New International Freshmen



2. Complete the "ANTEATER ZOT START" tasks. You must do this BEFORE you can sign up for summer orientation and placement testing exams. Students have access to ZotStart beginning Thursday, May 4th.

3.  Register to take UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT EXAMS. Go here to find out which exam(s) you must take. Then, go to the UCI Testing Center website to register for the exam(s).  All exams must be taken and scores received prior to attending summer orientation.

4.  Register to take the compulsory ACADEMIC ENGLISH placement 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 prior to attending summer orientation

5.  Register for the COMPULSORY ORIENTATION at UC Irvine when your registration window opens.  You will receive an email with instructions on Wednesday, May 17th.

  • International students who attended high school IN the United States
    • You must attend the regular freshmen orientation. For more info, go to the Orientation website.
  • International students who attended high school OUTSIDE of the United States
    • You must attend ISO (International Student Orientation). For more info, go to the Orientation website.

6.  If you are attending ISO, watch the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WEBINAR. Students who are attending SPOP do NOT need to watch this webinar.

  • After viewing the orientation, complete this short quiz.  ICS Student Affairs will email you with further instructions after your quiz results have been processed.

7. Visit the MESSAGE CENTER at your MyAdmission homepage. The Admissions Office will send you a message about any missing documents/transcripts, or if a hold has been placed on your record.

8. Contact the STUDENT HOUSING office if you are interested in living on campus

Detailed information regarding the items above were sent to you in separate emails from each of the respective departments.  Please be sure to read each email and follow their instructions carefully.


1. Register to take the ICS 31/CSE 41 CREDIT-BY-EXAM (Intro to Programming).  Deadline to take the exam is June 23rd.  Go here to sign up and learn more.

2. Learn about YOUR MAJOR and course requirements by using the UCI General Catalogue.

3. Purchase a LAPTOP if you do not already own one. ICS students are required to own a personal laptop for coursework.