Academic Courses: International 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 8 units.


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 8 units per session 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

I-20 Request Deadlines

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 (8 units) 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.

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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