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Admission Preparation Program (APP)

Cost Estimation for Admission Preparation Program (APP)

Application Fee$200
Program Fee$32,950
Student Service Fee$150
Medical Insurance$1750
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

Admission Preparation Program (APP)

Admission Preparation Program (APP)

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Upcoming Dates


Fall 2020
21-Sep to 11-Jun, 2021


Fall 2021
13-Sep to 10-Jun, 2022


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35 weeks

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The Admission Preparation Program (APP) prepares international high school students for academic success in an American university, with a supported transition into to their undergraduate degree program where they can earn college credit while acclimating to university life abroad.

APP students receive personalized advising, and participate in classes, seminars, and workshops that develop academic soft skills like intercultural and socio-emotional awareness and understanding; critical thinking and analysis; time management; and real-world problem solving. They will also refine key technical academic skills like analytical reading, academic writing, research, presentation, and academic English language to help them succeed in the American college classroom. Another benefit of APP is extended timelines for UC undergraduate admission application submission, and this year, a waived SAT UC admission requirement.

This year, students will participate in a hybrid program that combines online learning with in-person class sessions. Students gain up to 36 undergraduate credits prior to university admission, and they may even be able to start their first year as a sophomore vs. a freshman.

What You'll Learn

Program Objectives

  • Students will receive dedicated academic and acculturative advising.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the American college application process.
  • Students will have an extended UC application submission timeline.
  • Students will not have to submit SAT scores as part of their 2021 UC undergraduate admission application.
  • Students will be able to articulate and demonstrate intercultural and socio-emotional awareness and understanding.
  • Students will develop critical academic skills to ensure college course success.
  • Students will improve their academic English speaking and writing.
  • Students will participate in campus academic and student life experiences in both the online and face-to-face classroom settings.
  • Students will gain up to 36 undergraduate academic course credits.

Who Can Attend

  • High school graduate

Admission Requirements

  • Advanced English language required: TOEFL 530 PBT, 71 iBT (minimum 14 in each sub-score); IELTS 5.5; or the equivalent*
  • Must have completed the A-G course requirements and have a minimum GPA of 3.4 out of 4.0 (in select courses and as described at UCR Undergraduate Admissions)

*Do you need to improve your English skills first? Learn about our English language programs.

Immigration Information

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



Fall 2020
21-Sep to 11-Jun, 2021


Fall 2021
13-Sep 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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