Semester Abroad at the University of California Los Angeles

SEMESTER ABROAD AT UCLA

Study abroad at The University of California Los Angeles in 2021 or 2022. Contact a representative to get a quote, to receive more information, and a pdf brochure

SEMESTER ABROAD

ENGLISH PROGRAMS

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Students from the Study abroad program at UCLA

PROGRAM FOR CURRENT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Study Abroad at UCLA is a serious academic program for international students currently pursuing degrees in their home university. Students can study for one, two, or three quarters at UCLA (3, 6, or 9 months).

UCLA students walking on campus

STUDY SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH AMERICAN STUDENTS

Study at a top-ranked university and experience life in Los Angeles much as American students do.

UCLA Undergraduate international students on campus

EARN TRANSFERABLE UNIVERSITY CREDITS

Enroll in UCLA undergraduate daytime and UCLA Extension evening courses. Earn academic credit you can transfer to your university.

SEMESTER ABROAD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

The "Study Abroad at UCLA Program" is designed for international students who are currently enrolled in degree programs in their home country and want to earn transferable academic credits.

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM AT UCLA

Study Abroad at UCLA is designed for international undergraduate students who are enrolled in degree programs in their home university and wish to study at UCLA 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 the Study Abroad program 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.

Main Features

  • Enroll in a full-time undergraduate program of study at UCLA and UCLA Extension.
  • Classes are on campus.
  • 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 of sports and recreation.
  • Gain international experience, which helps when applying for other academic programs and jobs
  • Access to University facilities as libraries, gym, etc.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Applied for a student visa.

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 18 years old on the first day of classes. There is no maximum age.
  • Be pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree in your home university and have completed at least one or two years of your program.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to a 3.0 on a four-point (4) scale. Contact us for GPA conversion tables for the grading system in your country.
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 91, IETLS 7

More information about the Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad at UCLA allows you to enroll in UCLA undergraduate daytime courses with American students and UCLA Extension evening courses with working professionals and international students for one, two, or three quarters. To meet international student visa requirements, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 units of UCLA and/or UCLA Extension credit per quarter.

Please note that if admitted to the Study Abroad at UCLA program, it does not mean that you have been accepted to a degree program.

UCLA courses

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
UCLA COURSES DETAILS

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.

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.

UCLA Extension courses

UCLA Extension offers courses in a wide variety of fields. UCLA recognizes UCLA Extension credits. Fields of study include:

  • Business and management
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Studies
  • and many more
UCLA EXTENSION COURSES DETAILS

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.

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.

Transfer Credit

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.

Student Status

Admission to Study Abroad does not constitute admission to UCLA or 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 Transcript

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.

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES SEMESTER ABROAD 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study a semester abroad at The University of California Los Angeles?

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. The Summer quarter begins in late June and ends in mid-September.

Table with dates of the Study Abroad Program 2021 - 2022

QuarterDatesDeadline to apply
WinterJanuary-MarchNovember 5
SpringMarch-JuneJanuary 28
SummerJune-SeptemberApril 22
FallSeptember-DecemberJuly 22

Cost of the program

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 $10,395 per quarter. This estimate includes the Program Fee of $4,995, the Application Fee of $300, and an estimated $5,100 in course fees. Health insurance is included in the Program Fee.

Fees for one 4-unit course range from approximately $600 to $1,600. You will need to be enrolled in 12 units of coursework. So the student’s actual course fees may be somewhat higher or lower than our estimate, depending on which courses they take.

Other Costs to consider

  • 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: these materials are not included within your tuition fees, and it is a set fee for all programs and terms.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Los Angeles, USA
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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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

Please complete the form at the end of the page, and a representative will send you the application form


2. Study Plan

The key to the enrollment process is being flexible and having a well-developed list of courses. To ensure that Study Abroad at UCLA is a good match with your educational objectives, you are required to submit a Proposed Study Plan, listing a minimum of 10 specific UCLA and/or UCLA Extension courses. These courses need to be approved for transfer credit by your home university's academic advisor before you arrive for the Study Abroad at UCLA program. Contact us for more details.


3. English Requirement

TOEFL or IELTS Score: Submit an official Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT) score of 91 or higher (Students admitted with a TOEFL score between 91 – 99 are required to enroll in ESL X 433 C. ESL X 433 C is a credit bearing English class designed to refine student’s ability to function students succeed in an academic environment.) or an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 or higher; scores must have been achieved within less than 24 months of your application date. * Students are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS score if: 1) they are a native speaker of English from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, or the United Kingdom, 2) they declare that English is their second language and they provide a transcript showing completion of at least 4 years of instruction from a high school, university, or college in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, or the United Kingdom, or 3) they are transferring from the American Language Center UCLA Extension with a grade of “A-” or higher from level 107 of the Academic Intensive English Language Program.


4. University Transcripts

Official university transcripts in English from your current University


5. Immunization Form

Completed Immunization Form. Please complete the form at the end of the page and a representative will send you the immunization form


6. 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.


7. Financial Verification

The Financial Certification could be a bank statement or bank letter that shows that the sponsor has more than $16,100 dollars per quarter (plus amounts for dependents if applicable). The document must be dated within the last 90 days. If financial documents are NOT in the student’s name, you must also submit a Letter of Sponsorship.

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.


8. Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $300 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

Since the study abroad program is a full-time program, 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.

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 is due at registration and can be done by credit card, travelers check, money order, or certified check. 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 at the end of registration week. 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: You must apply before the deadline

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!

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Clubs
  • Fitness and recreation center
  • On-campus 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.

HOUSING IN LOS ANGELES

Most common housing options for international students in Los Angeles

STUDENTS FROM THE SEMESTER ABROAD AT UCLA EXTENSION HAVE 4 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS:

Check housing options for international students at UCLA in Los Angeles
  • Dormitories on Campus
  • Dormitories off Campus
  • Apartments
  • Homestay

Dormitories On Campus

On-campus housing is available only during the summer quarter (June to September).

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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Does the University of California Los Angeles offer scholarships for the study abroad program?

No, UCLA doesn’t offer any type of scholarships for the study abroad program.

Will I need health insurance during the semester abroad at the University of California Los Angeles?

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

Will I need to buy books at UCLA?

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

After the study abroad program, can I continue at UCLA?

Admission to Study Abroad does not constitute admission to UCLA or any UCLA degree program. If you want to apply for an undergraduate or graduate program at UCLA, the admission process is different.

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

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.

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/

The answers provided in the frequently asked questions may change from time to time. To confirm any of these answers, we suggest contacting a representative filling the form below.

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