Earn a post-graduate certificate in a professional field and obtain working experience in a 3-month Internship to boost your résumé and interaction with business professionals in the U.S.
6- and 9-Month Program Guidelines for ACP Track
|English Proficiency Score||Core Curriculum1||Length of Study||Program Tuition|
|TOEFL iBT 71/PBT 530;
IELTS 6.0 or above2
|One quarter Accelerated Certificate
|6 months||$17,500 USD|
|TOEFL iBT 61-70/
|One (or more) quarter 10-Week
Intensive ESL Program/
One quarter Accelerated Certificate
|9 months+||$23,300+ USD|
|1All IGSPP components include Program Benefits listed on the facing page
2The International Programs English placement test is required upon arrival. The result of the test will determine the amount of ESL needed for each applicant
Accelerated Certificate Program (ACP) Benefits
- Enhance the value of your degree and update your skills and knowledge in your area of specialization in just 3 months
- Gain practical work experience and apply academic theory in an internship related to your area of study
- Attend a Professional Communications Seminar to gain a deeper understanding of your courses and to further develop your English communication skills for greater success in your profession
- Receive academic advising
- Participate in educational field trips to observe American professionals in the work environment
- Develop a professional network of American and international colleagues
Description of ACPs
This program prepares students to enter an MBA program, learn to build effective teams, explore business and leadership models, and obtain a strong foundation in business functions and analysis. Courses include Entrepreneurship, Finance for the Non-Financial Business Person, Essentials of Management, Success Strategies for E-Business, Communication in the Business Environment, Strategic Planning. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
In this program, students learn how to develop and present a comprehensive business plan focused on data obtained through financial requirements and consumer research; develop specific skills in the areas of international marketing, management, finance, and business negotiations; identify the strategies, policies, and norms necessary to conduct international business; and describe specific business strategies for conducting business in designated international markets. Courses include International Business: Strategy and Structure, International Marketing, International Finance, Import/Export: International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cross-Cultural Communications and Negotiations, International Business Planning for Your Product or Service: A Capstone Course. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
This program prepares students for a career in corporate financial planning and analysis in a multinational company. Students learn to develop practical financial spreadsheet models, understand balance sheet and profit loss statements, and develop tactics to improve financial management processes. Courses include Financial Mathematics Primer, Financial Modeling Primer: Computer Lab Class, Financial Analysis Primer, International Accounting for International Students, Risk Management in the Multinational Firm: A Survey Course for International Students, Survey of International Finance Markets, Advanced International Finance. Offered Fall and Spring.
This program focuses on the application of best practices that are necessary in the growing field of global workforce management. Increasingly, the business world is operating more globally, workplace interactions are getting faster, and the international business is operating 24 hours a day and seven days a week. These developments require a new skillset – an understanding of global workforce leadership that can be applied across datelines and borders. It is now vitally important for business professionals, human resources professionals, and expected international and expatriate employees to be aware of the trends, needs and intricacies of contributing to a global workforce. This program addresses the skills and knowledge required for individuals to be prepared for global human resources management. The program is designed primarily for those who wish to enter or enhance their careers in international human resources, business professionals interested in career transition into global talent management, and individuals who desire to learn how to manage a global workforce. Participants will learn to identify best practices for staffing, compensation, employee relations, recruitment, organizational development, training, and benefits as they pertain to international staffing and workforce development; examine globalization trends in human resources management and workforce oversight; integrate new global technologies, including web-based networking in the human resources function; and explain the potential of cross-cultural and international performance metrics and the potential for a structure of HR practices of multinational companies and government regulators. Courses include Foundations of Human Resource Management, Global Workforce Management, International Talent Acquisition and Retention, Cross-cultural Career Management, Technology Applications in Talent Management. Offered Fall and Spring.
Foundational knowledge of the laws and regulations that affect private international business transactions is essential to making good business decisions. This program teaches business professionals how to recognize and understand the major legal issues that arise in the negotiation, structuring, and implementation of deals involving the private sectors of commerce – contracts, property, and torts. This program is designed to prepare business professionals with the knowledge and training needed to navigate the current legal and business environment and manage international private business transactions. Participants will examine the transactional aspects of private international business transactions; explore treaties and regulations governing private international business transactions; develop a framework for evaluating the potential risks and benefits of private international business transactions; and apply legal concepts and regulations to real-world examples of private international business transactions. Courses include International Sales Transactions I, International Sales Transactions II, Intellectual Property in International Business Transactions, Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions, Foreign Direct Investments, Corporate Social Responsibility for Multinational Enterprises. Offered Winter and Summer.
