English Courses at the University of California Los Angeles

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT UCLA EXTENSION IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Study English at the American Language Center of the University of California Los Angeles in 2021 or 2022.

The American Language Center(ALC) of UCLA offers one of the best English as a second language programs (ESL) in Los Angeles, California. On this page, you will find information and a complete guide about: dates, prices, costs, a list of the programs available for international students and residents, how to apply, visas, reviews, comments, housing, and more.

The UCLA campus and the language school are located in Westwood, one of the best neighborhoods in L.A. Thousands of students take these programs every year looking to improve their English language level for academic, conversation, or professional purposes. Other students need to prepare for English exams like the TOEFL or IELTS to apply for an undergraduate or graduate program abroad. Intensive, part-time, on-campus, and online English classes available.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE CENTER OF UCLA EXTENSION

Learn English at the American Language Center of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), part of the prestigious California Universities.

Study at UCLA in Los Angeles, California

ONE OF THE BEST ENGLISH SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

UCLA Extension offers some of California's best English programs, including academic, intensive, and language and culture programs.

International student from the English Language Program at University of California Los Angeles

LEARN ENGLISH IN A FANTASTIC PLACE SUCH AS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles is one of California's best cities for international students because of its great weather, multicultural environment, and world-famous tourist spots.

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ENGLISH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

This institution is one of the most popular destinations for international students
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A WIDE VARIETY OF PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

At the University of California Los Angeles, you have the opportunity to choose from different programs, such as academic English, intensive English, and English and culture programs.

2

GREAT QUALITY OF ENGLISH PROGRAMS

The English Programs of UCLA Extension have some of the best standards of excellence in the U.S. so that you can be sure about the program's fantastic quality.

3

LEARN ENGLISH IN A PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the world-famous system of The University of California, and it's among some of the world's best institutions.

4

LEARN IN A DIVERSE AND MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

UCLA receives students from all over the world, so you can meet people, network, and make new friends from different countries.

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FEW STUDENTS PER CLASSROOM

Students at UCLA can benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention since there are around 18 students per classroom.

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EXPERIENCE THE WORLD-CLASS CAMPUS OF UCLA

Located in one of the safest and most attractive parts of Los Angeles, California, near Bel Air and Beverly Hills, UCLA has a beautiful, park-like campus and outstanding sports and recreation facilities.

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LEARN WITH GREAT TEACHERS AT THE ALC OF UCLA

Most American Language Center instructors have master's degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME STUDYING AT UCLA

At the University of California Los Angeles, you can participate in various fun cultural, sport, and social activities and events.

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LOTS OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR ENGLISH STUDENTS

For a small additional fee, you can take courses in fitness, dance, martial arts, tennis, swimming, etc. These classes are a great way to learn new skills and meet other UCLA students with similar interests.

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A GREAT EXPERIENCE IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Living in Los Angeles, studying at UCLA Extension, and experiencing American life will increase your English proficiency and cross-cultural awareness.

American Language Center of UCLA

Choosing the best intensive English program in Los Angeles, California involves many things: your educational goals, the quality and reputation of the institution you select, the availability of further educational opportunities and student support services, as well as important considerations about location, environment, and the range of recreational and cultural activities outside the classroom. It's important to think carefully about what is best for you.

The American Language Center is part of UCLA Extension, the continuing education division of the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA). The University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA) is one of the most famous and distinguished universities in the world, with outstanding academic, cultural, and recreational services available to ALC students. As part of UCLA's continuing education division, UCLA Extension strives to provide knowledge and connections for students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Since different people need different types of programs, the ALC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programs focusing on academic preparation and practical communication and special-purpose programs for groups.

The American Language Center of UCLA is located in Westwood Village, one of the safest and most attractive neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Westwood Village is the gateway to the beautiful UCLA campus, and you'll find restaurants, shops, and movie theaters within easy walking distance. The English language classes usually take place at UCLA Extension's Lindbrook Center, a beautifully designed building located in the heart of Westwood Village. The building offers modern, well-equipped classrooms, state-of-the-art language and computer labs, a large student lounge, and an outdoor patio overlooking the lively neighborhood.

UCLA diploma for English language courses

Certificate of Completion

A beautiful certificate is presented to participants upon completion of the program.

UCLA ID for international students of English language Program

Student ID card

At the beginning of the program, students will receive an ALC ID card. This card will permit you to use a variety of recreational facilities on the UCLA campus.

