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University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education

University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education

University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education



In the U.S. News & World Report annual college survey, UC Irvine is ranked among the top 50 universities nationally and ranks tenth among all public universities - quite an impressive feat for our young campus.

Established in 1962, UCI Division of Continuing Education has been offering education for adult learners in Orange County for over half a century. Today we maintain over 30,000 enrollments from students worldwide each year and offer hundreds of exciting courses and programs to local, regional and global constituencies.

UCI Division of Continuing Education offers over 60 convenient certificates and specialized studies programs on campus and online designed for the working professional who seeks career advancement and personal enrichment. So if you are trying to start a new career, build a company, or better develop an appreciation of the world around you, UCI Division of Continuing Education has the resources needed to support your undertakings.


Student Life

  • Over 600 student clubs and organizations for almost any interest or hobby
  • Communication Club for language and cultural exchange with UCI students
  • Anteater sports team events
  • Recreation Center membership for a nominal fee
  • UCI campus-wide student events such as Involvement Fair, Shocktoberfest, Celebrate UCI, Summerland, and Relay for Life
  • Campus libraries, with 3.6 million volumes
  • Self-Access computer labs for individual study ACTIVITIES
  • On-campus recreational games such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball
  • Lecture series, plus music, dance, theater, and other cultural events
  • Tours to famous destinations, theme parks, museums, beaches, and performances
  • Picnics, potlucks, beach bonfires, summer pool party, Halloween Festival, soccer tournaments, and more
  • Personal trip planning by our Activities team, including transportation, directions, lodging, and points of interest
  • Weekly emails about local events, fairs, and seasonal things to do around Irvine

Campus Features

About UCI

Nestled in one of the most beautiful, vibrant regions in Southern California, the University of California, Irvine is ranked the 7th best public university and best university under 50 years old in the United States. 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, UC Irvine prides itself as a center for quality education that fosters students’ passion and enthusiasm for knowledge.

A Non-Smoking Campus

Smoking is prohibited everywhere on campus and at properties owned or leased by UC Irvine, including all parking lots. This affects everyone on UC Irvine property, including students, faculty, staff, guests, and visitors.

Safe and Beautiful Irvine

One of the first and largest master-planned communities, Irvine enjoys a Mediterranean climate in a safe, clean, and family-oriented environment in the heart of The OC (Orange County)

Quick Facts about Irvine

  • Population 2020: 303,956
  • One of America’s Safest Cities for 13 years in a row
  • 292 sunny days per year:
  • Mar-Oct: 23-31°C (highs)
  • Nov-Feb: 15-20°C (highs)
  • Located in the heart of Southern California’s “Technology Coast”

University Apartments

Fully furnished 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments shared by 4 international students of the same gender.

  • Wireless internet, cable TV, and DVD player are provided
  • Access to pool and Jacuzzi and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts
  • Apartments include bed linens, towels, and kitchen cookware
  • Approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from UCI
  • UCI shuttle service available (additional cost $90 per quarter)
  • Adjacent to public bus route, international grocery store, large park, and shopping center
  • Students provided a bicycle for their use
  • Resident Services, Activities, and Mentoring
  • UCI undergraduate student Resident Advisors serve as mentors and assist students with their transition to UCI
  • Community-building activities, such as barbeques, movie nights, and picnics for students to meet and interact
  • Social and educational activities that promote English proficiency and an appreciation of American and international cultures
  • 24/7 access to on-site staff dedicated to assist international students with any maintenance and facilities issues


If you are interested in homestay, directly contact one of the companies listed below for more information and pricing.

Homestay Benefits:

  • Live with local families in a private furnished room with Internet access
  • Learn about American culture and practice your English skills daily while developing lasting friendships
  • Experience American families of a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups
    Applications must be submitted directly to the homestay company and processed prior to arrival.

UCI Dorms (Summer Quarter Only)

On-Campus Housing Near Classrooms

  • Fully furnished shared or private rooms
  • Live with other international students and American peer advisors
  • Meal plans available
  • WiFi included
  • Rates
  • Shared occupancy bedroom rates listed below do not include meals or a $100 application fee. Private rooms and meal plans are available for an additional charge.


All rates are subject to change.

  • Rate per day, per person
  • Hotel / Motel Benefits
  • Close proximity to campus (approximately 10-15 minute drive)
  • Receive housekeeping service
  • Enjoy a gym, jacuzzi, and pool

    Scholarships and Funding

    Scholarship Program

    UCI DCE offers a limited number of scholarships, each covering tuition up to $1,500 that can be applied toward enrollment in one or more Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 courses.

    Who is Eligible?

    Any student who has met all three requirements below:

    • Registered for a UCI DCE certificate program, specialized studies, international program or concurrent enrollment course.
    • Successfully completed at least two courses since June 1, 2016.
    • Earned a grade of B or higher in your most recent DCE course.

    How to Apply

    Complete the online application

    In the online application, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

    • Reason for Application: in 500 characters, or less, briefly describe the reason you are applying for this scholarship.
    • Statement of Personal or Professional Goals: in 1500 characters or less, please describe how the UCI DCE program will help you attain your personal and/or professional goals.
    • Submit a Professional or Academic Letter of Recommendation: Please request that a professional or academic colleague (such as a supervisor, manager, or recent instructor) directly email a letter of recommendation to us. Acceptable formats for the recommendation letter are MS Word or PDF.

    Why study at University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education

    International Programs (IP), a department of the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education, offers life-enriching academic, professional, and cultural experiences to international audiences in environments specifically tailored to their needs.

    These experiences include:

    • superior English language and professional content instruction,
    • comprehensive preparation for successful undergraduate and graduate studies,
    • a wide variety of support services to foster international students’ adjustment to and competence in participating in American life.

    Awards & Accreditations

    Top 10 Public University

    U.S. News & World Report

    #1 Safest Big City

    FBI (15 consecutive years)

    Top 10 Cool School in US for Sustainability

    3 Nobel Prize Winners

    (Two in Chemistry; One in Physics)

    Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

    Campus Life & Facilities

    The University and DCE provide you with resources and services that will help you succeed while at UCI and beyond. We offer information and assistance with:

    • Airport pick-up from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or John Wayne Airport (SNA)
    • Health insurance and access to the UCI Student Health Center for medical care
    • Help with getting to shopping centers, local attractions, medical offices, etc.
    • Immigration advising
    • Individualized academic advising

    Field Trips, Events & Activities

    Student Life & Activities Fall 2021 Updates

    The Activities team creates a quarterly calendar full of various events, trips, sports, and activities both on and off-campus for you to enjoy. At the moment, we are holding a majority of our extra programming through remote ways, please see our current calendar.

    Pre-planned activities

    Previous pre-planned activities usually included city tours to famous locations, theme parks, museums, beaches, and performances.

    When allowed, the Activities team also organizes FREE large quarterly events, such as:

    • Welcome Picnics
    • International Potlucks
    • Beach Bonfire
    • Summer Pool Party
    • Halloween Festival
    • Soccer Tournaments

    Each week, students are also invited to join Activities team members for lunch series, dance workshops, sports, and social gatherings on campus.
    Our team will also help you with your personal trip planning. We provide assistance with transportation, directions, lodging, and points of interest.
    Some trips and activities require an additional fee for admission and transportation (provided by bus or UC Irvine van).

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