University of California, Irvine (UCI or UC Irvine), is one of the campuses of the public university, University of California. UCI is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and is even considered a Public Ivy. It is also ranked among the top 10 public research universities in the United States and is listed in Forbes “America’s Best Colleges”.
UCI offers university quality education online through UC Irvine Extension. Online programs available at UC Irvine Extension are in the fields of Business, Management and Legal Studies, Education, Engineering, Environment and Facilities, Life Sciences, Information Technology, and Sustainability Studies. There are more than 40 online courses available under these fields such as Investment Management, Personal Financial Planning, Social Media and Web 2.0, Paralegal, Project Management, GATE Programs, Embedded Systems Engineering, Facilities Management, Clinical Trials: Medical Device & Drug Development, IT Certification Training Programs, Search Engine Optimisation(SEO), Sustainable Energy and Resource Management, and Decision Making for Climate Change.
UCI also offers free online courses through their OpenCourseWare Initiative. UCI’s OpenCourseWare Initiative targets working adults who do not have the luxury of time or money, but have the desire to continue their education. Students of OpenCourseWare online courses have the option of enrolling in instructor-led, for-credit courses, later on.
Enrollment at UC Irvine Extension is very easy and can be done online anytime of the year. Note though that enrollment in online courses through UC Irvine Extension does not constitute admission to the University of California.
Financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of discounts, student loan programs, Veterans benefits, and Americorps Service Voucher.