Academic Courses: International Students




All international students requesting the Form I-20 from UCLA Summer Sessions are required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

UCLA accepts the following:

TOEFL - minimum score of 80 (iBT) or 550 (PBT)
IELTS - minimum score of 6.5
iTEP - minimum score of 5
CAE/CPE - Level C1 A, B, and C

English proficiency documents are valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance.


Citizens from any of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom

If you are an International Baccalaureates or currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English, you may submit an official transcript or verification of enrollment from your school for consideration of granting an exception.

English Language Courses

International students who want to improve their English skills during the summer are invited to enroll in English Language Courses.

While intermediate language proficiency is required, there is no minimum score requirement.

The program defines "intermediate" as having had two years of solid foundational English coursework, whereby students understand conversational and academic English beyond basic structures and vocabulary, read intermediate level texts, and are able to write cohesive paragraphs and essays.

Communication Courses

These courses are open to all levels of English proficiency: 

COMM 1A: Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

COMM 1B: Learning American English and Culture from Movies

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

The ESL program helps students to enhance their academic and professional skills to improve job performance and prepare for university work. Student must have intermediate to advanced English language proficiency to enroll in these courses. All students will be required to take a placement examination on the first day of classes.

ESL 20: Conversation and Fluency

ESL 21: Pronunciation

ESL 22: Public Speaking

ESL 23: American Culture through Film

ESL 24: Preparation for American University

ESL 25: Academic Reading and Writing

ESL 26: Business Communication: Speaking

ESL 27: Business Communication: Writing

ESL 97A: Variable Topics in ESL

ESL 105: Advanced Grammar and Style

6-week: June 22 - July 31
8-week: June 22 - August 14
10-week: June 22 - August 28

August 3 - September 11

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session A)

MAY 3: I-20 Request Deadline (Session A)

JUNE 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session C)

JUNE 3: I-20 Request Deadline (Session C)

JUNE 5: Full Payment Due (Enrollment before May 17)

JUNE 19: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session A)

JUNE 19: Full Payment Due (Enrolled May 18 – June 22)

JUNE 26: Impacted Course Refund and Drop Deadline (Session A)

JULY 3: Nonimpacted Course Refund Deadline (Session A)

JULY 17: Grading Basis Change Deadline (Session A, 6wk)

JULY 31: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session C)

JULY 31: Full Payment Due (Session C, Enrolled June 21 – August 2)

AUGUST 7: Impacted Course Refund and Drop Deadline (Session C)

AUGUST 14: Nonimpacted Course Refund Deadline (Session C)

AUGUST 28: Grading Basis Change Deadline (Session C)

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