Independent Programs

Study Options

If you cannot find what you are looking for on a UC program, you can also participate on an Independent Program.  Independent Program study options are offered by:

  • International education organizations based in the U.S. (Such as those listed in our short-list of Independent Programs below.)
  • Universities abroad (i.e. direct-enrollment at a foreign institution such as Fudan University, Waseda University, etc.)
  • Other U.S. colleges and universities (such as Orange Coast College, American University, etc.)
  • You want to study in a city or country not currently offered by UCEAP or Other UC programs.
  • Program details, such as dates, courses, cost, eligibility, etc., match your needs.
  • Program aligns well with your academic, personal or professional interests.
  • You missed the application deadline for UCEAP or Other UC programs.
  • You can receive credit and some financial aid. More information can be found here.

For students who require financial aid:
You must participate on a program from our Independent Program Shortlist.  These programs have been pre-approved as eligible for financial aid given that they meet the UCI Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements. UCI is unable to process financial aid for programs outside of this pre-approved shortlist.

For students who DO NOT require financial aid:
Use the Search Engines below to find a program that best fits your needs.  While financial aid is not available for any programs other than those on the above shortlist, you may still receive credit and fulfill degree requirements.  You will find out upon return from your program.  All program details, such as eligibility requirements, program length, and cost (and what the cost includes) vary by program.  If you have program-specific questions, contact the program provider directly.

We offer a variety of resources to help you Choose Your Program.  If you have any program-specific questions, contact your program provider directly. We also recommend that you connect with a past participant ask both pros and cons of the program and the services provided. Look for user reviews on sites like StudyAbroad101.com and check the Better Business Bureau for organizations operated in the U.S.  Important Note: If you are considering participating on an Independent Program in a country with a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4, please read our policy.

Still can’t decide? Visit us for assistance.

Click here for deadlines and how to apply.

Non-Study Options

If you are looking for a more hands-on experience, consider Independent Program non-study options such as internships, research, teaching, volunteering, or work abroad.  These are great résumé builders that you can take advantage of before or after you graduate UC Irvine.  Some programs provide compensation (e.g. room and board or a stipend) and/or offer assistance with securing housing, visas, etc.

  • You do not need to take courses for credit, fulfill degree requirements, and/or receive financial aid.
  • You would like a hands-on experience abroad (e.g. intern, research, teach, volunteer, work).
  • You would like to build your résumé.
  • You recently graduated from UC Irvine and are looking for a post-grad international experience.

Below are Search Engines and Highlighted Providers so you can find the program that best fits your needs.   All program details, such as eligibility requirements, program length, and cost (and what the cost includes) vary by program. If you have program-specific questions, contact the program provider directly.

SEARCH ENGINES

HIGHLIGHTED PROVIDERS

We offer a variety of resources to help you Choose Your Program.  If you have any program-specific questions, contact your program provider directly.  We also recommend that you connect with a past participant ask both pros and cons of the program and the services provided. Look for user reviews on sites like StudyAbroad101.com and check the Better Business Bureau for organizations operated in the U.S.  Important Note: If you are considering participating on an Independent Program in a country with a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4, please read our policy.

Still can’t decide? Visit us for assistance.  We offer walk-in advising during our office hours, no appointment is needed.

Click here for deadlines and how to apply.