Undergrad STAR Early College Track

Program Curriculum Model

Program Curriculum Model


Early College Track provides a comprehensive curriculum to help high school students build academic communication skills with intensive English training, engage in accelerated learning through Academic Enrichment, and gain a successful college preparatory transition and experience.

All students are expected to complete a minimum of one year of English training in the Early College Track. Students who have completed grade 10 are expected to take a higher proportion of Academic Enrichment and College Preparation courses due to a shorter time to graduation.

STAR does not offer conditional or guaranteed admission to UCI or any other university. Any STAR program information should be referred to our official website.

Program Course Offerings

English Training

  • Academic English Grammar & Writing
  • Academic English Speaking & Listening / Presentation Skills
  • Academic English Reading & Vocabulary
  • Advanced Conversation

Academic Enrichment

  • English Literature
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • U.S. History & Government Institutions
  • Electives (e.g., Business, Computer Science)

College Preparatory

  • UCI Undergraduate Major / General Education Courses
  • Community Engagement and Project-based Learning
  • Undergraduate Application Assistance and College Planning
  • Research & Citation
  • Undergraduate Preparation Seminar
  • TOEFL/IELTS Test Preparation


  1. The English Placement Test is required and is given only once to students at the beginning of the program.
  2. The average student course enrollment is four courses per quarter.
  3. Academic Enrichment coursework is offered in an accelerated format that equals one year of coursework per quarter course.
  4. Courses are given based on students’ academic performance, individualized study plan, and availability. Course equivalent substitutions will be recommended when courses become unavailable.

Sample Study Plan

Quarter 1: Fall

  • Academic English Grammar & Writing
  • Academic English Speaking & Listening
  • Undergraduate Preparation Seminar*
  • Math
  • Science

Quarter 2: Winter

  • Academic English Reading & Writing
  • Academic English Speaking & Presentation
  • Undergraduate Application Assistance & College Planning (UAACP)*
  • English
  • Social Studies

Quarter 3: Spring

  • Academic English Reading & Writing
  • Community Engagement and Project-based Learning
  • UCI Undergraduate Major / General Education*
  • U.S. History & Government Institution

*These courses have prerequisites that must be satisfied before enrolling.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be accepted into the Undergraduate STAR Early College Track, you, as an applicant, must provide the following documents:

  1. The completed Undergraduate STAR application with a non-refundable $200 application fee. The application fee must be paid within 7 days upon our office’s receipt of your application to be processed; otherwise, the application may automatically be canceled.
  2. Copies of your official academic transcripts from the last 3 years to meet the minimum GPA of 3.4 out of 4.0.
  3. Copy of your current passport page that shows your photo.
  4. Documentation for any educational gap prior to the intended start term of the Early College Track. An acceptable gap year is limited to one year.

Our program entry requirements and English exemption are not the same as any other programs at UCI.

UCI DCE reserves the right to deny acceptance to STAR. Applicants who are not accepted into STAR by UCI DCE will be notified in writing.

Approximate Cost $45,000 - $50,000*
Format UCI Campus
Duration 9 months

*Program Tuition

See Program Cost section for more information on tuition and total costs.

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