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Graduate Preparation Program (GPP)

Cost Estimation for Graduate Preparation Program (GPP)

Application Fee$200
Program Fee$27,500
Student Service Fee$150
Medical Insurance$2000
Books & Supplies$150 - $350

Housing Options

Housing Application Fee$200
International Village
  • Studio: variable rate per day
  • Single: variable rate per day
  • Double:
American Family Homestay
  • Cost per week: $0
  • Cost per day: $0

The information provided is designed to just give you an idea of the approximate costs of attending our programs. Actual amounts depend on several factors, such as arrival and departure dates, services requested, and others.

This is not an official invoice, it cannot be used as an official document for any payment related issue or procedure

Actual amounts will be provided on an official invoice after complete application materials have been received.

All prices are in U.S. Dollars (US$)

All courses, dates and fees are subject to change without notice

Graduate Preparation Program (GPP)

Graduate Preparation Program (GPP)

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Upcoming Dates


Fall 2020
17-Aug to 11-Jun, 2021


Fall 2021
9-Aug to 10-Jun, 2022


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40 weeks

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GPP prepares you for future graduate study. If you have completed your third year of undergraduate study, the programs allow you to complete your fourth and final year at UC Riverside. You may choose from a variety of disciplines, and take courses alongside UCR-matriculated students. You will gain UCR academic credits that count toward your home university undergraduate degrees. You will also have the opportunity to apply for Master's and Ph.D. programs at UCR.

Choose your:

  • Engineering (GPP-E)
    • Bioengineering
    • Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry (GPP-C)
  • Physics (GPP-P)
  • Math (GPP-M)
  • Statistics (GPP-S)
  • Botany (GPP-B)
  • Public Policy (GPP-PPL)

All programs include a 6-week Graduate Academic Skills Preparation Program to prepare you for entry into an American classroom. This course also includes GRE and GMAT preparation courses to help you with the graduate application process.

What You'll Learn

Program Objectives

  • Gain insight into industry best practices
  • Get hands-on experience in research labs (if applicable to the field)

Program Benefits

  • Earn a Bachelor's degree from your home university while taking courses at a top-ranked US University
  • Earn an Advanced Certificate that will make you eligible to apply for OPT and work in the US for one year
  • Increased chance of being admitted to a top US graduate program
  • Access to workshops and personalized advising to help prepare for graduate school admission
  • Immerse yourself in cultural and educational experiences

Who Can Attend

Admission Requirements

  • Must have three-year Bachelor's degree
  • Competitive GPA with a minimum 3.0. will help qualify candidates for admission
  • TOEFL score of 550 PBT (80iBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5

Immigration Information

  • This is a full-time program
  • You must obtain an F-1 (student) visa



Fall 2020
17-Aug to 11-Jun, 2021


Fall 2021
9-Aug to 10-Jun, 2022

Where to Stay

Recommended Housing

International Village (IV)

  • Conveniently located next to the UCR Extension Center, restaurants, banks, and the main UCR campus
  • Offers three types of living arrangements: studio, single, or double
  • Open year-round
  • For adult students (age 18 or older) only


  • Stay with an American family to practice English daily and learn about American life and customs
  • Fully-furnished room; double-occupancy
  • All meals and daily transportation (to/from school or school-related activities) included
  • Minimum age 14
  • No minimum stay

Experience California

Social & Cultural Activities

Make the most of your California experience!

Riverside has a friendly community and centralized location. Travel an hour in any direction to explore Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, and other famous destinations.

Fill your weekends with:

  • Unforgettable places, events, and cultural immersion activities
  • FREE social events to make professional connections
  • Optional trips at a special student rate

Before You Apply

You will be asked create an account and you will need to provide a valid email address, mailing address and other personal information.

Collect any required documents so that you are prepared to upload them.

Supporting Documents:

  • Agency/embassy/partner university information. (Only required if you have one.)
  • Copy of your passport photo page.
  • Statement of Financial Support Form. (Only if your program requires an F-1 (student) visa)
  • Financial statement from the Bank, in English. (Only if your program requires an F-1 (student) visa)
  • If you are applying as an F-1 transfer student from another U.S. institution, you must submit copies of your current I-20 form, I-94 form, and F-1 visa. If you are accepted, your acceptance letter will provide further instructions on completing your transfer.
  • If you are under 18 years old, have your parents complete the parental release form.

Note: Some programs require additional documentation.

“Enrich your life and transform your future by studying in the heart of Southern California. Employers all over the world recognize the University of California as the gold standard in academics. Experience YOUR California dream at sunny UCR - your place to shine.”


Associate Dean, International Education
UCR Extension Professional Studies

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