You are invited to take part in the
Transfer Summer Start ProgramBuild a foundation for success before fall quarter begins!

Thank you to all the Transfer Summer Start students for a great 2013 program. Please check back in March 2014 for Summer 2014 program information.

As a student transferring into the University of California, Irvine, you are invited to take part in the Transfer Summer Start Program, an innovative opportunity that will provide you with a rich academic, social, and personal foundation as you embark on your new academic career at UCI.

Begin your transfer experience during the summer when the campus is more accessible and relaxed. You will be part of a smaller community of students transferring to UCI and will have an opportunity to become familiar with the academic rigor and social scene of UCI under ideal conditions of maximum opportunity and support.

Make the most of your years here as an upper classman by participating in the Program’s special workshops and sessions on various aspects of campus life: using the UCI library for research, getting to know your faculty, career planning, study abroad, getting involved, leadership development, public speaking and writing.

If you are not admitted to UCI for fall quarter you are still welcome to attend Summer Session, however this Transfer Summer Start program is intended for newly admitted UCI transfer students. If you have questions about regular UCI transfer admissions requirements, please visit UCI Admissions.

I enjoyed my Transfer Summer Start experience. I think the Program gave me a head start in a very short race. I would describe the program as a "transfer immersion" that illuminates a variety of pathways to ensure transfer students succeed and grow throughout their time at UCI. Vaughn B. 2012 Transfer Start Student

Read a special message from Sharon Salinger, Dean of Undergraduate Education

By the beginning of the fall quarter you will have already started on your UC Irvine course work and graduation requirements, become acquainted with the UCI campus, gained confidence in meeting and speaking with professors and become part of a close-knit group of transfer students. We welcome you to join us this summer!

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to assist UCI students in meeting the costs of attending Summer Session. Visit the Enroll tab of our website for more information on Financial Aid.

International Students

We are also happy to announce a special pathway within the Transfer Summer Start Program for International Students. Learn more about this special pathway throughout our website, and also within the chart below.

Transfer Summer Start is for all new students who will be entering UCI as transfers in fall 2013.
There are two pathways; see which of them is best for you.
Program Dates: August 4 - September 12, 2013

  Early Start Early Start International

Who is eligible?

All fall 2013 transfer students who have been accepted to UCI (including international students who  have been studying in California colleges).



If you need an F-1 visa to study at UC Irvine, your I-20 documentation will be processed by the UCI International Center. The start date of your I-20 can be changed to August 3rd once your Freshman Summer Start International Enrollment Form and payment are received and processed by our office. Follow the instructions given in your UCI Admissions correspondence. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary steps to obtain a visa with UC Irvine.

How many students will participate?

While this pathway is not limited, we estimate about 100 participants.

While this pathway is not limited, we estimate about 25 participants.

What courses will I take?

A 2-unit Transfer Summer Start Seminar (Social Sciences 89) and an elective.

This is a full load of courses in Summer Session.

A 2-unit Transfer Summer Start Seminar (Social Sciences 89)


One additional UCI credit course (most courses are 4-units)


A 2-unit Academic English Reading and Vocabulary course (optional, though highly recommended)

Where will I live?

It is recommended that students live with the program on campus in Arroyo Vista housing, but students may choose to commute.

It is recommended that students live with the program on campus in Arroyo Vista housing, but students may choose to commute.

What will it cost me?

Costs vary with number of units being taken and financial aid eligibility. To be eligible to apply for financial aid, you must plan to enroll in at least six units during the 2013 Summer Session. Note, some award packages require enrollment in more than six units.

Costs vary depending on the number of units taken.

What will I do when I’m not in class?

All students will participate in a range of exciting co-curricular activities as part of the required course, University Studies 89.  Residential students will also have house and community activities with other Transfer Summer Start students, their resident advisor, and Transfer Summer Start staff.

When do I enroll?

Program registration due July 15. 2012-13 FAFSA due June 30, though it is recommended that you complete your FAFSA by May 31, and MyAid due by May 31 to be considered for grant funding. If you’ve already filed a 2012-2013 FAFSA, you must make sure UCI is listed, school code = 001314.

Program registration due June 14.

When will I get advising and sign up for my Fall classes?

Each school holds summer advising sessions ( held in June or July) to help new transfer students prepare their fall schedules and enroll in classes. You will receive information by mail regarding how to enroll in one of your school's advising sessions. Some of these advising sessions will be held on the same day as Transfer Success (see below).

How does Transfer Success apply to me?

Transfer Success is an optional half-day UCI orientation program. The Transfer Success Program is different than the 6-week Transfer Summer Start Program. You must sign up and register for the Transfer Success Program separately: