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International Freshman

Before You Apply

A) Minimum GPA

  • 3.4 or better in college preparation courses, or external exams

B) Required High School Courses (must be completed with a grade of C or better)

  • History: 2 years required
  • English: 4 years required
  • Mathematics: 3 years required; 4 years recommended
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years required; 3 years recommended
  • Language Other Than English: 2 years required; 3 years recommended
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year required
  • College Preparatory Elective: 1 year required

For more information on additional admission requirements by country please get in touch by completing the contact form on this page.

C) Exam Requirements

  • SAT with Essay OR the ACT Plus Writing
  • SAT Subject Test scores are no longer required; however, submission of SAT Subject

Test scores may add positively to a student’s application. For more details, please get in touch using the contact form on this page.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please get in touch by completing the contact form on this page to receive more information about the application process
  • Online application opens August 1
  • Application submission period is November 1-30
  • Application fee is $80 (nonrefundable)
  • Please do not send recommendation letters
  • Send in your official transcripts only when requested by the Admissions Office or after you are admitted

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International Transfer

Before You Apply

A) Minimum GPA

  • Nonresident transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 in UC transferable college coursework

B) Required College/University Courses

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter UC transferable units. All majors at UCI are selective and applicants are encouraged to earn the highest possible GPA.
  • All 60 semester or 90 quarter UC transferable units must be completed by the end of the spring term for fall admission
  • Complete the following seven transferable college courses (with a grade of C or better in each course):

– Two UC transferable courses in English composition

– One UC transferable college course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning

– Four UC transferable college courses from at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or physical and biological sciences

  • Some majors have additional specific course prerequisites and higher GPA requirements; please complete the contact form on this page for more information

How to Apply

  • Please get in touch by completing the contact form on this page to receive more information about the application process
  • Online application opens August 1
  • Application submission period is November 1-30
  • Application fee is $80 (nonrefundable)
  • Please do not send recommendation letters
  • Send in your official transcripts only when requested by the Admissions Office or after you are admitted

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Howard Gillman // Chancellor

English Language Proficiency

All International Applicants

Freshman

If a freshman applicant’s secondary/high school was completed in a country where English was not the language of instruction, or if an applicant has less than three years of instruction in English in the U.S., demonstration of English proficiency is required.

Various examinations and scores may be used to demonstrate proficiency in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination:

Internet-based test (iBT): score 80 or higher

Paper-based test (completed prior to Oct. 2017): score 550 or higher

Revised paper-delivered test (completed Oct. 2017 or later): score 60 or higher

  • Score 3, 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition
  • Score 5, 6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level examination in English (Literature, or Language and Literature)
  • Score 6 or 7 on the IB Standard Level examination in English (Literature, or Language and Literature)
  • Score 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Score 24 or higher on the ACT combined English/Writing or English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Score 560 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning test OR score 31 or higher on Writing and Language in the SAT with Essay
  • Freshman applicants may complete one UC-E approved English composition course

Transfer

Transfer applicants must complete two UC-E approved English composition courses with a grade of C or better.

Cost to Attend

Paying for college can seem daunting. When you consider UCI’s extraordinary academic experience, the prestige of attending a top-ranked research university, opportunities to conduct research with world-renowned faculty and access to valuable internships, the cost of attending is not so scary.

Living Arrangement

Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses

Estimated Total Cost

On Campus $ 45,540 $ 19,742 $ 65,282
Off Campus $ 45,540 $ 17,541 $ 63,081

* Estimated budget includes Nonresident Tuition and Fees. Fees are subject to change. For the most current information please get in touch by completing the contact form on this page.