FAQs on remote instruction - precollege summer institutes

When can I find out what Summer Institutes will be offered remotely?

You can check up-to-date cancellations on the Precollege Summer Institute page. Cancellation decisions due to Summer Sessions' transition to remote instruction have been made. Most of the Summer Institute programs remain available remotely, and the programs that have been already confirmed to run remotely are indicated as “remote” next to the program name. 

Please note that even if programs are confirmed for remote instruction now, they are still subject to changes, including but not limited to cancellations, before the program start date. 

What does remote instruction mean for my Summer Institute program?

The UCLA course(s) in your program will be delivered remotely. All Summer Institute programs are designed to include activities in addition to the UCLA coursework. While programs may modify or remove some activities that may not transfer to remote instruction in a meaningful way, please rest assured that these activities are what make your Summer Institute a unique experience and will still be a guiding force of your program. Details of your program curriculum are available on each program website. We’d greatly appreciate it if you could allow your program faculty to focus their efforts on reshaping the curriculum for remote instruction. If you have urgent questions about your program curriculum in the meantime, you may contact your program directly. 


Will my Summer Institute fees change?

While the unit fee rates will remain unchanged for the course(s) included in your program, the total program fee may change as some program activities may be modified or removed. Please visit your program website for up-to-date information. 

Since residential plans are not available for Precollege Summer Institutes during remote instruction, the mandatory residential plan fee for residential programs will not be assessed. 

All other applicable fees, such as the registration fee, remain the same and will be assessed. 

Please note that the updated Summer Institute program fees are assessed to your summer BruinBill account, your deposit payment will apply to your balance. 

Can I still come to UCLA campus during Session A? What about housing?

Students should not visit campus. To explore our campus, please take a virtual tour instead. 

Residential plans are not available for Precollege Summer Institutes during remote instruction.


Do I need a special equipment to participate remotely?

You will need a laptop or desktop with a working webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection (good enough for Netflix, for example).

You will be informed if there are additional materials or software necessary for your participation.

What kind of software tools are commonly used?

A variety of software tools are currently used for remote instruction at UCLA. You can learn about the most common ones at https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/YourCCLE?section=5. Please note that your program may use different or additional tools. 

How is my privacy protected during remote instruction?

All faculty, staff, and students must follow the privacy principles. Please review the information on privacy during remote instruction, such as tips for privacy protections, online exams and proctoring, or audio or video recording. 

How can I prepare for remote learning?

Learning in a remote setting has some different challenges from learning face-to-face. Here are some pointers from the UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching to help you plan for your remote learning experience:

  • Time management is especially important when you are in a different setting than you’re used to. If your program has recorded (asynchronous) materials, you may put them off, thinking that you can always get to them later.
    • Setting a schedule for yourself can be very helpful, including not only your academics, but times for other healthy activities like connecting to others and exercising.
  • If possible, it’s useful to create a dedicated space for “classwork.”
    • The space should include a chair and table or desk and good lighting, with as few distractions as possible.
  • When you are in a remote class, whether it is live (synchronous) or recorded (asynchronous), you may be particularly prone to distractions.
    • It is a good practice to turn off notifications.
    • Refrain from social media use during academic time periods.
  • Practice active learning.
    • Ask questions
    • Discuss topics
    • Put forward predictions and surmises
    • Explain ideas to peers and to the instructor
    • Take lots of notes, and notes on your notes.
  • Stay connected with others.
    • Form study groups, even if the coursework doesn’t call for them.
    • Share notes.
    • Compose shared goals for the working group.

Will the transcript indicate remote instruction?

The grade(s) you receive for the UCLA course(s) included in your program will be recorded on a formal UCLA transcript. UCLA transcripts do not indicate course delivery modes and grades appear the same regardless of whether the courses are delivered face to face on campus or remotely.

Can I choose the Passed/Not Passed (or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for students with a bachelor’s degree) grading option?

Some courses offer the option to choose from either letter grading or P/NP (S/U if you have your bachelor's degree). You can request a change of grading basis to P/NP (or SU) by contacting our office at info@summer.ucla.edu, only if your program includes such a course. 

For courses that only have one grade type, you will not be able to change the grading option.

You can check the grading information on your program course(s) by visiting the FACULTY AND CURRICULUM page of your program website. Please see under GRADES. 

I’m currently on the waitlist. Will my program capacity change?

Programs may decide to modify the program capacity, as well as the waitlist capacity. Program capacities can also change due to enrollment changes. If you are affected by such changes, you will be notified. 

If my program is cancelled, can I switch to a different program?

 Yes. If you would like to take part in an alternative Summer Institute program (see Precollege Summer Institutes) please be sure to change your registration as soon as you can. Please note that there is no financial obligation for you to switch to a different program as long as you drop the new program by Friday June 5. Please see the refund information below.

Will I lose my spot in the program if I don’t pay right away?

We have extended the payment deadline for all Summer Institutes to 5PM, Friday, June 5 to allow more flexibility. If you are unsure about your summer plans, you may want to hold off making payments until you can finalize your decision. Credit card transaction fees at 2.75% per transaction are assessed by a third-party service provider, and they are not refundable by us under any circumstances.

If I want to decide later on my participation after reviewing the changes, will I be still eligible for a full refund?

We understand that you may want to review the program curriculum and fee changes first before finalizing your decision. As such, we will issue a full refund of your Summer Institute fees including the non-refundable deposit if you drop the program by Friday, June 5. No refund petition will be required. Please allow up to 3 weeks for your refund to be processed.

To cancel your Summer Institute:

  1. Access your registration using your 5-digit registration number, name, date of birth, and program name
  2. Select “Cancel my Registration” on the left-hand side
  3. Confirm the cancellations by selecting a reason for cancellation and “Yes, Drop me from the Program”

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