Who should take this program?
If you would like a comprehensive overview of U.S. management practices and fundamental business skills, the Business Essentials program may be right for you. Designed to provide a comfortable learning environment for international participants with limited work experience, this program presents opportunities for you to compare and contrast business practices around the globe. If you stay for three quarters, you will be in class with American students during your second and/or third quarter. After three consecutive quarters of study in Business Essentials, you are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training.
- Develop business skills, knowledge, and abilities by learning American business fundamentals.
- Get broad exposure to multiple business disciplines including business operations, marketing, human resources, and communications.
- Participate in the American Workplace Experience, an experiential learning course. You will have the opportunity visit local businesses and learn directly from San Diego business professionals.
- Study alongside international and American students and build your network.
- Apply for OPT after three consecutive quarters of study.
Note: UC San Diego follows a quarter system. Each quarter consists of 10-12 weeks of full-time study. There are four quarters per year.
Business Essentials Program Overview
The Business Essentials first-quarter covers a range of business topics.
The curriculum consists of the following required courses:
- Introduction to Business
- Elements of Marketing
- Business Communication Skills
- Market Research Workshop
- The American Workplace Experience
Second-quarter courses build upon the foundation you develop in the first quarter of Business Essentials. The curriculum consists of the following required courses:
- Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants (FAFNA)
- Organizational Behavior
- Presentation Skills for Business Professionals
- Marketing Project with a local company
Third-quarter courses continue to enrich your understanding of business practices. The curriculum consists of the following required courses:
- Career Preparation Strategies
- 3-4 business course electives–students will have the opportunity to choose additional classes from a list of business elective courses as determined by the business department.
Note: Courses are subject to change without notice. Check out the Business Essentials course descriptions.
- Spring: March 25 - June 12
- Summer: June 17 - September 12 - CANCELED due to COVID-19
- Fall: September 22 - December 12
- Winter: January 3 - June 12
- Spring: March 25 - September 12
- Summer: June 17 - December 12 - CANCELED due to COVID-19
- Fall: September 22 - March 20, 2021
- Winter: January 3 - September 12
- Spring: March 25 - December 12
- Summer: June 17 - March 20, 2021 - CANCELED due to COVID-19
- Fall: September 22 - June 11, 2021
- Winter: January 5 - March 19
- Spring: March 24 - June 11
- Summer: June 17 - September 3
- Fall: September 16 - December 10
- Winter: January 5 - June 11
- Spring: March 24 - September 3
- Summer: June 17 - December 10
- Fall: September 16 - March 18, 2022
- Winter: January 5 - September 3
- Spring: March 24 - December 10
- Summer: June 17 - March 18, 2022
- Fall: September 16 - June 3, 2022
View a complete list of all program dates.
The minimum requirements to be accepted in the program are listed below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted will have a successful experience.
Language Proficiency Requirement
- TOEFL iBT: 75
- TOEIC: 735
- IELTS: 6.0
- Cambridge First Certificate (FCE): Pass
- PTE: 50
- ELI Core Level: 107*
Additional Admission Requirements
- University studies: one year preferred, but not required
- Letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor attesting to your experience and ability to excel in the relevant field. Must be signed and dated and on academic or company letterhead.
- Résumé or CV
- A one-page statement explaining your qualifications and motivation for taking the program
- All official academic transcripts in English indicating a strong academic record; include a grading key
- For prospective students who choose to attend English language classes at the UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI) in place of obtaining an official test score, we require a recommendation from their ELI instructor or advisor.
- A spoken language screening may be required.
- *Reach 107 or successfully complete 106 with B-average grades and recommendation from teachers
There are no final application deadlines to apply for these programs, but all programs close when they are full. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all seats available are taken by the most qualified applicants.
- Monday – Friday, occasional Saturdays
- Daytime and evening courses
- Schedule varies
Classes are held on the UC San Diego Extension campus in La Jolla or at the off-site University City Center near the campus. Access to a car or another source of reliable transportation is required for evening and off-site classes.
Cost (in U.S. dollars)
- Application Fee: $200 (nonrefundable)
- FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
- 2020/2021 One Quarter Tuition: $6,000
- 2020/2021 Two Quarter Tuition: $12,000
- 2020/2021 Three Quarter Tuition: $18,000
- International Student Service Fee: $380 per quarter
- UC San Diego Extension medical insurance: $585 (1 quarter)
- UC San Diego Extension medical insurance: $ 1,170 (2 quarters)
- UC San Diego Extension medical insurance: $1,800 (3 quarters)
- Books/Materials: Approximately $300-$800 per quarter (Payment for books and instructional materials CANNOT be made in advance. Books will be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)