University-Based Program

Riverside, California,U.S.



Credit Program


  1. Mar 1, 2024
  2. Aug 1, 2024
  3. Nov 1, 2024
  4. Feb 1, 2024


  • Sept 23 – Dec 13, 2024
  • Jan 12 – Mar 21, 2025
  • Mar 24 – Jun 13, 2025
  • Jun 23 – Sept 13, 2025


2.5 GPA to apply


Spend one quarter semester to one academic year at University of California, Riverside (UCR) in USA, which is a member of the world’s most prestigious public university system. Students will take advantage of the unique opportunity to be a visiting UCR student, and will take select UCR courses, and academic courses to get in-depth knowledge in a variety subjects, while building important academic and career connections for the future. Joining a Southern California community where diversity equals vitality will support and empowerment your lift spirits and propel idea forward.


Dive into your study and life in US, especially in west coast of US, quickly by taking APA’s comprehensive pre-departure Orientation Program, including logistics set-up, dorm application, program orientation sessions, and meeting with the university officers online.

Experience stunning nature and authentic US culture in the ideal city of California where US cultural and natural wonders.

Students have a full course load of 12 credits, which are available in the engineering, business, sciences, humanities, and many other areas at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the daytime and evening.

University Introduction

  • University of California, Riverside (UCR) is a public institute that was founded in 1954. As a member of the world’s most prestigious public university system, UC Riverside utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar, and offers well-regarded undergraduate and graduate programs through three colleges and four professional schools.
  • UC Riverside has nearly 1,200-acre campus with more than 26,000 students and 1,100 faculty — among them two Nobel Prize winners and 15 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.
  • Riverside is in an ideal location for road trips, with Disneyland and Orange County within a 40-mile drive and Los Angeles about 60 miles away. Despite its setting in Southern California, UCR has a distinctly Scottish feel. All residence halls at the UC, Riverside are named for landmarks in Scotland, including Aberdeen-Inverness and Pentland Hills.
  • There are more than 300 student organizations to check out, including about 40 fraternities and sororities. Sports teams are supported by a kilt-clad bear named Scotty. Members of the student Pep Band don plaid berets and sashes as they play the “Brave Scots” fight song at sports matches, and students who play the bagpipes or drums can join the school’s Pipe Band as well.


– Students can take 12 credits every quarter. The value of each course is about 3 credits.

– Should students want additional units beyond the 12 credits, there is a fee of $350 per credit for additional classes.

– 10 contact hours = 1 credit.

– Course selections: List 1, List 2, and others


– UC Riverside offers multiple comfortable housing options, from studio to 2-bedroom apartment on -campus to all students. International students and U.S. students reside together which gives you plenty of opportunities for building global friendships.

– UC Riverside accommodations are designed for you to find a balance between privacy and social life that suits your own lifestyle. Living spaces within the accommodations are separated between individual rooms and common areas, with several facilities to share like mini kitchen, shower rooms, and toilets. Residents will also have access to a laundry room at all times of the day.

– All students residing in student accommodation are enrolled in UCR meal plan. There is a spacious cafeteria where health-conscious and delicious meals are served three times a day on weekdays.

APA recommends preparing your application as early as possible as UC Riverside programs close early and have little possibility to extend application deadline. In addition, the length of the visa application process can vary from several weeks to several months, so preparing you application earlier can give yourself more flexibility.


Fall 2024

Winter 2025

Spring 2025

Summer 2025

Application Deadline

Mar 1, 2024

Aug1, 2024

Nov 1, 2025

Feb 1, 2025

Semester Period

9/23/2024 – 2/13/2024

1/2/2025 – 3/21/2025

3/24/2025 – 6/13/2025

6/23/2025 – 9/13/2025


– Application Fee: $200 (non-refundable)

– Tuition Fee: $6,950 per quarter

– Student Service Fee: $275 per quarter

– Health Insurance: $780 per quarter

– Currently enrolled in a university/college

– Providing Copy of university transcripts

– Providing your Proof of English language proficiency (official results from TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent)

– English test requirement is waived for students who can show that they study in English at their home institution

– Bank statement, in English

– APA advisory support (program registration and Course registration advice)

– APA pre-departure orientation

– University orientation

– Tuition fee for 12 credits

– Official transcripts from host university

– Credit transfer assistance

– Housing (bedding) and internet

– Student health insurance


–   International airfare

–   Student visas

–   Books

*APA can book flights, process visas, and provide international travel insurance for students if needed.


APA offers scholarships to students studying abroad in the Asia-Pacific region. The APA TO YOU Scholarship is a need-based scholarship granted by APA each year to students on study abroad programs. Students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. APA prioritizes students who participate APA programs.



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