Program Curriculum

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


  • Academic English for ESL Learners courses
  • Standardized English Proficiency Test Preparation​​ course
  • University Application Assistance​​ course
  • STAR Research and University Prep course
  • UCI Major / General Education courses

  1. Completion of one year of Academic English for ESL Learners courses is required.
  2. Students must meet the program advancement criteria to take UCI General Education & Major courses.
  3. Program approval is required to enroll in more than 12 units in any subsequent quarter. The maximum number of units that are covered by the program tuition is 16.
  4. Courses are scheduled based on availability.  Course equivalent substitutions will be recommended when courses become unavailable.


What are the Undergraduate STAR Academic Advancement Track entry requirements?Expand

To be accepted into Undergraduate STAR, as an applicant, you must provide the following documents:

  1. The completed Undergraduate 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 your official academic transcripts from Grade 9 to meet the minimum GPA of 3.4 and the A-G subject completion that is equivalent to 17 yearlong high school courses with a letter grade of C or better
  3. Copy of your high school graduation certificate.
    • If you are currently in high school, please provide a copy of the confirmation statement issued by your current high school with your expected graduation date and year.
  4. Copy of your current passport page that shows your photo.
  5. Copies of English proficiency proof that meet any of the following minimum test scores:
    • TOEFL 71 / 530
    • IELTS 6.0
    • DCE 10-Week ESL Level 5
    • SAT Reading & Writing 530
    • AP English Language and Composition 3
    • IB High or Standard Level Examination 5
    • ACT Combined English/Writing or ELA 21
    • Duolingo Test 95
    • Gaokao/Hui Kao (from China) 85% in both English and Chinese subjects


  1. TOEFL iBT MyBest Scores and Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator will be accepted as long as all exams were taken within the past two years.
  2. To send an official TOEFL or IELTS test score, please select the institution code B166.

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 attended a higher education degree program for at least 3 years where English is the main language of instruction and the country

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 STAR APPLICATION FORM 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 $10,000 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.

(Note: Students who are government-sponsored must provide an official letter of financial support in lieu of the Program Deposit and any additional tuition and mandatory fees to avoid any delay in the application process or enrollment cancellation.)

  1. 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.
  2. 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 a 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 criteria for a student to advance each quarter in the Undergraduate STAR Academic Advancement Track?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 the STAR program
  • Maintain at least a B average or Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the STAR program
  • Comply with the STAR program policies (e.g., be in good academic standing) at all times
  • Achieve at least TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo 115, or a B in 10-Week ESL Level 6 by the last day of the current quarter

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.

Please note that additional demonstration of any of the following is required to take a full load of UCI courses after the first quarter of the program:

  • Have obtained SAT Writing & Language 31, SAT Reasoning Verbal 680, AP English 3, ACT English + Reading sections 63, IB English HL 5, IB English SL 6,
  • Have completed UCI Academic English 20C or been exempted from the UCI Academic English courses
  • Have completed at least 8 UCI undergraduate course units with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

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 program tuition and fees?Expand

Please visit our TUITION AND FEES page for more information.

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.

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

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

View the list of schools that have offered admission to our STAR students since 2011. Moreover, upon successful completion of the program, STAR students will receive our program assistance and recommendation in applying to the Honors Program at our partner college, Irvine Valley College, which offers many benefits, including: transcript recognition, guaranteed/priority transfer acceptance consideration, dedicated scholarships, and access to the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), the UCI Honors-to-Honors Program, and other transfer partnerships with participating HTCC colleges and universities, across the U.S.

Note: Completion of undergraduate STAR does not guarantee admission to undergraduate programs at UC Irvine or any other post-secondary institution.  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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12-month tuition: $55,500 USD

Approximate total cost for 12 months: $82,100 USD, excludes airfare


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