UCLA Health Insurance to international students

Health Insurance

Injury & Sickness Insurance is included in the American Language Center's student services fees. This insurance allows you to visit a UCLA hospital or clinic if you need medical attention while you are studying English.

Public Transportation to UCLA in Los Angeles

Transportation

UCLA and the surrounding communities have excellent buses, subways, and trains that provide convenient access to destinations throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

UCLA EXTENSION

The American Language Center of UCLA offers excellent English programs

The extension of the University of California Los Angeles offers full-time, part-time and, online programs
Full-Time Program

Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)

This program aims to improve their academic fluency and accuracy in English, including grammar, reading, and writing.

Full-Time Program

Intensive English Communication Program (IECP)

This program is for people who want to improve their everyday English and learn more about American Culture.

Full-Time & Part-Time Program

Other English Programs

These include part-time and online programs. Check all the programs available.

Most popular program

ACADEMIC INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM (AIEP)

The Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA is best suited for students who want to study in an American college or university or plan to learn English for personal or professional reasons, using a rigorous, academic approach. Best program for preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Main Features

  • Full-Time Program
  • 23 hours per week (Monday-Friday), plus free optional computer lab
  • 9 levels from beginner to advanced
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 10 weeks during winter, spring, and fall. Sessions of 12 or 6 weeks in summer. Each session is one level
  • Prepare to study at American colleges and universities
  • Best program for executives and professionals
  • Prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS tests
  • Earn UCLA transferable credit at the advanced levels
  • Elective classes
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, events, etc
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for the F-1 Student Visa

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 17 years old on the first day of classes. There is no maximum age. Those under 18 must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • International and US residents are welcome to apply.

More information about the Academic Intensive English Program

Teaching Approach

  • Equal emphasis on all skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar
  • Interactive classroom activities: pair work, group work, panel discussions, and communication games
  • Academic skills and "critical thinking" approach at the advanced levels
  • Multimedia and Internet-based lessons and community visits to reinforce classroom material

Curriculum

  • Core classes: grammar, reading, and writing at all levels
  • Elective courses: chosen by students at the high-intermediate and advanced levels according to their interests and goals
  • Students in level 106 or above may choose to take a UCLA or a UCLA Extension class for credit (additional fees apply).
  • State-of-the-art computer lab with access to the Internet and multimedia English-learning software.

Elective Classes

Students in level 104 may choose 1 elective course; students in levels 105 and above may choose 2 electives. Basic levels from 100 to 103 cannot take elective classes; in those hours, the students will have the class "Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation". All students from all levels will have the same number of classes. Specific course offerings are subject to change.

  • Accent Reduction Workshop
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Culture & Conversation Through Short Stories
  • Street Talk: Slang & Idioms in American Culture
  • TOEFL iBT or IELTS Preparation
  • Talk Shop: Current News, Events, & Other Issues
  • Business English
  • American Culture Through Films
  • Interactive Listening Workshop
  • Oral Fluency & Conversation Skills
  • Drama Workshop
  • Public Speaking
  • College Workshop
SCHEDULE: Most AIEP classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9 am until 12 pm and from 1 until 3 pm. However, exact class times may vary between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.

INTENSIVE ENGLISH COMMUNICATION PROGRAM (IECP)

The Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) at ALC UCLA Extension is designed for students who want to improve their English communication skills for personal purposes.

Main Features

  • Full-Time Program.
  • 20 hours per week (Monday-Thursday), plus free optional computer lab.
  • 3 levels from beginner-intermediate to advance. Students at the Basic Level may be reassigned to the Academic Intensive English Program.
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals.
  • IECP offers a monthly 4-week session, a 12-week program in the winter, spring, and fall quarters, and one 3-week session at the end of the summer.
  • Improve pronunciation, spoken grammar, and listening comprehension.
  • Elective classes.
  • Few students per class.
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, events, etc.
  • Extra-curricular activities.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Applies for the F-1 Student Visa.

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 18 years old on the first day of classes. There is no maximum age.
  • International and US residents are welcome to apply.

More information about the Intensive English Communication Program

Teaching Approach

  • Emphasis on listening & speaking skills.
  • Interactive classroom activities: pair work, group work, panel discussions, and communication games.
  • Class activities build vocabulary used in everyday situations, listening comprehension, fluency, and confidence in speaking English.
  • Multimedia and Internet-based lessons and short field trips to reinforce classroom material.

