You will register for courses towards the end of the quarter before. New incoming students are considered “New Transfer Student” for registration purposes. If you are staying at UCI for more than one quarter, you will be considered a “Continuing Student” after your first quarter.
You are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units (normally 3 courses) each quarter. This is both a requirement of your visa and UCEAP. Most students enroll in 12-16 units each quarter (3-4 courses). Students are not required to take classes in the school or department of their major. As long as a class in another department or school has no restrictions, they can take them.
Step 1: View and Select Courses
View the Schedule of Classes, select the term and department name then click on the “Display Web Results” button. You can write down the course code (first column on the left) for the classes you plan to enroll in.
Here are a few things to look out for as you explore classes:
- Class Type – “Type” (second column from the left) as some classes will have a lecture (“Lec”) and a discussion section (“Dis”) or a lab (“Lab”)
- Restrictions – “Rstr”(fourth column from the right) indicates if the class has required prerequisites** (code A) or are restricted to only students in that major (L) or school (N)
You may also access the UCI General Catalogue on-line for course descriptions. Remember not all courses in the catalogue are offered each quarter and some may not be offered at all.
If you need help selecting classes, contact the designated reciprocity Academic Counselor in your school. Please explain that you are a UCEAP Reciprocity student coming to UCI. These Academic Counselors will not be able to advise you on the equivalency of UCI courses to your home university, but they can provide assistance regarding details of courses offered here. You can also access the list Undergraduate Academic Counseling Offices.
The School of Humanities also offers Academic English courses for non-native English speakers interested in improving their English skills.
Step 2: Enroll in courses
You will be assigned an “Enrollment Window” – the date you can begin enrolling in classes. Use WebReg or StudentAccess to view your enrollment window (see the Quarterly Academic Calendar or the Important Dates section above to determine when your enrollment window will be available). Enrollment in your desired courses is not guaranteed; to increase your chances of enrolling in your desired course, we recommend that you enroll in classes as soon as your enrollment window opens. Please note, you need to activate your UCInetID BEFORE using WebReg of StudentAccess.
Review all course enrollment instructions carefully before attempting to enroll. This video on enrolling in classes and definitions of terms from the Registrar may also be helpful. The SOC also contains instructions on how to enroll in lecture and discussion sections.
Students arriving in Fall Quarter may receive information about summer academic advising sessions — you are NOT required to attend these due to your exchange student status. If you emailed about this, contact your department and explain that you are a UCEAP Reciprocity. Failure to correct this may result in a hold being placed on your record , whereby you will not be allowed to enroll in classes in subsequent quarters.
**Enrolling in Courses with Restrictions :
You may not be allowed to enroll in certain classes due to a restriction, such as a prerequisite requirement. However, you may be able to get approval to enroll from the department’s and/or professor. To determine if a course has a restriction, look in the Schedule of Classes (SOC) under the “Rstr” column and see if there is a restriction code. The key to the restriction codes is at the bottom of each page. You can also look in the UCI General Catalogue to find out the title and description of the prerequisite course for each course you wish to take.
If you can demonstrate that you have sufficient knowledge of the subject to take the class (e.g. you have taken similar classes at your home university), you should be able to add the class without having taken the specific prerequisite at UCI.
If you wish to add a class with a prerequisite that you believe you have fulfilled at your home university:
A. Email the Academic Counselor in the School that is offering the course. Some Academic Counselors can either waive prerequisites on your behalf, or determine if you meet the prerequisite and allow you access to the course. Please only contact ONE academic counselor at a time. Use the Template for Prerequisite Clearance Request when emailing them.
B. If you are not successful getting approval from an academic counselor, you can contact the professor of the course before you arrive. Search for the professor’s name in the UCI Directory to obtain their contact information and request their permission to add the course. They may ask about your background in the subject, so be prepared to e-mail/fax a transcript and/or course descriptions of previous courses you have taken. Please note, some professors are on vacation over the summer/winter holidays and/or are unavailable.
C. If you don’t hear from the professor before the quarter begins, you can wait until you arrive and talk to the professor in person. Bring relevant course descriptions and evidence of classes you have taken at your home university, as described above, so that the professor may evaluate your background in the subject.
MAJOR ONLY COURSES
Due to a lack of space in specific classes, some are restricted to “majors only”. If you are not admitted into the major at UCI, you most likely will not be allowed to take that class.
ENROLLING IN CLASSES THAT ARE FULL
- WAITLIST: You may be unable to enroll in a course because it has reached maximum capacity, but some departments may active a waitlist for specific courses to allow students the opportunity to request a seat in the class should space become available
- OPEN ENROLLMENT: During the second open enrollment period (see Quarterly Academic Calendar), you may still able able to add your courses.
- Upon Arrival at UCI: If you are still unable to get access, reach out to Alma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A few classes (ex: some Film Studies classes) may have additional fees associated with the class, as noted as code “C” in the “Rstr” column. These fees are NOT included in your UCEAP exchange and you are responsible for paying these fees yourself upon arrival to UCI. The fees will be billed to your ZotAccount.
If you have problems or questions about enrolling in courses, contact the UCEAP Reciprocity Advisor at UCI, Alma Reynal, at email@example.com