This program focuses on how technology and the digital economy have dramatically changed marketing today. The core marketing activities including market research, strategic planning, branding, public relations, and business to business marketing must take advantage of these new technologies and opportunities to develop and reach new markets, and ensure a business’s success. Courses include Presentation Skills Workshop, Essentials of Marketing Beyond the Four Ps, Understanding Customers and Markets Through Research, Web Marketing Integrating Social Media, Business-to-Business Marketing, Customer Relationship Marketing, Branding, Marketing Planning for Your Product or Business. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
In a time in which knowledge about world events and people comes largely through mass media, there is an increasing need for business professionals to understand the global, social, political, and cultural impact of its various forms. This program prepares students and professionals for the ever-changing media environment and redefines the boundaries of what communication is and how it works. The program is designed for those who wish to enter or enhance their careers in marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, human resources, corporate communications, or sales. Participants will learn how strategic communications support business objectives using modern communication and media techniques; gain an understanding of communication and media studies with a focus on the humanistic aspects of media and its impact on society; and develop and execute complex integrated communications plans. Courses include Media and Global Communications, Ethics in Marketing and Advertising, Crisis Management and Communications, Public Relations, Disciplines of Advertising, Developing a Social Media Strategy, Persuasion and Social Influence, Capstone: Communication Planning. Offered Winter and Summer.
Highly successful businesses know that they can no longer rely solely on their product or service to grow; they must leverage their data to better understand their customers and learn from the collective experiences of their organizations to remain competitive. This certificate program provides individuals the skills needed to effectively collect and manage Big Data and perform data-driven discovery and prediction, extracting value and competitive intelligence for their organizations. Courses include Application of Predictive Analytics, Strategic Business Analysis using Predictive Analytics, Data Preparation for Data Mining, Modeling Methods, Deploying, and Refining Predictive Models, Business Applications of Data Science, Data Exploration, Analytics, and Visualization, and Big Data Visualization and Analytics. Offered Winter and Spring.
In this program, students examine the current issues impacting global hospitality management, use proven marketing and branding techniques to capture and retain the hospitality and tourism-focused client, build and adapt event management and project management skills necessary in the changing hospitality and tourism industries, learn how to develop an integrated service culture that supports employee retention, and learn about the role of sustainability and greening in the current hospitality and tourism practices. Courses include Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Strategic Marketing and Branding for the Hospitality Industry, Customer Service Management, Fundamentals of Accounting and Budgeting, Project and Event Management, Human Resources and Leadership for the Hospitality Professional, Fundamentals of the Tourism Industry. Offered Winter and Summer.
This program is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and prepares students to plan, schedule, and implement complex projects. In addition, the program prepares students to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification exam. Students learn fundamental project management principles, theories, and practices; use project management tools and techniques that are effective in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing a project; identify characteristics of high performance teams and ways to manage stakeholder expectations; select appropriate techniques to communicate effectively with team members and other stakeholders; benefit from a Charter Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute; and gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company. Courses include Introduction to Project Management; Project Cost Management; Project Procurement Management: Contracting, Subcontracting, Teaming; Project Monitoring and Control with Earned Value; Management, Leadership, and Team Building within the Project Environment; Project Risk Management; Management of Multiple Projects; Project Management Practicum and Project Simulation. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
Get the opportunity to work in a real-world setting, take on workplace projects, earn academic credit, learn new skills and concepts, and make professional contacts!
Internships are unpaid positions lasting 3 months; most are in mid-sized firms in the growing high-tech business environment of Orange County, as well as in the Greater Los Angeles area. Interns perform a variety of professional-level tasks at their host companies for approximately 20-35 hours per week.
Benefits of Internships
- Obtain valuable business experience
- Utilize opportunities for building business relationships and contacts
- Improve communication skills
- Implement new ideas and concepts in your home country
- Explore and develop career options
- Receive guidance and support from dedicated internship staff
- Follow-up service to ensure your satisfaction with internship placement
- Learn to write an American-style résumé and interviewing tips by enrolling in the Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills workshop
Partial List of Internship Partners
- AEG Merchandise
- Fremantle Media North America
- Four Seasons Hotel
- Havaianas Sandals
- H.I.S. International Tours
- Irvine Chamber of Commerce
- Keiretsu Forum
- MSC Software
- Marriott Hotels
- Passy-Muir, Inc.
- Rieches Baird
- St. John Knits
- TBWA Chiat Day
- World Trade Center Association for International Trade
Full-Time Study Requirements
A full-time course of study in IGSPP, in compliance with both UC and U.S. immigration requirements, is defined as:
- Minimum of 18 hours of ESL courses or 12 units of IGSPP and undergraduate courses per quarter
- Students may take graduate units with special approval by IGSPP. Additional fees will be charged.
- No more than 3 units or one course per quarter may be taken in an online format.
To successfully complete IGSPP, students must fulfill all program requirements, including maintaining program academic performance standards in ESL, IGSPP, ACP, and Internship coursework. Students may be dismissed if they fail to meet UC academic and/or behavioral standards: UC Academic Standards / UC Behavioral Standards. UCI Division of Continuing Education will monitor each student’s academic and personal progress. After each student signs the FERPA Authorization to Release Information to a Designated Third Party, UCI Division of Continuing Education may report student’s performance to designated recipients, including UCI Undergraduate Admissions, the admissions units of other US university campuses, and the student’s parents/guardians.
Note: IGSPP does not guarantee admission to UCI or any other university.