- Academic English Programs
- Communication English Programs
- Best for TOEFL Preparation
UCLA Extension also offers the following programs for international students:
Enroll in a full time undergraduate program of study at UCLA and UCLA Extension
Earn transferable university credits
Study side-by-side with American students
Experience life at a top-ranked U.S. university
Live in the exciting city of Los Angeles
Enjoy sunny Southern California and a variety sports and recreation
Gain international experience which helps when applying for other academic programs and jobs
Study Abroad at UCLA is designed for international undergraduate students who are enrolled in degree programs in their home university and who wish to study at UCLA in order to earn and transfer academic credit toward their degree programs. Study Abroad at UCLA allows qualified international students from all over the world to enroll through UCLA Extension in regularly scheduled UCLA and UCLA Extension courses for academic credit during fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students are welcome to combine enrollment in Study Abroad with enrollment in UCLA Summer Sessions, e.g., spring and summer and/or summer fall. Students wishing to enroll in UCLA courses during the months of July, August, and September should enroll directly with UCLA Summer Sessions.
Enrollment in UCLA courses is limited to undergraduate courses in the College of Letters and Sciences in the following fields of study:
- The Humanities
- Life Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Social Sciences
Enrollment is on a space-available basis, and you will need to meet course prerequisites and have to consent of the course instructor to enroll.
In addition, UCLA Extension offers courses in a wide variety of fields which are transferable for credit and recognized by UCLA. Fields of study include:
- Business and management
- Entertainment Studies
- and many more
UCLA and UCLA Extension operated on the quarter system with academic sessions that are 12 weeks in length
Fall quarter begins in late September and ends in mid-December; Winter quarter begins in early January and ends in mid-March, and Spring quarter begins in late March and ends in mid-June. Summer quarter begins in late June and ends in mid-September.
If you want to enroll in fall, winter, or spring UCLA courses, you must select undergraduate courses offered by the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences. The College offers a wide variety of courses in the Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. For a complete list of fields of study, visit college.ucla.edu
UCLA undergraduate courses are typical American university courses taught by UCLA professors; most courses tend to be theoretical. Undergraduate students apply one year in advance through a competitive process to enter UCLA. We refer to them as matriculated students because they have been accepted into UCLA degree programs.
As a non-matriculated student, your status at UCLA will be different from that of matriculated students since you have not been admitted to a UCLA undergraduate degree program. Your status is that of a "visiting student," and you will not have the same rights and privileges as UCLA students. For example, you cannot pre-enroll in UCLA courses. Your enrollment is not guaranteed and will depend on special permission and on whether there is space available.
Enrollment restrictions apply to some courses and programs. You will not be able to enroll in any graduate level courses or courses offered by UCLA professional schools: The Anderson School of Management, School of Law, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Public Affairs, School of Public Health, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, or Nursing, School of Theatre, Film & Television. Also, since UCLA does not have an undergraduate school of business, the selection of UCLA undergraduate business courses is limited. Despite these limitations, many Study Abroad students are able to enroll successfully in UCLA courses that meet their needs.
UCLA Extension Courses
UCLA Extension offers a wide variety of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate courses. Since only your home university can make decisions regarding transfer credit, you will need permission from your university to enroll in some UCLA Extension courses. In many cases, you can enroll in and pay for UCLA Extension courses before you arrive in Los Angeles.
The majority of UCLA Extension instructors are working professionals who are experts in their fields. The courses they teach are directly related to what they do in their jobs. Those who enroll in UCLA Extension courses are usually working professionals and international students who already have one or more university degrees. UCLA Extension courses focus on practical application and provide professionals and students with the knowledge and skills they need for their careers.
This table provides information on UCLA, UCLA Extension, and UCLA Summer Sessions.
|/||UCLA Courses||UCLA Extension Courses||UCLA Summer Sessions|
|Quarter||Fall, Winter, Spring||Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer||Summer only|
|Enrollment||By permission and on space-available basis; UCLA students receive priority||Open to all who apply until courses are full||Space-available basis|
|Length of Instruction||10 weeks||12 weeks, with some exceptions||6 weeks; two 6-week sessions per summer|
|Full-time Study||At least 12 units, often three 4-unit courses||At least 12 units, often three 4-unit courses/td>||8 units per 6-week session, often two 4-unit courses|
|Hours of Instructions||Mainly daytime, 8am-6pm||Mainly evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm, or 7pm-10pm; weekend courses are available||Mainly daytime, 8am-6pm|
|Courses Available||Undergraduate courses in the College of Letters and Sciences. For more information, visit: college.ucla.edu||Accounting, Marketing, International Trade and Commerce, Project Management, Computer Science, Interior Design, Acting, Directing, Cinematography, Pre-medical and General Science Studies, and more||Business & Management, Cultural Studies, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Natural & Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and more. Visit: summer.ucla.edu|
|Demographics||UCLA Undergraduates, ages 18-22||American students, working professionals, and international students, ages 21-45||UCLA/UC undergraduates, international students, and students from U.S. universities, ages 18-30|
Academic work at UCLA is measured in units of credit. These measure the amount of time that a student has devoted to a particular subject.
- One unit of credit–Represents three hours of work per week during the quarter, including both class attendance and preparation
- Conversion (quarter to semester units)–Divide quarter units by 1.5
- Conversion (semester to quarter units)–Multiply semester units by 1.5
- European units–30 ECTS=22.5 quarter units
The decision to accept transfer credit from UCLA, UCLA Extension, or any other university rests with your home institution or the university to which you wish to transfer credit.
We recommend that you consult with your home university advisor or study abroad consultant to understand how these units of credit compare to those of universities in your country and to determine whether or not credit for specific courses at UCLA will be transferable.
Admission to Study Abroad does not constitute admission to UCLA or to any UCLA degree program. However, degree credit earned through Study Abroad at UCLA may apply toward UCLA bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees if you enter a degree program later.
Certificate and Transcripts
- After completion of Study Abroad at UCLA, students receive a UCLA Extension certificate.
- Official UCLA Extension transcripts are available at the end of each academic quarter. The transcript reports all UCLA and UCLA Extension courses, grades, and the academic credit earned for each course.
- UCLA Summer Session courses and grades are listed on a separate official UCLA transcript.
Please note the application deadlines below. Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Students are urged to apply as early as possible.
Students can start the program at any quarter. Students can enroll in 1, 2 or 3 quarters.
|Entry Quarter||Application Deadline|
|Fall (September-December)||June 1|
|Winter (January-March)||October 15|
|Spring (March-June)||February 1|
|Summer (June-September)||May 1(Extension classes only)|
The exact program and tuition fees for Study Abroad will depend on the kinds of courses you take. The estimated amount for program and tuition fees (not including living expenses) for Study Abroad is $10,250 per quarter. This estimate includes the Program Fee of $4,850, the Application Fee of $300, and an estimated $5,100 in course fees.
Please note that the actual amount a student spends on course fees will vary according to what kinds of courses they take. UCLA undergraduate courses, for example, are $373 per unit so 3 UCLA undergraduate courses (12 units) would be $4,476. However, UCLA graduate courses are more expensive ($424 per unit), and UCLA Extension courses are much less expensive (generally between $600 and $800 per course). So the student’s actual course fees may be somewhat higher or lower than our estimate, depending on which courses they take.
Other study options for international students are:
Intensive English Language Programs at the American Language Center of the University of California Los Angeles
More than 50 Certificate Programs for international students.
- Business and Management
- Entertainment industry
- ....and more