University of California, Riverside Academic Program

Academic
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Among the Top 1% of universities worldwide, the University of California, Riverside is an influential leader of biological and agricultural research. Its 40 acres of botanical gardens in the foothills of the Box Spring Mountains provide you with a living classroom in which to research and better understand the natural world. Study here for academic excellence in a city close to the coast, the desert, and the mountains.

Richard R. Shrock, Tim D White, and Marigold Linton: illustrious alumni

State-of-the-art UCR Student Recreation Center has exercise classes and gym

Historical city of Riverside has 20-plus nationally registered sites

Share in the campus community spirit by joining a club or society

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Anthropology, Sociology & Gender, Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, Engineering, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
On-campus apartment
Visa Required:
Maybe
Credits:
12 units

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Yuri Ishizuka

After the lecture, there is a discussion class led by a TA (a graduate student), in which you reviews the themes of the lecture. Participating in this discussion really helped me study for the test.

University of California, Riverside SAF Alumni

University of California, Riverside

About the University

University of California, Riverside

Aside from being extraordinary in its diversity and transformative qualities, University of California, Riverside (UCR) has a stunning campus. Since its early days as an agricultural experiment station, it has grown into a leader of biological and agricultural research, influencing policies to improve the planet. Its 40 acres of botanical gardens in the foothills of the Box Spring Mountains are a living classroom in which to research and better understand the natural world.   

In the beautiful SoCal sunshine, UCR’s strives to “continually create something better,” which includes alternative fuel exploration as well as genetic experts fighting mosquito-carried disease.

Learn more at University of California, Riverside's official website

Academics

University of California, Riverside's Academic Approach

With your advanced understanding of English and strong scholastic aptitude, you elevate your learning and deepen your academic knowledge during your study abroad experience at UCR.

Immerse yourself in the University Credit Program at the 20 departments in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Here, you can build a prosperous future by learning critical study skills in transferable credit-bearing courses taught by instructors who bring real world experience into your classroom.

Courses

University of California schools, including UCR, participate in a course registration process called course crashing. You attend an assortment of classes for a certain amount of time, seeking to gain admission from the professor in courses you’re interested in to enroll in the class. 

For example, you may need to attend 10 courses in the first 10 days of classes to enroll in the 3 or4 courses you need full-time. This process is explained at orientation, and there are advisors available to guide you through it.

Course & Departmental Restrictions

The following courses are on a space-available basis with priority given to degree-seeking students:

  • Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Mineral Engineering
  • Petroleum and Gas Engineering

Some courses are only available through the UCR extension school. As a SAF Scholar, you may not enroll in these subjects through the regular UCR enrollment. Those subjects are:

  • Business (all types)
  • Economics
  • GIS
  • Engineering (all types)

 

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • DUOLINGO: 100

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Late September - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
16,105

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
35,435

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Late March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
26,300

Winter 2024 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Early January - Mid June
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
29,380

Winter 2023

Program dates:
Early January - Late March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
17,725

Spring 2023

Program dates:
Late September - Late March
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
17,725

Housing Information

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On-campus apartment

During your time at the University of California, Riverside, you live in an on-campus apartment, sharing a twin bedroom with your roommate. The kitchen is self-catered and the living space is shared to help nurture a community spirit. In your residence hall, you also have access to computer labs, academic support, and convenience stores, so you can focus on your studies.

About Riverside

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Why Riverside

With art, culture, and history gathered under the striking Box Spring Mountains, picturesque Riverside is a jewel that glints in the SoCal sunshine. It has a big Asian community and the big-city experience of Los Angeles on its doorstep. Riverside has an important role in the citrus industry with its blissful beach-life climate, which is also perfect for growing oranges.

Learn more about Riverside

The Student Experience

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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