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International students who are non-native English speakers are typically required to provide evidence of their English abilities before they are admitted into a US college or university. «IELTS» provides a fair, accurate and reliable measure of language skills, and is trusted by organizations worldwide as a proof of English proficiency.

About Concordia University - Irvine, California

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a liberal arts university located in the beautiful Southern California city of Irvine with a long-standing history of welcoming and educating international students on its campus. All CUI professors and staff are dedicated to the academic success and social development of each and every student. American students and professors are eager to learn from international students as they share aspects of their own cultures by connecting with students in the cafeteria, classrooms, residence halls, and campus activities as they quickly become part of the CUI community.

Concordia University - Irvine, California

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Irvine, California
Private not-for-profit
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Why Concordia?

Fast Facts:

  • CUI undergraduate program is nationally recognized among universities in California because of its Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) Core program
  • Over 35 majors in the sciences, arts, business, and education
  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Best Regional Universities"
  • Recognized as the 17th fastest growing master's level university in the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Ranked by Money Magazine as one of "Money's Best Colleges" in delivering the "most value—that is, a great education, at an affordable price"
  • Wide variety of international education programs
  • Supportive family-like environment with one-on-one faculty mentoring
  • Orange County offers a dynamic business and academic research environment
  • Irvine is the safest city of its size in the U.S. and number one best city to live in (per FBI/OC Register)
  • Cultural opportunities on and off campus-conveniently close to Disneyland, Hollywood, beaches, and world-class shopping, museums, and cultural sites

Pathway Program

CUI's Pathway Program ensures international students succeed through courses to improve English language proficiency while offering academic and cultural support. This program creates a pathway to undergraduate admission for students who meet all Admissions Requirements for International Students, except for the English level requirement of TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6.5.

The Pathway Program accepts students as undergraduates providing 12 units of intensive English and 3 units of additional undergraduate courses for a period of one semester. Students will be eligible for full undergraduate admission without a TOEFL or IELTS score once they have successfully completed the CUI Pathway Program.

Pathway Requirements:

  • International students seeking admission through the Pathway Program are required to complete the normal undergraduate application process as well as participate in a selection interview. An international student is one who does not hold United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency.

  • Students must meet minimum entrance requirements of TOEFL 62 and/or IELTS 6.0 and have a 2.8 high school GPA. An SAT or ACT score may be used if students don't have TOEFL or IELTS scores.

However, students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies at CUI and do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for conditional admission. To request more information about CUI's Pathway Program, please complete the form at the top of the page.

Global Village

The Global Village is one of four Living-Learning Communities at Concordia. This community leads the campus in exploring what “global community” means and what it actually looks like in everyday life. In addition to recruiting local students who are passionate about travel, global issues, world cuisine, and building authentic cross-cultural friendships, the Global Village positions international students to play an important role in shaping the CUI campus experience with their cultural expertise and perspectives.

This student-led club that empowers CUI students to become active global citizens through learning celebration and service. Events provide a unique platform for students around the world to collaborate on meaningful goals and to celebrate their differences.


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