Curriculum

Morning: Learn integrated skills in a variety of topics. Students choose 2 courses from Academic, Business, and Culture and study each twice a week at their level.

Afternoon: Focused instruction and skills practice to improve spoken English. Students choose from 1 of 4 courses: Spoken Communication, Written Communication, Discover L.A., or Campus Explorer.

SCHEDULE: Most IECP classes are scheduled from Monday to Thursday from 9 am until 12 pm and from 1 until 3 pm. However, exact class times may vary between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.

OTHER ENGLISH PROGRAMS

The American Language Center of the University of California Los Angeles offers other English Language Programs for Internationals students.

AMERICAN CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION (ACC) - Part-Time Program

American Culture and Communication (ACC) is a part-time option of the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) that helps participants improve English skills while learning about American culture and life in Southern California.

ACC participants study English by selecting topics classes available at their English level, including Pop Culture Discussion, American TV, Media Studies, Grammar, Movies Class, Idioms & Slang, Business English, Marketing, and more. The ACC course allows participants to improve their English and learn more about American culture and life in Southern California. Participants attend morning classes only. Each morning has three 50-minute sessions. This course is for part-time study only and does not qualify for the F-1 student visa.

Program Features
  • Part-time program
  • 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM)
  • From high-intermediate to advanced
  • Sessions of 4 weeks
  • Numerous dates throughout the year
  • Few students per class
  • You can take this program with a tourist visa or ESTA permit
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date.
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply.
ONLINE ENGLISH PROGRAM

The American Language Center of UCLA is offering all English language programs and courses online. Participate in interactive lessons in a virtual classroom from the comfort of your home. You can take the AIEP, IECP, or ACC program online.

To accommodate the needs of students studying from all over the world, choose from two schedule options: Morning (9 am⁠–3 pm Los Angeles Time) or Evening (4⁠–10 pm Los Angeles Time).

Program Features
  • Small, interactive classes led by UCLA-quality instructors.
  • One-on-one tutoring and instructor office hours.
  • Academic and career advising.
  • Numerous dates throughout the year.
Requirements
  • Students must be 18 years old or older by the program start date.
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply.

Testimonies

Successful stories of international students from these English programs

  • Testimony of the English course at UCLA from Spain

    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 personally and professionally. The result is worth it.

    Elena M. Spain
  • Testimony of the English language program at UCLA from Brazil

    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 brought me a broader cultural understanding.

    Mara M. Brazil
  • Testimony of the American Language Center of UCLA from Venezuela

    This course has been recommended to me. Now I recommend it to others because the UCLA American Language Center has good teachers, great teaching methods, and a convenient study schedule.

    Rafael B. Venezuela
  • Testimony of the English course at UCLA from Spain

    I was really busy studying here at UCLA this quarter, in classes and outside of the classrooms. I was so impressed by the passion of the UCLA teachers; they really like to teach. I'll miss UCLA Extension!

    Byung C.South Korea

At the beginning of each English program, all students must take a placement test to determine the student's level in the specific program (from beginning to advanced English classes). Students can take more than one program.

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES ENGLISH PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study English at The University of California Los Angeles?

Price Tables:

  1. Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)
  2. Intensive English Communication Program (IECP)
  3. American Culture and Communications Program (ACC)
  4. Online English Programs

Table with costs and dates of the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) of UCLA 2021 - 2022

SessionDatesDurationProgram Fee
AIEP- Fall 2021Sep. 27 - Dec. 310 weeks$5,920
AIEP - Winter 2022Jan. 3 - Mar. 1110 weeks$5,920
AIEP - Spring 2022Mar. 28 - Jun. 310 weeks$5,920
AIEP A - Summer 2022Jun. 20 - Sep. 912 weeks$6,185
AIEP B - Summer 2022Jun. 20 - Jul. 296 weeks$3,600
AIEP C - Summer 2022Aug. 1 - Sep. 96 weeks$3,600
AIEP- Fall 2022Sep. 26 - Dec. 210 weeks$5,920
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the Academic English program at any season of the year. You can also start with an AIEP program and then take an IECP program or a Certificate Program with the same student visa.

For example, if you want to study for approximately 6 months, you can take the AIEP Spring and AIEP Summer sessions. You will not repeat the same course because each session will be on a different level.

Table with costs and dates of the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) of UCLA 2021 - 2022

SessionDatesDurationProgram Fee
IECP 12 - Fall 2021Sep. 27 - Dec. 1612 weeks$6,235
IECP A - Fall 2021Sep. 27 - Oct. 214 weeks$2,580
IECP B - Fall 2021Oct. 25 - Nov. 184 weeks$2,580
IECP C - Fall 2021Nov. 22 - Dec. 164 weeks$2,580
IECP 12 - Winter 2022Jan. 3 - Mar. 2412 weeks$6,235
IECP A - Winter 2022Jan. 3 - Jan. 274 weeks$2,580
IECP B - Winter 2022Jan. 31 - Feb. 244 weeks$2,580
IECP C - Winter 2022Feb. 28 - Mar. 244 weeks$2,580
IECP 12 - Spring 2022Mar. 28 - Jun. 1612 weeks$6,235
IECP A - Spring 2022Mar. 28 - Apr. 214 weeks$2,580
IECP B - Spring 2022Apr. 25 - May. 194 weeks$2,580
IECP C - Spring 2022May. 23 - Jun. 164 weeks$2,580
IECP 11 - Summer 2022Jun. 7 - Sep. 911 weeks$6,165
IECP A - Summer 2022Jun. 27- Jul. 214 weeks$2,580
IECP B - Summer 2022Jul. 25 - Aug. 184 weeks$2,580
IECP C - Summer 2022Aug. 22 - Sep. 93 weeks$2,010
IECP 12 - Fall 2022Sep. 26 - Dec. 1512 weeks$6,235
IECP A - Fall 2022Sep. 26 - Oct. 204 weeks$2,580
IECP B - Fall 2022Oct. 24 - Nov. 174 weeks$2,580
IECP C - Fall 2022Nov. 21- Dec. 154 weeks$2,580
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the Communication English program at any season of the year. You can also start with an IECP program, and then take an AIEP program or a Certificate Program with the same student visa.

For example, if you want to study for approximately 6 months, you can take the IECP 12 Spring and IECP 11 Summer sessions. You will not repeat the same course because each session will be on a different level.
You can also take the AIEP and IECP programs online from your country. Dates are the same as in-person classes. Please check Online English Programs costs here

Table with costs and dates of the American Culture and Communications Program (ACC) of UCLA 2021 - 2022

SessionDatesDurationProgram Fee
ACC A - Fall 2021Sep. 27 - Oct. 214 weeks$1,549
ACC B - Fall 2021Oct. 25 - Nov. 184 weeks$2,065
ACC C - Fall 2021Nov. 22 - Dec. 164 weeks$2,065
ACC A - Winter 2022Jan. 3 - Jan. 274 weeks$2,065
ACC B - Winter 2022Jan. 31 - Feb. 244 weeks$2,065
ACC C - Winter 2022Feb. 28 - Mar. 244 weeks$2,065
ACC A - Spring 2022Mar. 28 - Apr. 214 weeks$2,065
ACC B - Spring 2022Apr. 25 - May. 194 weeks$2,065
ACC C - Spring 2022May. 23 - Jun. 164 weeks$2,065
ACC A - Summer 2022Jun. 27- Jul. 214 weeks$2,065
ACC B - Summer 2022Jul. 25 - Aug. 184 weeks$2,065
ACC C - Summer 2022Aug. 22 - Sep. 93 weeks$1,549
ACC A - Fall 2022Sep. 26 - Oct. 204 weeks$2,065
ACC B - Fall 2022Oct. 24 - Nov. 174 weeks$2,065
ACC C - Fall 2022Nov. 21- Dec. 154 weeks$2,065

Table with costs of Online English Programs at UCLA 2021 - 2022

ProgramDurationProgram Fee
AIEP A10 weeks$5,520
AIEP 1212 weeks$5,705
AIEP B6 weeks$3,360
AIEP C6 weeks$3,360
IECP 1212 weeks$5,755
IECP 1111 weeks$5,725
IECP A,B,C4 weeks$2,420
IECP 33 weeks$1,890

What is included in the "Program Fee", and other costs to consider

Intensive English Programs (AIEP and IECP)

The following fees are included in the "Program Fee":

  • Tuition Fee
  • Injury and Sickness Insurance: allows students to visit a hospital or clinic if medical attention is needed due to an injury or sickness (Please note: Permanent U.S. residents of the United States will not be eligible for this insurance.)
  • Academic Advising: quarterly orientations regarding American universities, UCLA Extension certificate programs, and assistance with application procedures and forms.
  • Language/Computer Lab: up to eight hours of extra, after-school access to state-of-art language practice.
  • Housing Coordination: information is provided for finding a place to live (Please note: UCLA on-campus housing is available for intensive programs in the summer only.
  • Language Exchange Program: Opportunities to meet the Los Angeles local community members and UCLA for conversation practice.
  • UCLA Recreation Facilities: access to many UCLA's outstanding sports and recreational facilities such as Gyms, Swimming pools, libraries, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion: an outstanding certificate presented to participants upon completion of the program.
Health Insurance is included in the "Program Fee" for international students

Other costs to consider

  • Application fee: it is a USD$150 non-refundable fee paid upon your application.
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll in a full-time program in the USA need an F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the SEVIS Fee (US$350 approx) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 approx). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in Los Angeles: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider housing costs. Down below, you can read some of the options UCLA recommends for international students.
  • Books and supplies: Books and materials are not included in your tuition fees, and the cost will vary for each program.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Los Angeles, USA
  • Food: you should consider food costs when planning your budget, depending on where you eat.

Part-Time English Program (ACC)

The following fees are included in the "Program Fee":

  • Tuition Fee

Other costs to consider

  • Application fee: it is a USD$150 non-refundable fee paid upon your application.
  • Accommodation in Los Angeles: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider housing costs. Down below, you can read some of the options UCLA recommends for international students.
  • Health insurance: The ACC does not include Health Insurance; therefore, you should get your own insurance.
  • Books and supplies: Books and materials are not included in your tuition fees, and the cost will vary for each program.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Los Angeles, USA
  • Food: you should consider food costs when planning your budget, depending on where you eat.

Online English Programs (AIEP & IECP)

The following fees are included in the "Program Fee":

  • Tuition Fee

Other costs to consider

  • Students need a computer with an internet connection during the duration of the program
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.
*Permanent U.S. residents have a discount on in-person classes. The cost will be the same as online classes. Please check Online English Programs costs here

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HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to uclavivecampus.com

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the document.

Download Form and Instructions

2. Passport Copy

Clear Copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


3. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement showing that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program (amounts can be in US dollars or your local currency).

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees and an estimate of what you might spend in medical insurance, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

If a third party sponsors you, you must submit a sponsor statement or an Affidavit of Support or a Financial Guarantee if a government institution sponsors you.

Bank document must show at least the following amount per program:

  • Programs of 3 or 4 weeks: USD$4,555
  • Programs of 6 weeks: USD$6,650
  • Programs of 10 weeks: USD$10,688
  • Programs of 11 or 12 weeks: USD$12,202

4. Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $150 dollars paid to the UCLA Extension. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the representative's instructions.


Send your application documents

A representative needs to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to uclavivecampus.com

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school. Please contact us for more details. The application process is different

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted into the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20 required to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in at UCLA.
  • If the program you are applying for is a full-time program (18hrs/week or more), you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • If your program is 18hrs/week or less, you will have to travel to the U.S. as a tourist with a B1/B2 tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. As a tourist, you can only stay in the U.S. the time your tourist visa allows since your primary purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for an F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form.
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy.
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160).
  • Pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

Next, you need to make full payment of all remaining fees, which are due at registration and can be done by credit card, wire transfer, U.S. bank check, or cash on-site at UCLA. However, it would be best to do this with enough time in advance, as UCLA can't reserve your space before receiving full payment. You will receive more information regarding dates once you begin the application process.

5. Arrival to School

It would be best to arrive a week before the program start date to attend the orientation on the first day. In your admission letter, you can find more information about the orientation and the initial placement test. On the first day at school, you should bring your passport, F-1 student visa, I-20, and a bank statement.

Important: we suggest you apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN LOS ANGELES AND ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Clubs
  • Fitness and recreation center
  • On-campus events
  • Classes in different sports, art, etc.
  • Attend sport events

Students at UCLA can be part of a wide variety of different activities and events inside the campus. They can also join one of the more than 1,000 clubs and student organizations; participate in extracurricular activities such as fitness, dance, martial arts, tennis, and swimming; and use the incredible fitness and recreation facilities available for international students. These are all great ways of making new friends, meeting new people, network with other students, and put your English into practice.

