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Study Load Limits

Although Summer Session is a more casual, relaxed environment, summer courses are taught at an accelerated pace and the workload for two courses is comparable to four courses during the year. You may enroll in up to 10 units for Session I and 10 units for Session II. Courses in 10-week overlap both sessions, so those units will be divided; we apply half to the Session I study load limit and half to the Session II study load limit.

If you need to exceed these limits due to unusual circumstances, please obtain approval from the appropriate University official, as follows:

  • If you are a student regularly admitted and enrolled at UC Irvine:
    • Undergraduate students must visit your Academic Counselor at your school of major. They will submit an online approval directly to Summer Session. After your counselor submits the approval, you will need to submit your Enrollment Form or Course Change Request Form to the Summer Session Office. Please note you will not be able to pass the unit maximum per session online.
    • Graduate students must visit your Academic Counselor. They will submit an online approval directly to Summer Session. After your counselor submits the approval, you will need to submit your Enrollment Form or Course Change Request Form to the Summer Session Office. Please note you will not be able to pass the unit maximum per session online.
  • If you are a student regularly admitted and enrolled at another UC campus:
    • Undergraduate students must visit your Academic Counselor at your school of major. They will provide an email approval sent directly to Summer Session (summer-session@uci.edu) or a written approval which you will need to submit along with your Enrollment Form or Course Change Request Form to the Summer Session Office.
    • Graduate students must visit your Academic Counselor at your school of major. They will provide an email approval sent directly to Summer Session (summer-session@uci.edu) or a written approval which you will to submit along with your Enrollment Form or Course Change Request Form to the Summer Session Office.
  • All others by the Assistant Dean of Summer Session. Please submit a written request along with the Enrollment Form to the Summer Session office for review. Please be aware that submitting a written request does not guarantee approval by the Assistant Dean of Summer Session. If approved, you will be notified by email and enrolled in your courses.

Contact the Summer Session Office at (949) 824-6494 or summer-session@uci.edu for additional information.