Program Curriculum

Minimum 12 units to meet the full-time requirement each quarter


  • Academic English for ESL Learners courses
  • Standardized Test Preparation courses
  • Graduate Application Assistance course
  • STAR Research and Academic Enrichment courses
  • DCE Professional courses
  • Accelerated Certificate Programs (ACPs)
  • UCI Major courses
  • Career Preparation course (part of the Internship Program)

  1. Academic English for ESL Learners courses are required in the first quarter for students who do not earn a degree from any accredited U.S. universities/colleges.
  2. Program approval is required for enrolling in more than 12 units. The maximum number of units that are covered by the program tuition is 16 units per quarter.
  3. Students who have demonstrated a TOEFL 71 or equivalent may be able to substitute one Academic English course with a DCE Professional course with the program’s approval.
  4. Students must meet the program advancement criteria to enroll in UCI Major courses, ACPs, or Internship Program
  5. Courses are scheduled based on availability. Course equivalent substitutions will be recommended when courses become unavailable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Graduate STAR General entry requirements?Expand

To be accepted in our Graduate STAR General Track, you as an applicant must provide the following documents:

  1. The Completed Graduate STAR APPLICATION with a non-refundable $200 application fee. The application fee must be paid within 7 days upon our office’s receipt of your application to be processed; otherwise, the application may automatically be canceled.
  2. Copies of all of your current official academic transcripts to prove your completion of at least three years of college education and to meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (or equivalent)
      • If you have already completed your bachelor’s degree, provide a copy of your 4-year bachelor’s degree diploma/graduation certificate or a confirmation statement issued by your current university/college with your expected graduation date and year
  3. Copy of your current passport page that shows your photo
  4. Documentation for any educational gap since the start of university/college attendance must be supported with explanations and evidence
  5. Copies of English proficiency proof
    • Two Quarters:
      • English proficiency tests accepted
        • 71 iBT TOEFL (To send an official TOEFL test score, please select the institution code B166.)
        • 530 PBT TOEFL or 17 on each section
        • 685 TOEIC
        • 6.0 IELTS (To send an official IELTS test score, please select the institution code B166.)
        • B2 CEFR or ISE
        • 3.5 iTEP
        • 95 Duolingo
        • 50 Pearson Academic
        • Advanced Cambridge
        • EIKEN Japanese Test in Practical English "Grade pre-1"
      • Completion of English language school
        • UCI 10-Week Intensive ESL: Level 5
        • Kaplan International: Higher Intermediate
        • FLS International: Level 16
        • ELS Language Centers: Level 112

Note: TOEFL iBT MyBest Scores, Special Home Edition, Essentials and IELTS Indicator will be accepted as long as all exams were taken within the past two years.

  • English Requirement Exemption:
    1. You have attended a high school for at least 3 years where English is the main language of instruction, or
    2. You have obtained a recognized undergraduate or master’s degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction

Students whose native language is not English may be required to take UCI DCE’s online English-as-a-Second-Language Placement Exam before the start of the program.  The exam results will determine the appropriate English language courses needed in the program.

Our program entry requirements and English exemption are not the same as any other programs at UCI. 

UCI Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to deny acceptance to STAR. Applicants who are not accepted into STAR by UCI Division of Continuing Education will be notified in writing.

What is the application process?Expand

  1. Complete the online GRADUATE STAR APPLICATION and pay the non-refundable $200 application fee.
  2. After you have been provisionally accepted into STAR, an official Acceptance Confirmation Letter will be sent to you. This letter is usually sent by e-mail. It will describe the STAR registration policies and request the required Program Deposit of $5,000 USD to be submitted to STAR within 15 days after the receipt of your Acceptance Confirmation letter. You will also need to submit copies of your or your sponsor’s financial statements (e.g., checking or savings accounts) that meet our financial requirements for I-20 issuance. If you are applying as a transfer-in from another US institution, you will also need to submit a completed Transfer Evaluation Form.
  3. After you have signed the acknowledgment form that is part of your Acceptance Confirmation letter, and STAR has received your required program deposit, you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance (LOA), Form I-20, and Welcome Packet. With the Letter of Acceptance and Form I-20, you will be able to submit a request for a student (F-1) visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your area.
  4. You will have 30 days to pay the balance of the program tuition and fees. Confirmation of enrollment must include full payment of tuition and fees.

