F-1 Student Visa and I-20 Form

Application Deadline: We recommend you apply as early as possible, so that you have enough time to apply for a visa, make travel and housing arrangements, and arrive in time for orientation. We have recommended application deadlines to help you plan ahead. It may take several weeks for you to receive your I-20.

English Language and Pathways to UCR Programs

  • We recommend you apply at least 60 days before the program start date.
  • Applications are accepted until the program is full.

Certificate, Diploma, and Master's Pathways

  • We recommend you apply 3-6 months before the program start date.
  • Enrollment is limited and programs fill quickly, so apply as early as possible to assure your placement in the classes you want.
  • Courses, dates, fees, and other expenses are subject to change without notice.

Payment of Program Fees

All program fees are due on or before the program start date. Review the payment methods information before you apply.

Payment Methods

  • UCR University Extension accepts cash, debit cards, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • If you are applying online, you should be prepared to pay with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
  • Credit card information is only accepted via fax, telephone, or surface mail.
  • If you are submitting your application via surface mail or fax, you may enter your credit card information on the form.
  • If you are downloading the application form, and completing the information on a computer to send as an email attachment, do not enter any credit card information on the form.
  • Classes may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met. In this case, all fees are refundable. For more information, review our Refund Policy.
  • Courses, dates, fees, and other expenses are subject to change without notice.

Health Insurance

You are required to purchase the UCR University Extension Student Injury and Sickness insurance plan, even if you have your own policy, for the duration of your studies.

  • Cost is currently $65 per week.
  • Coverage is mandatory for the duration of your program of study, and can be extended for the duration of Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be exempt, if they provide proof of insurance.
  • For more information, please email healthinsurance@ucx.ucr.edu.

When Your English Level is Not High Enough to Take a Postgraduate, Master's Pathway, APP, or UCP Program

If you are applying to a UCR University Extension program that requires advanced English, you should submit a TOEFL score when you apply for your program. Even though you may receive direct entry into a program with an official TOEFL score or equivalent, you will still be required to take an assessment test.

If you do not have the minimum English skills for your program of choice, you may join an English language program until you have sufficient English skills for an advanced program.

Refund Policy

Program Fees

Upon receipt of the following BEFORE the classes begin:

  • A written withdrawal request, and the original I-20 issued by UCR University Extension, if applicable = full tuition refund
  • Withdraw and request refund before the end of the first day of registration = 50% tuition refund
  • After the first day of registration = no refund
  • Classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment = full program fees refund


  • Program application fees and housing placement fees are non-refundable.
  • Refund requests take six to eight weeks to process.
  • There is a 10% processing fee for each refund request, regardless of the amount.
  • If UCR University Extension cancels your program, you receive a full refund and there is no processing fee.

International Village (IV) On-Campus Housing Fees

Review your contract. You may be eligible for a refund under the following conditions:

  • Contracts that are less than 9 months = 50% of the remaining contract term will be deducted from refund
  • Contracts that are 9 months or more = Calculated based on daily rate plus one month charge at the monthly rate


  • Regardless of your contract, an additional $75 administrative fee applies.
  • Balances less than $100 will not be refunded.

Attending UCR University Extension if You Are Under the Age of 18

Minimum Age Requirement for Admission to an On-Campus International Program: You must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of your program to be admitted to one of our on-campus (face-to-face) international programs. Special exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for students who are verified to be turning 18 in the first quarter of their program.

Attending UCR University Extension as an Undergraduate or Graduate Student

Admission to International Education Programs does not constitute admission to the University of California degree programs. Email Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Division for more information.