New International Freshmen

To Complete by May 31:

1.  CompleteAnteater Zot Start”

Note: You must complete this tutorial BEFORE you can make a reservation for academic orientation.

2.  Sign Up For Your University Placement Exams Immediately

We need your placement exam scores in order to help you register for classes. Without this information, you may not have classes to enroll in.

  • Academic English Placement Exam
    • Register to take this compulsory exam if you received a letter from the Office of Academic English instructing you to do so. 
    • The Academic English placement exam must be taken and scores received before you attending summer orientation or have online advising.
    • This exam takes a few weeks to grade and it will be a long time before you receive your result.
  • Exams for Major
    • Go to the UCI Testing Office website to learn which exams you must take for your major. You can contact them to make arrangements for exams at a testing facility near you.
    • Take the exams before June 30, if possible.
    • We will need your exam results to determine what your Fall courses should be.
    • ICS 31 Credit by Exam (optional)

3. Sign Up For Compulsory Summer Orientation

Be prepared to sign up for the mandatory summer orientation when your registration window opens. During orientation, in addition to helping you select and register for your Fall quarter courses, you will learn more about ICS and the university as a whole.

  • International students who live IN the United States:
  • International students who live OUTSIDE of the United States:
    • Go to the Orientation website and submit an exception if unable to attend orientation in the summer.
      • Once we have processed your exception, you will be contacted to view an online orientation video and take a short quiz.
      • Please note that you have "advising hold" on your record. This will be removed once we have reviewed your quiz and you have successfully passed it (75% or better).
    • You must attend ISO (International Student Orientation). For more info and to register, go to the Orientation website.


Next, Review and Take Note:

4. Read the New Student Handbook

Get info about finances, academic info, student success, transportation, involvement opportunities, and more. This is the place to find everything you need to know

5. Check In With Your Admissions Counselor

Visit the Message Center at your UCI Applicant Portal homepage. You will be sent a message about any missing documents/transcripts or if they have placed a hold on your record.

  • July 1: Deadline to submit official transcripts to Admissions. 
  • July 15: Deadline to submit official test scores.
  • An admissions hold may prevent you from attending orientation.

6. ICS Laptop Recommendations

Purchase a laptop if you do not already own one. Our website has recommended laptop specs posted. Students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences will be required to own a personal laptop for coursework. 

7. UCI Welcome Week

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • International Student Orientation
      • Registration needed for this event.
      • Compulsory for all majors in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

8. Learn how to enroll in classes

  • Video
  • Use Antplanner to plan out your fall classes before you register.
  • WebReg only stays open for 10 minutes.
    • Have your schedule and course codes ready to go
    • Do not have more than 1 WebReg window open.
    • Do not use Chrome

9. Learn how to activate your ICS lab account.

  • Photo ID required.
  • Do this in the first week of classes at UC Irvine.

10. Review your academic information.


 Your Completed Tasks

by May 1:

1. Activate your UCInetID

  • Your UCInetID can be found on the top of your UCI Applicant Portal homepage
  • Action item: write down your UCInetID and password, and bring it with you to your summer orientation. You will need it to register for classes.

2. Submitted your campus housing application

  • Contact the UCI Student Housing office if you did not submit the housing application, but would like to see if housing is still available. 

3. Checked your “MyAid” file

  • Please make sure you check your “MyAid” file to verify the status of your application.
  • Register with your email spam checker / safe list to ensure that you successfully receive emails from the UCI Financial Aid Office.  This will ensure you don’t miss email notification regarding your financial aid deadlines and file status.