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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2018-08-17T12:04:39+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Travel Logistics

Airline Ticket

After you have been accepted by your program and know the official dates, confirm with your program to determine if you should buy your airline tickets on your own or if they will be assisting you with this. Students concerned about financing their roundtrip airfare might want to consider STA Travel’s Airfare Deposit Program. Questions?  Ask STA Travel.

All Students:

  • A valid passport is required for all participants. If you do not currently have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the end of your program, apply for one immediately.
  • The name on your passport should be the same name that appears on your study abroad program information. Ideally, it should also be the same as your name on your UCI records. You should not officially change your name in the middle of applying for or participating in your study abroad program.

U.S. Citizens:

  • Routine processing for a U.S. passport can take up to 6 weeks. You may visit the UCI Passport Office web site for more information on obtaining a passport.

Non-U.S. Citizens:

  • Non-U.S. citizens must obtain a passport from the embassy of your country of citizenship.

U.S. Citizens:

  • If required, information on how to obtain a Student Visa for U.S. citizens should be provided to you by your study abroad program. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you need a visa, ask your study abroad program.

Non-U.S. Citizens:

  • Non-U.S. citizens should contact the consulate of your host country immediately to inquire as to the paperwork necessary to obtain a visa. Processing can take up to 6 months.

If any of your study abroad participation forms require your signature in the presence of a Notary Public, see: Notary Information (PDF).

If any of your study abroad forms or instructions require photos of you, you can obtain them at the UCI Passport Office or the following suggested places:  U.S. Post Office at UTC (appointment required), local drugstores like CVS or RiteAid, or Costco (membership required).

General Travel Tips

Access the Study Abroad Center Returnee List to connect with UCI students who have studied abroad, and international students studying at UCI, to ask them questions about your country/program.

We encourage you to think about your identity(ies) at home and how those might be perceived, challenged and/or strengthened while abroad. See our Diversity and Access page for details.

UCI Matters While Away

Do NOT enroll in any classes at UCI for any quarter you will be abroad. Note for UCEAP participants: Prior to the fee payment deadline our office will enroll you in place holder units (ex. EDU ABR 1B EAP COUNTRY) so that you maintain your fulltime student status at UCI. These units do not reflect the actual number of units you will take abroad. Final units and grades received while abroad on UCEAP will be posted to your UCI transcript within 90 days of your official program end date.

Do NOT pay registration fees to UCI for any quarter you will be abroad.

Do NOT leave any unpaid bills at UCI (library fines, lab fees, housing fees, USHIP Fee, etc). Check your Zot Account online before you go abroad to make sure you do not owe any money to UCI. Pay any outstanding fees to UCI, including USHIP if you do not typically waive out, before the fee payment deadline.

Do NOT apply to graduate for a term that is before the conclusion of your study abroad program.

DO enroll in classes for the quarter you plan to return to UCI from abroad. You will need to access the Schedule of Classes (SOC) and enroll in classes via the UCI web site. You can view the SOC and find out when your enrollment window opens beginning 7th week, and registration begins 8th week of the preceding quarter. See the Registrar’s Course Enrollment web page for more details. Look at the Calendar to see when your enrollment window opens.

DO pay your fees to UCI for the quarter you plan to return to UCI by the fee payment deadline.

HOUSING INFORMATION FOR CONTINUING UCI STUDENTS

This page contains both On-campus and Off-campus housing information for EAP and IOP students returning to UCI. The off-campus housing information is also useful for students who need to find someone to take their space in their UCI housing while they will be abroad.

On-Campus Housing

Information about on-campus housing – including descriptions, costs, and application procedures – can be found on the UCI Student Housing website.

NOTE: If a student has signed a contract for Arroyo Vista, Campus Village, Mesa Court, or Middle Earth and subsequently learns that he or she has been accepted for an EAP program, the student can cancel the contract without being subject to the contract cancellation fee as long as he or she has not yet moved in.  The student will need to show his/her EAP acceptance notification as proof. Students living in Vista del Campo, Vista del Campo Norte, Camino del Sol, or Puerta del Sol can sublease their room for the quarter they are away. Contact the housing office and ask to be put on their sublet list, and see the off-campus housing links below for additional ways to find someone to sublease.

2018-19 Academic Year: There are a limited number of on-campus housing spaces available for the current academic year. Call 949-824-6811 or e-mail housing@uci.edu for more information and application procedures.

Off-Campus Housing

  • California Housing Board. This housing board provides a forum for students to share information about housing for rent and housing situations wanted near UCI.
  • Uloop. Provides listings of UC Irvine off-campus housing options. Search for apartments and houses for rent, roommates, and sublets near UC Irvine.
  • Anteater Housing Network. An online housing and roommate finder that contains a number of listings for sublets and rooms in homes that do not require a 12 month commitment.
  • Housing Administrative Services also has some useful off-campus housing information on their web site, including contact information for Student Housing Advisors who are available to help you.
  • Facebook pages and groups designed for UCI students to post their housing requests: UCI Housing, UC Irvine Housing, Housing, and UCI Housing, Sublets, and Roommates.