Academic Courses: International High Shool Students





All international (non-immigrant) students coming to the United States with the primary intention of studying are required to obtain the F-1 Student Visa, and must maintain full-time enrollment of at least 1 unit per number of weeks of attendance.

Form I-20 and F-1 Student Visa

Requesting the Form I-20

In order to apply for the F-1 Student Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country, you need to receive the Form I-20 (also known as Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) from UCLA Summer Sessions. This form will be issued by the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS).

To receive the Form I-20 from UCLA you first must:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 1 unit per week of attendance;
  • Receive an email from DCISS within 48 hours with the link to the I-20 portal;
  • Complete the I-20 request and upload the following documents:
    • Passport Copy
    • Confidential Financial Statement (CFS)
    • Proof of Sufficient Funds
    • Proof of English Proficiency
    • Additional documents for F-1 students transferring from another U.S. institution:
      • SEVIS Transfer Form
      • Previous/Current School’s I-20


Session A: May 3rd
Session C: June 3rd

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for the I-20 processing after uploading all required documents and submitting the I-20 request. When ready, your I-20 will be shipped via FedEx International Priority Mail.

If you will be transferring your I-20 to UCLA, please contact the F-1 advisor at your current school and request the release of your SEVIS record to UCLA.

Getting your F-1 Visa

After receiving the Form I-20 from UCLA Summer Sessions, you can:

  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate;
  • Pay the application fee and gather the required documents;
  • Pay the SEVIS Fee at at least 3 days before your visa interview.

Canadian citizens are NOT required to visit the U.S. Embassy, but ARE required to complete the I-20 request, pay the SEVIS fee and have it recorded before arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry.

For up-to-date information, please visit the Department of State website.

F-1 Regulations

To maintain legal F-1 student status at UCLA, you are required to:

  • Complete the mandatory visa check-in within one week upon your arrival to the United States;
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (1 unit per week of attendance) and earn a passing grade in all your courses;
  • Have health insurance for the duration of your studies (provide by UCLA);
  • Maintain a valid passport;
  • Get DCISS approval for any temporary travel outside of the U.S;
  • Accept no employment without consulting with an F-1 advisor at DCISS;
  • Notify DCISS before you transfer to another U.S. school;
  • Leave the U.S. or transfer to another U.S. school within sixty (60) days after the completion of your program.

A3: June 21 - July 9
A6: June 21 - July 30
A8: June 21 - Aug 13
A10: June 21 - Aug 27

B3: July 12 - July 30

C3: Aug 2 - Aug 20
C6: Aug 2 - Sept 10

D3: Aug 23 - Sept 10

Important Dates

JANUARY 11: Schedule of Classes Available

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 14: Full Payment Due if enrollment before 5PM, May 14

JUNE 18: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session A & B)

JUNE 18: Full Payment Due if enrolled May 15 (5PM) – June 18 (5PM)

JUNE 21: First Day of Session A

JUNE 25: Refund Deadline - Session A3 (all courses)

JUNE 25: Refund Deadline - Session A6, A8, A9, & A10 (impacted courses only)

JULY 2: Refund Deadline - Session A6, A8, A9, & A10 (non-impacted courses only)

JULY 16: Refund Deadline (Session B)

JULY 30: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session C & D)

JULY 30: Full Payment Deadline: Session C only if enrolled June 19 (5PM) – July 31 (5PM)

AUGUST 2: First Day of Session C

AUGUST 6: Refund Deadline - Session C3 (all courses)

AUGUST 6: Impacted Course Refund Deadline (Session C6)

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.