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Successful Stories of UCLA Extension students
Testimony from Elena M. - Spain | "ENGLISH CLASSES IN UCLA: AN EXPERIENCE THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET"
"Last week I finished my AIEP English class and I can say that studying english in Los Angeles has been one of the best experiences of my life. I remember the first day, when I was nervous because I didn’t know anybody and I had to speak in English by myself. Immediately, this feeling changed just when I finished my evaluation test and I went with the rest of the classmates to visit the campus. Everybody was in the same situation as me, all together had to do an effort to understand each other because we spoke different languages, so we only could speak in English between us.
It was fantastic, I will never forget this day. I didn’t stop to meet new people from different countries. It’s amazing when you can connect with people around the world. I had never imagined that I could speak in English; however I haven’t stopped since then.
I can’t forget about the teachers who have achieved that each classmate goes back home with a great memory about this english course. I’m very grateful. Moreover, I have to stand out the UCLA campus and its facilities which are awesome. It’s an incredible campus like a small city in Los Angeles with lots of people and a lot of things to do; there are shops, a fitness center, a swimming pool, restaurants and all the things that young people can need.
Sincerely, I recommend this english course for everybody who wants to learn English. Not only, the classes are fantastic, but also the UCLA campus life and the environment in Los Angeles California. It’s much more than a study trip; it’s a voyage where someone grows up personal and professionally. The result is worth it."
Testimony from Yasemin A. - Turkey | "UCLA EXTENSION, SIMPLY THE BEST DECISION I HAVE MADE FOR MY CAREER"
"I studied International Trade and Commerce at UCLA extension and now I am working in an international trading company in Los Angeles, CA.
The fact that all of the courses were very practical, rather than being only theoretical allowed me to do an internship in the USA, which helped me tremendously in finding a job here in always-sunny SoCal. This experience is not only about career, but also about finding yourself. No matter how old you are and where you are in your life, you experience another life here that takes you to the other side of the world. Meeting people from other countries, and making close friends is not something you can always explain to others, but it is something you should live. It feels like you grow more and more with each person you meet and share with. Seeing different cultures makes you realize how much there is to live and learn.
From my UCLA Extension experience, I now know my abilities and strengths much better than before. If you are dedicated to achieving your goals like I am, UCLA Extension is an essential tool in helping you attain them."
Testimony from Oriol B. - Spain | "I’d highlight the quality and experience of the professors"
"The overall experience at UCLA Extension was simply amazing. Starting from the point that you’re studying in one of the top ranked universities in the world, along with its beautiful campus, and the fact that it’s located in one of the most incredible and exciting cities on the planet, has really made enrolling at UCLA Extension one of the best decisions in my life.
I took the Certificate Program in Marketing. After studying Engineering in Spain and Sweden, I wanted to give a turn-around to my educational background and study something more creative like Marketing.
It’s great the way the Certificate Program is organized. It allowed me (without having studied Marketing before) to start it by taking some introductory classes, while ending it by taking very advanced classes in which I could bring on everything I learned on previous courses, along with my inner creativity and ideas.
I found especially useful the fact that an important part of every course was a big project presentation in front of the class. That doesn’t only allow foreign students (or non-native speakers) to brush up on their English skills faster, but it’s also a great way to improve your public speaking skills. Because let’s face it, speaking in public will probably be a constant situation in the professional world.
I’d highlight the quality and experience of the professors. They aren’t just Marketing instructors, but truly experienced professionals in the field (CEO, Presidents, Founders, etc…), which provides the student with great insights from real world cases in big corporations. I’d also like to point out how enthusiastic and helpful they were, fact that kept me engaged with each course from the very beginning.
Having classmates from all over the world it’s truly an amazing learning experience. In class, you learn to communicate and discuss very different topics with people with different points of view from yours. During group projects, the fact that most members are from different places with different backgrounds requires a lot of communication in order to reach the project goals. That really prepares the student for similar situations that can happen in the professional world. And not to mention the fact that now I have friends all over the world!"
Testimony from Mara M. - Brazil | "Teachers at ALC UCLA are fun and motivated! Plus, they have great english teaching skills"
"Teachers at ALC UCLA are fun and motivated! Plus, they have great english teaching skills, something that made my experience at UCLA very rewarding. Getting to know people from other countries definitely brought me a broader cultural understanding."
Testimony from Yukihiro Y. - Japan | "I learned enough English skills to compete with native Americans at college"
"Hi. whats up everybody. My experience at ALC was just awsome. How awesome was it? If you are an ALC student at UCLA, then you know that. I learned enough English skills to compete with native Americans at college. In other words, it means I learned English faster than Americans. hahaha. Well, still have some difficulties sometimes, but if I weren`t studying at UCLA, then it would be worse than now. So what I want to say is that not only was it just, it was also efficient. I Still keep in touch with some friends that I met when I was there. Isn`t that so great? If you are thinking to go to an ESL school, I recommend ALC UCLA. Go for it! there`s nothing impossible and will make your future bright."
Testimony from Jeanne M. - France | "Unforgettable experience at UCLA Extension Los Angeles!"
"Unforgettable experience at UCLA Extension Los Angeles! Good teachers, good location, and great friends!!!"
Testimony from Priscilla R. - Brazil | "My experience at UCLA was amazing, I've been studyng here for 7 months and I loved everthing"
"My experience at UCLA was amazing, I've been studyng here for 7 months and I loved everthing...the teachers, the place, the classes,the activies.....I learned a lot! This was the best experience of my life"
Testimony from Byung C. Y. - South Korea | "I was so impressed about the passion of the UCLA teachers, they really like to teach."
"I was really busy while studying here at UCLA this quarter. I was so impressed about the passion of the UCLA teachers, they really like to teach. I'll miss UCLA Extension!"
Testimony from Rafael B. - Venezuela | "The UCLA American Language Center has good teachers, great methods of teaching, and a convenient study schedule"
"This course has been recommended to me and now I recommend it to others, because the UCLA American Language Center has good teachers, great methods of teaching, and a convenient study schedule."
Testimony from Ana M. - Brasil | "Not only I had a huge improvement in my English, I also met people from different contries"
"My experience at the American Language Center of UCLA was great! Not only I had a huge improvement in my English, I also met people from different contries and made good friends"
Testimony from Stefania P. - Italia | "La mia esperienza presso la UCLA è stata straordinaria"
"La mia esperienza presso la UCLA è stata straordinaria. E' nato tutto per caso perchè, non essendo stata selezionata per l'exchange program offerto dalla mia università, ho deciso di organizzare il mio soggiorno-studio negli Sates in maniera autonoma. Dopo tante ricerche su internet, ho trovato il corso più appropriato al mio piano di studi Accounting, Finance e Controll offerto dalla UCLA per la summer school insieme ad un corso di inglese. Ho trascorso due mesi indimenticabili sia come esperienza universitaria in sè che come esperienza di vita: ho conosciuto persone che provenivano da ogni parte del mondo con una cultura completamente differente dalla mia e con cui ho condiviso grandi emozioni, ho avuto modo di girare la California e, allo stesso tempo, di studiare. Inoltre, ho imparato l'inglese. Complimenty a Vive Campus."
Testimony from Mauricio B. - Chile | "The networking that you can have in classes is amazing"
"I was working in Chile for 9 years, the first 2 years in a Non Profit Organization, and then 3 years like an Operational Risk Analyst and 4 in the marketing field for the same company. After all of these years, I was having the idea to expand my knowledge and study in another country. Thanks to a friend and Vive Campus, I found this certificate. I think the wide range of courses available in UCLA Extension is what I like the most. I just can say that was one of the best choices in my life. The Certificate of Marketing was so good, that actually helped me a lot to have new tools that actually I’m using now in my actual job position.
The networking that you can have in classes is amazing. You are always meeting new people in classes, talking with professors and making connections for future possibilities. In my case I was very lucky. I went to my Strategic Marketing class for the last presentation of the quarter, and I saw in the room a guy that I never seen before. We start talking and after a couples of minutes (we talked about my resume and my background in Chile), he said that he likes my experience and he has an opportunity to work for his company. After 3 days, I sent my resume and they called me immediately for an interview. After 2 months I started working like an Account Manager in LAN Airlines, and they sponsor me with the working visa. After one year, I got a promotion to start working like a Commercial and Sales Service Manager West Coast, and after another year they transfer me to Miami to be in the same position but now in charge of the LA, JFK, MEX and MIA offices. "
Testimony from Aimo W. - Germany | "To come to Los Angeles and study at UCLA Extension was probably one of the most important steps in my life. The time spend here and the program was essential for my career."
"To come to Los Angeles and study at UCLA Extension was probably one of the most important steps in my life. The time spend here and the program was essential for my career.
The Design Communication Program has a variety of classes including some more and some less applicable to your exact specification. However I feel like I can apply things learned from all different classes these days into my daily workflow.
One of the biggest reasons of me getting started in the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles was certainly the instructors and their importance in the industry. Most of them are extremely knowledgeable and are still inside the free market world and therefore up to date with what they are teaching.
The entire process of the two Years including all classes have formed and enriched my Design process. Especially your Creativity is being nurtured by all influences you experience, but if I would have to pin point one thing it is certainly the instructors which have made this something special since you learn from the industry best, it will help you to find a place inside that same industry almost with ease.
One of the reasons I signed up for the two year program was, besides the Certificate, the opportunity to work in the US for one year inside my field. I got hired right out of school from one of the best companies in my field and got to experience the best training possible from them. Thanks to that I have since then created a very successful career.
Instead of going back home I have been lucky enough to have found my partner for life in the time I spend in LA and actually stayed here. There are so many possibilities and so much to do here that I can't imagine a better start into the working world somewhere else other than here. I am now after almost 5 years in the industry an Art Director for KeyArt and all Print Media for Theatrical Entertainment at the Refinery Creative and have worked on projects for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox,Universal and many more."
UCLA Extension has four options for international students
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
The Pre-Master’s Preparation is suitable for students who plan to apply to graduate programs in the U.S. and/or have been accepted into a U.S. graduate program
- GMAT & GRE Preparation
- TOEFL & IELTS Preparation