• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
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Through rigorous academic coursework, intensive test preparation, cultural orientation, personalized advising, and strategic application assistance, International Undergraduate Preparation Program Fundamentals Track at the University of California Irvine (UCI) prepares international students not just for freshman admission, but for success in their undergraduate studies.  

This winning combination of interactive English teaching and academic and skills-based training is ideal for students looking to ready themselves for the demands of studying in an international setting.

IUPP Fundamentals Track Improve students’ English and university study skills and offers conditional acceptance to IUPP General or Specialized Track to receive additional benefits during their studies in IUPP.


  • Transferable credit toward your degree, including UCI undergraduate and intensive college preparation courses
  • Exclusive Undergraduate Preparation Seminar and workshops in U.S. university expectations, resources, and culture
  • Comprehensive academic support and individualized advising
  • Strategic guidance and assistance with university applications
  • SAT, TOEFL iBT and other test preparation to help you reach your target score
  • Intensive Academic English support, including coursework and tutoring in English, American culture and academic university study skills
  • Intercultural conversation experiences with current UCI students who will meet in one-on-one or group conversational settings
  • Introduction to and interaction with the UCI campus, its prestigious faculty, its abundant resources,a nd its academic rigor
  • Social events and excursions with other international and American students

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intensive English Reading and Vocabulary
  • Intensive English Speaking and Listening
  • Intensive English Grammar and Writing
  • Academic English Reading and Vocabulary
  • Academic English Speaking and Listening

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The Completed IUPP APPLICATION with a non-refundable application fee
  • Copies of your official academic transcripts for the last four years of high school 
  • Copy of your high school graduation certificate or a confirmation statement issued by your high school with your expected graduation date and year
  • Copy of your current passport page that shows your photo
  • Copies of your or your sponsor’s financial statements
  • Documentation for any educational gap between the graduation of your high school and start date of the IUPP program you intend to apply
  • DCE Online English Proficiency Test is required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11600 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11600 USD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    11600 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11600 USD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Approximate total cost for 6 months: $24,700 USD, excludes airfare

Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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