International Students from UCLA Extension can use the excellent facilities that UCLA offers, plus they can enroll in several extra-curricular activities

Facilities

  • Los Angeles Tennis Center: 8 lighted tennis courts
  • Sunset Canyon Recreation Center: 25- and 50-meter pools with picnic/barbecue areas
  • John Wooden Recreation and Sports Center: fitness center, racquetball, basketball, and rock climbing
  • Marina Aquatic Center: located on the Pacific Ocean—for sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking

Extracurricular courses

For a small additional fee, you can take courses in fitness, dance, martial arts, tennis, soccer, surf, swimming, etc. These classes are great ways to learn new skills, relieve stress, and meet other UCLA students with similar interests. Most of these classes cost around $60 per quarter. More details about recreation activities at UCLA here: recreation.ucla.edu

Information about the city of Los Angeles, California

Westwood Village in Los Angeles is the "hometown" of UCLA, UCLA Extension, and the American Language Center of UCLA. It's also one of the safest and most comfortable places to live in Los Angeles. Westwood Village borders the UCLA campus and Bel Air, home to L.A.'s rich and famous and is only a short bus ride away from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the beach! Westwood is noted for its eight first-run movie theaters, where you can see movie premieres and movie stars under the bright lights. Westwood Village features a wide variety of shops, markets, live theater, museums, and a tremendous variety of food at all prices, including many types of fast food, cafés, Asian noodle shops, Middle Eastern specialties, French pastry, and elegant continental and California cuisine.

Mention L.A. and most people think of Hollywood films and movie stars. But did you know that L.A. has more museums than any other city in the United States? There are also dozens of live theaters with famous actors from films and T.V. shows. When it comes to music, you can find everything from classical to jazz, blues to hip-hop, and ethnic to underground, and venues range from the Hollywood Bowl to the L.A. Philharmonic to the House of Blues. Los Angeles is also one of the major fashion centers in the U.S. and the home of world-renowned architecture and design, where you can see the work of Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, and Frank Lloyd Wright. If you like to shop, you'll love nearby Beverly Hills, Century City, the Beverly Center, and Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade.

Some of the attractions you mustn't miss in LA are:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Griffith Park and its observatory
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Hollywood
  • The Getty Center
  • Santa Monica
  • The Natural History Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Other locations such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Venice Beach, Long Beach, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rodeo Drive, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Information about The University of California Los Angeles

UCLA Extension is a part of the UCLA Division of Continuing Education. UCLA Extension is said to be the largest single-campus continuing education program in the world.

Founded in 1919, UCLA is one of the top-ranked research universities in the U.S. and the world. With its College of Letters and Sciences and 11 professional schools, UCLA serves nearly 40,000 students, making it the largest of the 10 campus University of California (U.C.) system.

First-time visitors are surprised at the UCLA campus's size and beauty with its 419 acres, 174 buildings, and a combination of Romanesque and modern architecture. The campus offers endless variety with its beautifully landscaped Murphy Sculpture Garden, Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, Mathias Botanical Garden, theaters, museums, and many libraries. The UCLA Library system ranks among the top 10 research libraries in the U.S.

UCLA professors have received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nobel Prize, The Pulitzer Prize, and the Guggenheim Fellowships.

In terms of student admissions, UCLA is one of the most competitive universities in the U.C. system. UCLA students are well prepared academically and represent considerable diversity. Although most UCLA students are from California, students come from all 50 states in the U.S. and 63 foreign countries. For many years, UCLA has been a popular destination for international students.

12th in the world. UCLA ranks 12th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, based on faculty publications and citations and the number of alumni and faculty who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.

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Photos of the English Programs at The University of California Los Angeles

Graduation of the English course of the University of California Los Angeles
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Videos of the English Programs at The American Language Center(ALC) of UCLA

HOUSING IN LOS ANGELES

Most common housing options for international students in Los Angeles

STUDENTS FROM THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT UCLA HAVE 4 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS IN LOS ANGELES:

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  • Dormitories on Campus
  • Dormitories off Campus
  • Apartments
  • Homestay

Dormitories On Campus

On-campus housing is available only during the summer quarter (June to September) for those enrolled in an Intensive English Program.

