Academics & Course Enrollment

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Friday, April 16, 2021 to Friday, May 28, 2021

As a Transfer Edge student, you are empowered to get a head start academically by enrolling in 7–12 units to meet your individual educational goals. The program also facilitates access to transfer-specific courses that help you get the most out of your UC Santa Barbara experience, by providing information about campus resources, research opportunities, on-campus jobs, and more. 

Building Your Transfer Edge Curriculum

Dedicated Course: INT 186ED — Transfer Edge Seminar (1 unit)

All Transfer Edge students will participate in this required seminar, which will explore resources that support transfer students' successful transition to UC Santa Barbara and assist students in identifying the transferable skills they already have to navigate this new system. Students will engage in large and small group discussions and be active contributors to their own and their classmates' learning. 

Major Exploration Course: Complete one of three options 

As a Transfer Edge student, you are required to participate in one of the following Major Exploration courses, based on your declared major. These online courses are free of charge to Transfer Edge participants who complete the course successfully.  

  • INT W 120. Transferring to the Research University (2 units): This fully online course introduces incoming transfer students to the varying disciplines of study and research opportunities available at UCSB. The course delivers a series of videos featuring UCSB faculty detailing their specific discipline, and explaining how research is conducted within the discipline. Videos also include professional and personal information about faculty members' interest in the area of study. Transfer students will learn about their selected major (if previously determined) and have opportunities to consider additional majors/minors, and research interests.

  • INT W188C - Transfer Exploration Seminar in Communication (1 unit): Students who have declared Pre-Communication as a major learn about how this discipline is approached at UC Santa Barbara, get introduced to campus faculty and their research areas, and learn "insider information" about the department and its opportunities.

  • INT W188E - Transfer Exploration Seminar in Economics (1 unit): Students who have declared Pre-Economics/Pre-Economics & Accounting as a major learn about UC Santa Barbara’s approach to this varied discipline, and how to be a successful Econ major at a Research I university.

Academic Course(s): Customize your schedule*

To reach the 7 unit minimum to participate in Transfer Edge, students will select and enroll in 1–2 academic courses that fulfill major, General Education, or college requirements. Upon admission to the program, you will receive information about academic advising resources that can help to ensure that selected courses align with your educational goals. 

*Students are responsible for rounding out their schedule with academic courses, and should register for courses using GOLD. Students will automatically be enrolled in the Core Course and Major Exploration Course, within one week of admission to Transfer Edge, and will see these courses listed on their schedule in GOLD.