International Applicants

If you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the U.S., before you apply for admission to The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, there are several facts of which you need to be aware.

International students are responsible for their non-resident tuition and registration fees for the entire duration of their doctoral studies, whether paid by personal resources or by a support package provided by The Paul Merage School of Business. Currently, an estimated minimum of $44,951 (subject to yearly increases) per single foreign student is required for living and educational expenses for the nine-month academic year (three quarters). If applicable, add to that sum an additional $4,000 for a spouse, $3,000 for each child, and approximately $4,000 living expenses during the summer.  This amount includes the above-mentioned non-resident tuition and registration fees, both of which are expected to increase each year. Quarterly tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to the beginning of each academic quarter. Health insurance is available for dependents, and is strongly recommended; however, costs for that insurance are not included in the above estimated expenses. We also need to stress that it is extremely difficult to obtain work permits for off-campus employment due to visa restrictions, particularly with an F-1 visa. Spouses or dependents on non-immigrant status are very rarely permitted to accept employment of any type.

International students are encouraged to visit the UC Irvine International Center website for details and urge you to contact the International Center directly as they are experts on all matters related to student visas and to UC Irvine compliance of SEVIS immigration regulations. 

To the most qualified and competitive international students admitted to our doctoral program, The Paul Merage School of Business offers a five year financial support package. The support package usually provides the non-resident tuition, registration fees, stipends and a monthly salary associated with Research/ Teaching Assistantship employment. The Research/Teaching Assistantship requires an average of 20 hours of work per week. Offers of admission are highly competitive, and the number of these financial support packages offered each year depends on the available resources in The Paul Merage School of Business.



English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Student Admission (Policy)