Students may choose between dormitory-style or apartment accommodations. Meal plans are available. Students have access to computer labs, fitness centers, and swimming pools. After you applied to an intensive English program during the summer, we will send you the information to apply for housing on-campus

Dormitories Off-Campus

Dormitorios off campus or University residences are fully furnished and include all the amenities needed. This type of housing allows you to meet other people and live a short distance from your classrooms, and usually, these options include all meals at their own cafeterias.

Some of the options are:

Apartments

Furnished apartments provide year-round furnished accommodations. Full kitchens are available for students to prepare their own meals. Students may have access to parking, laundry facilities, and a pool. Students have the option of a shared or private apartment.

Some of the options are:

Homestay (living with a family)

Homestays provide year-round accommodations. Students live and interact with a family in the Los Angeles area. Meal plans are available. Students have the options of a shared or private room.

Some of the options are:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near UCLA. If the housing option is off-campus, students must contact the housing provider directly. Please be aware that UCLA Extension does not manage, endorse, nor make specific recommendations regarding the housing facilities listed within our housing section. This information is provided simply to assist students. The providers listed are not the only housing options available.

FAQS

Do you have any questions about studying English at UCLA?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ENGLISH IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

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Why should I study English at UCLA?

The University of California Los Angeles has a long tradition of offering English courses for international students; this institution guarantees the high quality of the programs. Moreover, students can use modern facilities and be part of incredible extra-curricular activities.

Why should I choose to learn English in Los Angeles, California?

Los Angeles is one of the best cities in Southern California for international students. There you can become part of a multicultural community, visit lots of fantastic tourist attractions, and network with other students from all over the US and the world.

I am not a student in my country. Can I enroll in these English courses with an F-1 Student Visa?

Absolutely! The English courses at UCLA are available for everyone, including those who are not currently studying. You only need to be at least 17 years old by the program start date and have the minimum English level required for your program.

Does the University of California Los Angeles offer scholarships for the English language classes?

No, UCLA doesn’t offer any type of scholarships.

What kind of comments and reviews do the English courses at UCLA have?

The University of California Los Angeles is among the best universities in the world. The programs are taught by experienced faculty and attract students from all over the world. That's why UCLA receives great reviews and comments from its former students.

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study English at UCLA?

Please check with us what type of visa you need to take the program you are interested in.

  • All full-time programs in the U.S. require an F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • Students enrolled in a Part-time program (less than 18 hours a week) can take this program with a tourist visa or a visa waiver (ESTA). With a tourist visa, you can only stay in the U.S. for the duration your tourist visa allows since your primary purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

If you need an F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form) from the UCLA Extension at The University of California Los Angeles. In some countries, it can take several weeks to obtain a visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/

Are the English classes taught inside the UCLA campus?

All classrooms are located in Westwood, the UCLA neighborhood (all classes are within walking distance from the main UCLA campus). Most English language classes are held in the UCLA Extension building "Lindbrook Center" or in the building "Gayley Center". Some courses might be on the main UCLA campus.

How is my English level assessed?

You take a placement test on your first day at the American Language Center of UCLA Extension.

How many English language levels have the programs at the American Language Center of UCLA Extension?

It depends on the program. For example, the AIEP has 9 different levels, and the IECP program has 3 different levels.

Can I use the different on-campus facilities at the University of California Los Angeles?

All English language students can use the on-campus facilities, and you can also participate in UCLA’s incredible extracurricular courses.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams to apply for the English courses at UCLA?

No, TOEFL or IELTS scores are not necessary for enrolling at UCLA Extension’s American Language Center.

Will I need a high school diploma to study English at UCLA?

No, you won’t need a high school diploma to enroll in these English programs, but you need to be at least 17 years old.

Will I need health insurance to study English at the University of California Los Angeles?

Health insurance is mandatory for all students with an F-1 student visa. The health insurance is included in the program fee; therefore, you do not need to pay extra.

Will I need to buy books to study English at UCLA?

Yes, you should consider a certain amount of money for books, which will vary depending on your program.

Is there an application fee for the English programs at UCLA?

Yes, all programs have a US$150 application fee.

When do I need to pay for the program? What are the payment methods?

You need to make the full payment before the program start date, considering that your application will not be completed until you have paid all remaining fees.

Can I work while studying in Los Angeles, California?

Only those with an F-1 Student Visa can work up to 20 hours a week inside the campus. Nonetheless, these positions are really limited, so you probably won't be able to find a job as an English language student.

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