University of California Irvine, Division of Continuing Education


Founded in 1965, UCI is renowned for its strength as a major research university. We are located in a dynamic U.S. business environment and in one of the most beautiful and vibrant regions in Southern California—Orange County, famously known as “The O.C.”

UCI Division of Continuing Education is the bridge to the next step in your academic or professional journey—connecting you with the skills, knowledge, and network you need to expand your horizons and opportunities. Our experienced, trained team of faculty and staff has been assisting international students in achieving their goals since 1979. To help you succeed, we call upon the considerable resources, talents, and opportunities of this world-class university.

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Programs Location
International Tourism & Hotel Management California

Scholarships & funding

Scholarship Program

UCI DCE offers a limited number of scholarships, each covering tuition up to $1,500 that can be applied toward enrollment in one or more Winter 2022 or Spring 2022 courses.

Who is Eligible?

Any student who has met all three requirements below:

  • Registered for a UCI DCE certificate program, specialized studies, international program or concurrent enrollment course.
  • Successfully completed at least two courses since June 1, 2016.
  • Earned a grade of B or higher in your most recent DCE course.

How to Apply

Complete the online application

In the online application, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • Reason for Application: in 500 characters, or less, briefly describe the reason you are applying for this scholarship.

  • Statement of Personal or Professional Goals: in 1500 characters or less, please describe how the UCI DCE program will help you attain your personal and/or professional goals.

  • Submit a Professional or Academic Letter of Recommendation: Please request that a professional or academic colleague (such as a supervisor, manager, or recent instructor) directly email a letter of recommendation to us. Acceptable formats for the recommendation letter are MS Word or PDF.


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Why study at University of California Irvine, Division of Continuing Education

International Programs (IP), a department of the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education, offers life-enriching academic, professional, and cultural experiences to international audiences in environments specifically tailored to their needs.

These experiences include:

  • superior English language and professional content instruction,
  • comprehensive preparation for successful undergraduate and graduate studies,
  • a wide variety of support services to foster international students’ adjustment to and competence in participating in American life.

University of California Irvine, Division of Continuing Education is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Global rankings 2023 Top 10 Global rankings 2022 Top 10 global rankings 2021 badge

Awards & Accreditations

Top 10 Public University

U.S. News & World Report

#1 Safest Big City 

FBI (15 consecutive years)

Top 10 Cool School in US for Sustainability

3 Nobel Prize Winners

(Two in Chemistry; One in Physics)

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Student services & facilities

The University and DCE provide you with resources and services that will help you succeed while at UCI and beyond. We offer information and assistance with:

  • Airport pick-up from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Health insurance and access to the UCI Student Health Center for medical care
  • Help with getting to shopping centers, local attractions, medical offices, etc.
  • Immigration advising
  • Individualized academic advising


About UCI

Nestled in one of the most beautiful, vibrant regions in Southern California, the University of California, Irvine is ranked the 7th best public university and best university under 50 years old in the United States. Its world-renowned reputation has also attracted faculty members from the top of their fields, including three Nobel Prize winners. Increasingly a first-choice campus for many students, UC Irvine prides itself as a center for quality education that fosters students’ passion and enthusiasm for knowledge.

A Non-Smoking Campus

Smoking is prohibited everywhere on campus and at properties owned or leased by UC Irvine, including all parking lots. This affects everyone on UC Irvine property, including students, faculty, staff, guests, and visitors.

Safe and Beautiful Irvine

One of the first and largest master-planned communities, Irvine enjoys a Mediterranean climate in a safe, clean, and family-oriented environment in the heart of The OC (Orange County)

Quick Facts about Irvine

  • Population 2020: 303,956
  • One of America’s Safest Cities for 13 years in a row
  • 292 sunny days per year:
  • Mar-Oct: 23-31°C (highs)
  • Nov-Feb: 15-20°C (highs)
  • Located in the heart of Southern California’s “Technology Coast”

Student lifestyle

Field Trips, Events & Activities

Student Life & Activities Fall 2021 Updates

The Activities team creates a quarterly calendar full of various events, trips, sports, and activities both on and off-campus for you to enjoy. At the moment, we are holding a majority of our extra programming through remote ways, please see our current calendar.

Pre-planned activities

Previous pre-planned activities usually included city tours to famous locations, theme parks, museums, beaches, and performances.

When allowed, the Activities team also organizes FREE large quarterly events, such as:

  • Welcome Picnics
  • International Potlucks
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Summer Pool Party
  • Halloween Festival
  • Soccer Tournaments

Each week, students are also invited to join Activities team members for lunch series, dance workshops, sports, and social gatherings on campus.
Our team will also help you with your personal trip planning. We provide assistance with transportation, directions, lodging, and points of interest.
Some trips and activities require an additional fee for admission and transportation (provided by bus or UC Irvine van).


University Apartments

Fully furnished 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments shared by 4 international students of the same gender.

  • Wireless internet, cable TV, and DVD player are provided
  • Access to pool and Jacuzzi and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts
  • Apartments include bed linens, towels, and kitchen cookware
  • Approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from UCI
  • UCI shuttle service available (additional cost $90 per quarter)
  • Adjacent to public bus route, international grocery store, large park, and shopping center
  • Students provided a bicycle for their use
  • Resident Services, Activities, and Mentoring
  • UCI undergraduate student Resident Advisors serve as mentors and assist students with their transition to UCI
  • Community-building activities, such as barbeques, movie nights, and picnics for students to meet and interact
  • Social and educational activities that promote English proficiency and an appreciation of American and international cultures
  • 24/7 access to on-site staff dedicated to assist international students with any maintenance and facilities issues


If you are interested in homestay, directly contact one of the companies listed below for more information and pricing.

Homestay Benefits:

  • Live with local families in a private furnished room with Internet access
  • Learn about American culture and practice your English skills daily while developing lasting friendships
  • Experience American families of a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups
    Applications must be submitted directly to the homestay company and processed prior to arrival.

UCI Dorms (Summer Quarter Only)

On-Campus Housing Near Classrooms

  • Fully furnished shared or private rooms
  • Live with other international students and American peer advisors
  • Meal plans available
  • WiFi included
  • Rates
  • Shared occupancy bedroom rates listed below do not include meals or a $100 application fee. Private rooms and meal plans are available for an additional charge.


All rates are subject to change.

  • Rate per day, per person
  • Hotel / Motel Benefits
  • Close proximity to campus (approximately 10-15 minute drive)
  • Receive housekeeping service
  • Enjoy a gym, jacuzzi, and pool


Average rating 5

Based on 9 reviews.

Cecilia, Brazil

I couldn’t imagine living here and being successful in any kind of work if I hadn’t attended UCI. They taught me everything, such as the way Americans do business – believe me, it’s different than in Brazil!

Ling, China

I really wanted to pursue a college degree in the US, but I didn’t have the SAT or the TOEFL score yet, so it’s a good program to prepare for the test and improve language proficiency. Even things like email etiquette or American idioms, all the curriculum takes care of that and I had the feeling like I was always supported by my instructors.

Clemence, France

Not only did I acquire great marketing knowledge, but I also had the opportunity to create the foundation for my international network. Taking the 4-week Business English program was a unique experience that I will remember forever.


University of California Irvine, Division of Continuing Education

Pereira Drive, West of East Peltason Dr.
92697-5700 Irvine
United States of America

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