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As the continuing education arm of the University of California, Irvine, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a transforming learning experience for students. UC Irvine Extension maintains over 35,000 enrollments each year and offers thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, corporate, regional and global constituencies. Most extension students already have college degrees and rely on course offerings to continually update their portfolio of skills and proficiencies. In addition, UC Irvine Extension administers UCI’s Distance Learning and Summer Session programs.

UC Irvine Extension annually offers over 4,000 university-level professional and personal enrichment courses, including 37 certificate programs and 13 specialized studies programs. For the convenience of working adults, most courses are held online, or evenings and weekends on the UC Irvine campus, the UCI Learning Center in Orange and the Westminster Mall. 

UC Irvine Extension also provides custom education and training programs at business sites worldwide. Extension instructors are highly qualified, UC Irvine-approved leading industry experts. The department is financially self-supported, deriving income primarily from course enrollment fees without state funds.

  • During fiscal year 2005/2006, UC Irvine Extension awarded 1,162 certificates in programs including Appraisal Studies, Business Analyst, Clinical Trials, Human Resources Management, Investor Relations, Medical Product Development, Personal Financial Planning, Project Management and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

  • Over 77 percent of UC Irvine Extension’s students have at least a college degree or higher. Additionally, 37 percent of students have graduate or post-graduate degrees. On average, students range in age from 25-64, with a median age of 35.  

  • UC Irvine Extension provides customized corporate training for large-scale companies and organizations such as Advanced Medical Optics, Beckman Coulter, Boeing, Conexant, County of Orange, Edwards Lifesciences, Northrop Grumman, Parker Aerospace, Southern California Edison, and more.

  • UC Irvine Extension administers and facilitates UC Irvine Summer Session, which offers hundreds of courses to over 11,000 students, accounting for over 25,000 enrollments.

  • UC Irvine is the first University of California campus – as well as the only West Coast university – to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium, a noteworthy milestone that signifies an important institutional and organizational priority.

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