Triton Edge Program

July 31-September 4 2016

Application Deadline: May 13, 2016

**DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 25, 2016**

Triton Edge is an all-inclusive, rigorous summer program for international freshmen that provides a pathway to advancing toward a degree while learning about UC San Diego and life in the USA in a safe, supportive environment.

Program participants will:

  • Take two UC classes (8 units total) that fulfill graduation requirements at a reduced cost
  • Gain critical and analytical writing skills to succeed in university writing classes
  • Interact with UC San Diego faculty, academic advisors and staff
  • Learn about American culture and history
  • Live on campus and meet new UC San Diego students

Triton Edge 2015

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Join the Webinar!

We will be hosting a "What is Triton Edge?" webinar on May 19th at 8am (PST)! The webinar will be given by Triton Edge staff. Please join us by clicking this link to register.

Program Benefits


  • Attend UC classes each week that will help you get a head start on your academic requirements at a reduced cost

  • Gain valuable writing experience to help you prepare for UCSD's College Writing Programs

  • Learn about teacher/student relations and communication in the U.S. college classroom

  • Get to know UCSD's academic support programs, student organizations, recreational programs, and other valuable student resources on campus

  • Get a head start with all of your necessary tasks before schools starts — get an ID card, set up an email account, tour campus, open a bank account

Social and Cultural

  • Connect and build friendships with domestic students as well as other new international students 

  • Build confidence in speaking English both in and outside the classroom by practicing communication on a daily basis

  • Live on campus in residence halls with other UCSD students

  • Get to know UCSD and the rest of San Diego by participating in weekly workshops and activities organized just for you by the International Students & Programs Office

  • Have the option to stay in on-campus housing after Triton Edge ends through Triton Edge Extended Stay (September 4-16)

Courses and Activities

Triton Edge includes a full schedule of classes and social activities for its participants. Each is carefully designed to both help students get acquainted with the academic expectations for success at UCSD, as well as to become familiar with U.S. cultural norms and practices to ensure a smooth transition into college life.

All Triton Edge students will participate in the following:

  • EDS 21S - Writing and Learning (4 units): This course will introduce students to the teaching conventions and learning expectations of American universities. Students will use writing as a means of academic inquiry to explore the culture of higher education in the U.S., and will gain practice with appropriate style, structure and mechanics.

  • ONE elective courses (4 units): You will choose one course from the Recommended Courses List (available to students once accepted to the Triton Edge Program) compiled by the Council of Academic Deans from all six colleges. These courses have few or no prerequisites. It is highly recommended that students choose a course that will satisfy college general education requirements (GEs). Triton Edge is a rigorous and fast-paced program, therefore students cannot enroll in more or less than 8 units and it is a requirement that students choose a class from the Recommended Courses List.

SAMPLE Weekly Schedule*








7:00-8:00 breakfast

7:00-8:00 breakfast

7:00-8:00 breakfast

7:00-8:00 breakfast

7:00-8:00 breakfast




CSE 5A - Lecture




CSE 5A - Lecture




Ropes Challenge Course





All day Activity

San Diego City Tour

Free Day/Study Day






Writing Center Mentor Hours


Writing Center Mentor Hours










CSE 5A - Lab




Meet with Mentor Group



CSE 5A - Lab



Meet with Mentor Group


EDS21S Office Hours


EDS21S Office Hours


Triton Edge Campus Culture Evening

(with dinner)









7:30 -> free

RA Activity

Free evening

7:30 -> free

RA Activity

Free evening


Movie Night

*This is only a sample weekly schedule. Activites and times may vary.

Campus Living

  • During Triton Edge, all participating students will live on campus at Warren College (July 31-September 4)
  • Housing includes meals 3 meals a day in the nearby dining hall
  • Students will live in suites made up of double rooms and triple rooms, along with a shared bathroom and common living space. Room assignments will be made prior to your arrival at the university, and those sharing a room will have same-gender room assignments. 
  • Rooms will be furnished with a bed, desk, study chair, bookcase, closet, and small drawer unit. Sheets and towels will also be provided for the first week only.
  • Laundry facilities are available on site and are operated by Triton Cash. Triton Cash is credit that can be loaded onto students' campus ID cards. Triton Edge participants will receive their ID card during the first week of the program.

