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To successfully complete IUPP Zot!, which includes General and Specialized Tracks, students must fulfill all program requirements, including maintaining program academic performance standards in ESL, IUPP, and UCI undergraduate coursework.
9-month Program Guidelines for IUPP General Track
|Minimum English Proficiency Score||Core Curriculum||Length of Study||Program Tuition|
Online DCE ESL Proficiency Test1
The DCE English Placement Test is administered upon arrival. The result of the test will determine the amount of ESL needed
*Additional quarters of ESL available for fee
(additional quarters available for added cost)
|1Online DCE ESL Placement Test can be substituted with any of the following: At least 3 years of High School English with a B average; A minimum TOEFL score of 43 or 443; A minimum score of 4.0 on IELTS; A minimum score of 3 on the AP English language; A minimum score of 90 on Gao Kao or Hui Kao test; Completion of Level 4 or higher in UCI DCE’s 10-Week Intensive ESL Program; A minimum score of 30 on PTE Academic; Completion of A2 or higher on CEFR or ISE; A minimum score of 381 on TOEIC; or A minimum score of 2.5 on iTEP; SAT and ACT scores will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.|
During Summer Quarter (end of June to mid-September), all UCI undergraduate courses are offered only through UCI Summer Session, which operates in two five-week sessions. Students usually enroll in up to two four-unit courses in each five-week session for a possible total of up to 12 units. Summer Session courses are very intensive; in five weeks, students are expected to cover the same material usually covered in a ten-week quarter. Any student, including international students with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT/80 iBT or equivalent, can pre-register for Summer Session courses starting the preceding March 1st. If a course has a prerequisite, the student works with the IUPP advisor to ensure that the prerequisite is met in advance.
UCI undergraduate classes are provided on a space-available basis; students enrolled in these courses receive all of the rights and privileges of UC non-matriculated students. Enrollment in undergraduate courses for credit is not guaranteed. Visit the current UCI quarter course listing or the online version of the UCI general catalog for more information.
Full-Time Study Requirements
A full-time course of study in IUPP, in compliance with both UC and U.S. immigration requirements, is defined as:
- Minimum of 18 hours of ESL courses or 12 units of IUPP and undergraduate courses per quarter
- The maximum number of units allowable in this program is usually 12 undergraduate units per quarter. Students may take up to 16 units with special approval by IUPP. Additional fees will be charged.
- No more than 4 units or one course per quarter may be taken in an online format.
To successfully complete IUPP, students must fulfill all program requirements, including maintaining program academic performance standards in ESL, IUPP, and UCI undergraduate 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: IUPP does not guarantee admission to UCI or any other university.