Learn the foundations of international finance and the history and structure of international financial markets. You will discover the basic forces behind international investment flows and gain an understanding of the financial management techniques used by multinational firms. Determine the functions of foreign exchange spot trading, forward and derivatives transactions, and learn alternative financing and payment methods.


  • Analyze and understand financial data from multinational companies
  • Create and analyze financial models
  • Examine international financial markets and develop investment strategies
  • Develop effective financial risk management strategies
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company

Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate at UCI Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.


Examine the accounting principles used by multinational companies.  Accounting equation, financial statement structure, financial statement analysis, cost structures (including fixed, variable, breakeven analysis, and overhead), cost systems, capital markets, working capital management, and present value will be explored.  Study the accounting techniques needed to prepare a financial statement analysis and to compare financial results of different companies.

Financial MathematicsExpand
Examine the principles of financial mathematics and statistics. Time value of money, simple and compound interest rates, valuation of stocks and bonds, investment returns, financial valuation of projects, and probability in financial valuations will be explored. Study calculations common to business decision-making and how to apply mathematical tools to analyze financial data.

Financial ModelingExpand
Examine the principles used in creating financial models. Study how to apply financial theories and concepts in the development of spreadsheet models that support effective financial analysis, as well as how to create models to compare financial statements of different companies using ratio analysis and other techniques.

International Financial Markets and StrategiesExpand
Examine the international markets driving the global economy.  The four financial markets – stock, bond, foreign exchange, and money – used by governments and multinational companies will be explored.  Study how to track the four financial markets, how and why multinational companies invest their money, and where governments and business go to raise money.  Also examine investment strategies for international markets.  The role of exchanges and other markets as venues for trading stocks, bonds, currencies, and derivatives will be explored, as well as a broad range of investment securities, their pricing, trading, and application, both in hedging and speculation.  Study the role and strategies of using market instruments in financial management decisions.

Financial AnalysisExpand
Examine the principles of financial statement analysis in a global context. How to interpret financial ratios, industry models, multiple year financial trends in companies and industries, profitability, and risks will be explored. Study income statements and balance statements in the same manner as chief financial officers, owners, presidents, and boards of directors of multinational companies.

Risk Management in the Multinational FirmExpand
Examine risk factors facing multinational firms and the mitigation options available. How to identify the most common types of risk from analyzing a firm’s public financial documents, income statements, and balance statements will be explored. Study how to develop a risk management strategy relevant to the objectives of the firm.


As an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,900, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for 10 weeks. Also included in the internship is the Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills workshop.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time are ACPs offered?Expand
Classes are scheduled variously between 09:00 and 17:00 (California time).  Students will learn their specific class times when they enroll.

Is part-time study available?Expand
All ACP students must study full-time only.

What are the visa requirements of the program?Expand
An F-1 student visa is required for full-time, on-campus study.

Are there internship opportunities available after ACP study? Expand
Yes.  ACP programs offer internship opportunities at Southern California companies. 

Can ACP students apply for an OPT after their program?Expand
F-1 students who maintained their F-1 status for one full academic year (3 consecutive quarters) may apply for an OPT.  Contact an international student advisor at immigrationofficials@ce.uci.edu for more information.


Program Cost

Certificate Tuition: $7,900

Approximate Total Cost: $14,100 USD

Amount shown above is an approximation for tuition plus living expenses (housing, transportation, meals, books, etc.) This amount is before any discounts applied and excludes airfare.

You can view all the tuition and fees rates on our Tuition and Fees page

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Admissions Requirements


Fall 2023Sep 28 - Dec 15
Spring 2024Apr 1 - Jun 14
Fall 2024Sep 23 - Dec 12