Triton Edge Extended Stay (Optional)

  • After classes/finals end on September 3, students have the option to continue living on campus at Warren College for an additional cost through Triton Edge Extended Stay*. The Extended Stay contract runs from September 4-September 9. On September 9, Extended Stay students will move into their permanent housing, and optional programming will continue up to September 16.
  • Programs and activities will be available throughout these two weeks for Triton Edge students who wish to remain on campus
  • Campus restaurants and select markets will be open during this time for meals
  • Information and applications for Extended Stay will be sent directly to students via email during the Triton Edge program (mid-August)

*See "Expenses" section below for Triton Edge Extended Stay cost information

Eligibility and Requirements

Triton Edge is a fast-paced and intensive program that requires students to be fully committed to all aspects of the coursework and social activities involved.

Admission to Triton Edge is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there is limited space on the program. We are looking for applications that reflect the following:

  • Highly-motivated, degree-seeking international freshmen who are eager to get a head start on college life at UCSD
  • Mature and responsible individuals who will act as ambassadors from their home country and for future Triton Edge programs


2016 Triton Edge Costs (July 31-September 4)

Tuition: $2340.48* ($272 per UC unit)

Housing: $1,623**

Total: $3,963.48

Fees include the following:

  • 8 units of UC courses
  • On-campus housing and meals each day for five weeks (July 31-September 4)
  • Visa document processing fees
  • Transportation to all off-campus activities
  • Admission fees for any mandatory on- and off-campus activities

The following is NOT covered by fees:

  • Flight tickets
  • Health insurance (students will be billed for Early Start UC SHIP Insurance to their student account)
  • Any admission charges for optional activities
  • Incidental costs/spending money
  • Extended Stay housing costs (September 4-September 16)

*Subject to updates based on 2016-2017 Academic Year. Tuition fees will show up in your student account in June. The e-bill (to make payment) will be available starting in July.

** Subject to updates based on 2016-2017 Academic Year. Housing payment information will be sent to Triton Edge participants by email after housing application is submitted.

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2016 Triton Edge Extended Stay Costs (September 4-September 16) - OPTIONAL


Housing: $232*

Fees include the following:

  • On-campus housing each day for two weeks 
  • Transportation to all off-campus optional activities

The following is NOT covered by fees:

  • Any admission charges for optional activities
  • Incidental costs/spending money

Apply for Triton Edge 2016

Log in with your Single Sign-on credential to begin the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any incoming UC San Diego degree-seeking international freshman can apply.

What are the program dates?

Triton Edge begins July 31 and ends on September 4. Students have the option to stay in on-campus housing between September 4-September 16 (called Triton Edge Extended Stay), but it is not required. Programming and activities will be provided during Triton Edge Extended Stay, but there are no classes then.

I have submitted an application for Triton Edge. Does this mean I have automatically been accepted?

No. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission model and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Triton Edge team members will review every application and will send acceptance or denial e-mails within two weeks from the date the application was submitted. Triton Edge team members will be looking for application completion, expressed interest in the program through the short answer responses, and expressed need for a cultural transition program. Do not register for Summer Session or Summer Housing until you have received an acceptance e-mail.

Once all spaces on Triton Edge are filled, the application will be taken down. Once this happens, you may email to request a place on a waitlist.

How many students will be selected to participate?

We expect to have roughly 90 students from all over the world partcipate in the 2015 Triton Edge program.

When can I request my I-20/DS-2019?

Triton Edge students can apply for their I-20/DS-2019 using the iPortal only AFTER they have been accepted for the Triton Edge program and have successfully registered for their classes.

What if I already applied for my I-20/DS-2019 (before applying for Triton Edge) and now need an early-start I-20/DS-2019?

If you applied for your I-20/DS-2019 before you applied for Triton Edge, and you now need an early-start document, please email so that we can issue a new document for you. You DO NOT need to apply for another I-20/DS-2019 through the iPortal. 

Where and when do I pay my Triton Edge tuition fees?

Tuition fees will show up in your student account (Tritonlink) in late June. The e-bill (used to make payment) will be available starting early July.

