two quarters of undergraduate academic courses, in addition to other program components listed in the program features. This winning combination of interactive English teaching and academic and skills-based training is ideal for students looking to ready themselves for the demands of studying in an international setting.

In short, IUPP prepares international students not just for freshman admission, but for success in their undergraduate studies.

Program Benefits
  • UCI undergraduate coursework, transferable to undergraduate programs
  • English-as-a-Second Language support
  • Extensive one-on-one advising from a qualified, dedicated academic advisor
  • 20-hour Academic and American Culture Course
  • 30-hour SAT and 30-hour TOEFL test preparation courses
  • UCI application assistance, from initial application to follow-up
  • Tutoring in English or university study skills
  • A Conversation Partner, a current UCI student, who will meet with the student once a week
  • Introduction to the UCI campus, its prestigious faculty, its abundant resources, and its academic rigor
  • Social events and excursions with other international and American students
  • Maximum support under ideal conditions
  • Increased chance of being admitted to UCI as an international freshman

Looking for an Excellent Pre-Masters or Pre-Doctorate Program?
Higher education at the graduate level (Masters and Doctoral Degrees) in a top U.S. university is considered by many international students a necessity for achieving their academic and career goals.

Navigating admission to these advanced degree programs, however, may be challenging for those unfamiliar with U.S. academic culture. Despite years of preparation in study and work in their home environments, many promising pre-graduate students are unsure of how and where to apply to U.S. graduate schools. Many have their applications rejected not because they lack the academic qualifications, but because they lack the specific skills needed for being selected.

University of California Irvine Extension's International Graduate Studies Preparation Program (IGSPP) prepares international students to meet admission requirements for graduate school. This comprehensive program also develops the academic, professional, and communication skills students will need to succeed in graduate studies in the United States.

Program Benefits
  • 2 tracks of study
    • 1 UCI upper-division undergraduate coursework to fulfill the prerequisites that may be required and accepted by the future graduate program
    • 2 Accelerated Certificate in select fields and Internship opportunity to help boost the student's resume and work experience in the U.S.
  • English-as-a-Second Language support if needed
  • Extensive one-on-one advising from a qualified, dedicated academic advisor, including guidance with research and professional direction
  • 20-40-hour Academic and American Culture class at the graduate level
  • 30-40-hour GRE or GMAT and 30-hour TOEFL test preparation courses
  • Application assistance to top graduate programs
  • Tutoring in English or university study skills
  • Introduction to the UCI campus, its prestigious faculty, its abundant resources, and its academic rigor
  • Social events and excursions with other international and American students
  • Maximum support under ideal conditions

Approximate US$48,500 – US$58,500.

Only students with excellent grades, 90% and above, or A or GPA of 3.6 out of 4 and IELTS score of 5 and above will be considered for the International Undergraduate Preparation Program.

For the International Graduate Studies Preparation Program, students must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree, with GPA of 3.0 and above, and IELTS of 5 and above for admission.

To apply, please complete this form online and we will follow-up with you as soon as possible.

Applying to UC Irvine ‘s highly ranked undergraduate and graduate programs is challenging, find out how the preparation programs at UC Irvine can help you become successful students of UC Irvine. Please contact Mdm Lily Kong at