Please see Registration Policies & Deadlines for cancellation and postponement requests.

Can I still apply to STAR if I am not sure that I meet your entry requirements?Expand

UCI Division of Continuing Education is committed to serving diverse students from all backgrounds.  While the acceptance preference will be given to students who have met our minimum acceptance requirements, we recognize individual circumstances and offer comprehensive review of every applicant.  Thus, students who do not meet our minimum acceptance requirements are still encouraged to apply.  It is important that students provide additional information (e.g., resume, community service, awards and achievements, and extra-curricular classes and activities.) to demonstrate their unique circumstances.

What are the benefits for completing one of the Accelerated Certificate Programs (ACPs) in STAR General?Expand

ACPs are specialized post-graduate programs that balance theory and practice with an emphasis on real-world experience. Students will learn the most current trends in their business field of study or industry, earn academic  credit, and connect with leaders in their fields.  Our ACPs offer the opportunity to enroll in a 3-month unpaid internship and can provide a pathway to become eligible for a 12-month work experience in the U.S. with Optional Practical Training (OPT).

What are the criteria for a student to advance each quarter in STAR General?Expand

Below are key selection criteria taken into consideration for program advancement

  • Score at least 85% in every CE or P/NP class offered by your program
  • Maintain a B average or Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Comply with the program policies (e.g., be in good academic standing and, satisfactory performance in ACPs) at all times
  • Meet the minimum English and other program requirements stated in the Entry Acceptance Requirements

Students who meet the above key selection criteria are expected to follow the program curriculum or their designed study plan.  When students fail to meet the above key selection criteria, our academic advisors will provide alternative academic preparation courses to assist the student in making progress and maintaining their full-time status.

What are the requirements for completing the program?Expand

Program Completion clearance will not be granted for a student with an outstanding debt to UCI DCE, any outstanding misconduct charges, or unsatisfactory completion of all program requirements.

Is this a full-time program?Expand

Yes. The minimum full-time requirement is 12 units each quarter. An F-1 student visa is required for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to study in this program on the UCI campus.

What are the recommended graduate programs for General Track students?Expand

Students are recommended to apply to UCI and our partner graduate schools during their STAR studies. Please know that every graduate program may have a different application deadline. Graduate STAR students are required to submit their graduate school applications by the deadlines.

What is the program tuition and fees?Expand

Please visit our Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Which colleges and universities have offered admission to students who have successfully completed the program?Expand

View the list of U.S. schools that have offered admission to our STAR students since 2011.

Do you offer any financial aid to international students?Expand

Funding is currently not available for students who are enrolled in our program.  However, students may find any financial assistance opportunities by contacting the consulates in their home countries.  There are also scholarship websites available: IEFA, International Scholarships, International Student.

Do you have any partnerships with schools outside of UCI?Expand

Yes.  STAR is excited to partner with several prestigious institutions in the U.S, including Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, Pepperdine University Graduate Business and Law Schools, and A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside. Some of our partnership benefits include priority application review and English requirement (e.g., TOEFL and IELTS) waiver.  Scholarships from our partners are also available.

Note: Participating in STAR is not a guarantee of admission to UCI or any other university. Admission to these programs is controlled by that institution's policies and admission standards. For information about STAR, refer to this official program website.

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6-month tuition: $24,000 USD

9-month tuition: $29,800 USD  

Approximate total cost for 9 months: $49,800 USD, excludes airfare *Please note the program length is based on a student’s admissions eligibility


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