When can I buy my plane ticket to the U.S.?

Students MUST NOT purchase plane tickets unless they have been accepted for Triton Edge AND have successfully registered for their Triton Edge classes.

How early can I arrive in the U.S.?

Triton Edge students will be able to enter the United States 30 days before the Triton Edge begins on July 31, 2016. This means students can arrive as early as July 1, 2016.

When can I move into on-campus housing for Triton Edge?

The official move-in day for all Triton Edge students is Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Do I have to live in on-campus housing?

It is highly encouraged that students live in on-campus housing. The Triton Edge is designed to help participants gain a full understanding of college life at UC San Diego, and programs will be provided in the dorms for you. Those who live off campus will not be able to participate in these residence life programs.

Can I have family or friends stay with me in the on-campus dorms?

No. On-campus accommodation is for registered UCSD students. There are other on-campus housing options for family and friends to stay through Guest Housing.

Will there be a program for my family if they choose to accompany me?

Yes! There will be a half day program for your family. They can email or call (858) 534-7273 for more information.

Will I be required to participate in all Triton Edge activities?

In order to benefit from the program, Triton Edge participants are expected to take part in allmandatory activities throughout the program.

Can I join the Triton Edge late or skip any parts of the program?

No. Participants are required to take part in the entire 5-week program. Because of the intensive nature of the program and the amount of information covered each day, students cannot join the program late or skip any parts of the program except in the case of an emergency.

Is Triton Edge Extended Stay mandatory?

No. Students do not have to stay on campus after classes/finals end on September 3. If you do plan on traveling internationally after the program ends, please be sure to consult the Travel & Re-Entry information on the International Students & Programs Office website. 

Do I have to take both classes while on Triton Edge?

Yes, in order to be a participant on Triton Edge, you must be enrolled in both EDS 21S - Writing and Learning, as well as one of the four elective classes offered for the program (8 units total). This is considered full time enrollment. Failure to stay enrolled full time in 8 units without prior approval from the International Center will result in your F-1 status being terminated.

Can I take more than two classes (8 units)?

Summer classes are very rigorous. They are 10-week-quarter classes condensed into 5 weeks. Therefore, student’s participating in the Triton Edge program may not take any more than 8 units.

I don't like the elective class options that you are offering. Can I choose a different class from the Summer Session catalog?

No. Triton Edge students must enroll in one of the elective class options given. They were carefully chosen as options because they all meet elective requirements for all six colleges, do not require pre-requisite courses, and do not conflict with the Writing and Learning class or other Triton Edge activities.

Do I need early-start health insurance?

Yes. Students need to have health insurance coverage beginning July 31. Triton Edge participants have two options for insurance coverage: either enroll in UC SHIP Early Start, or obtain your own health insurance (however, you must have a waiver approved by Student Health Services if you decide to take out your own insurance). Further details regarding health insurance will be sent via email to all of those accepted onto Triton Edge.

Do I need to have all of my admissions requirements met BEFORE I apply for Triton Edge?

No, you do not need to have met all of these requirements before you apply for Triton Edge, but you MUST have them completed by the deadlines stated for each requirement (transcripts, immunizations, etc.) Check your MyApplication account and ensure you follow all instructions to complete this by the stated deadlines.

When can I move into my permanent housing after Triton Edge?

Triton Edge students are eligible to move into their permanent, year-long housing on September 9, the day your optional Extended Stay housing contract ends. 

Do you provide luggage storage for those who want to leave UCSD and travel after Triton Edge ends on September 5?

No, UC San Diego is not able to provide luggage storage for students who are not living on campus. 

Do I have to attend International Student Orientation on September 17 if I have already done Triton Edge?

Yes, Triton Edge students are required to attend International Student Orientation as orientation assistants. Since all of the material covered that day will be covered during Triton Edge already, Triton Edge students will help new international students at orientation.

Where can I find more information about Triton Edge?

We will be hosting a "What is Triton Edge?" webinar on April 7th at 8am (PST)! The webinar will be given by Triton Edge staff and former student participants. Please register for the webinar here!

Program Contacts

Triton Edge questions should be directed to:


Phone: (858) 534-3730