COLLEGE/PROFESSIONAL SUMMER INSTITUTE REMOTE INSTRUCTION FAQ - UCLA, OTHER UC & NON-UC STUDENTS
information for UCLA STUDENTS
Please be sure to review the general FAQs for all student types below as well. This section only contains information specific to UCLA students.
Are there any fee changes for UCLA students?
There are no changes to fees. All applicable fees including referenda, IEI, and document fees, as well as Summer Institute program fees reflecting per-unit fees ($279 for UC undergraduate students and $349 for UC graduate students) will be assessed.
Does the deadline extension for changing the grading basis apply to 2021 Summer Sessions?
Yes. Students will be allowed to change grading basis on an optionally graded course via MyUCLA without a petition through Friday of the penultimate week of instruction (e.g., Week 2 for a 3-week session, Week 5 for a 6-week session). Please contact your department or academic counseling unit for questions regarding whether grades of P or Passed can count towards your graduation requirements.
Where can I find resources for remote learning?
UCLA Student Affairs has compiled a comprehensive Guide for Graduate and Undergraduate Students; this guide includes resources specific to Remote Learning & Teaching to best help the UCLA community navigate the student experience during the pandemic.
Will Summer Sessions' transition to remote instruction affect my financial aid?
The transition to remote instruction will not affect the type of financial aid you may be eligible for*. Students will be granted aid based on the number of units they enroll in and other eligibility factors. You can visit the Summer Information Section of the Financial Aid & Scholarships website, where you can also learn about the summer aid application, types of financial aid, deadlines, and how to calculate your potential aid.
*Students graduating in or before Spring 2021 are not eligible for summer financial aid. If you plan to graduate this summer or later, please be sure to verify and update your Degree Candidacy Term on MyUCLA.
Are UCLA summer housing options still available?
UCLA Housing will operate this summer only at reduced levels; additional information is available on UCLA Housing’s COVID-19 information page.
How about other campus services? Will they remain open?
While only essential services remain open on the UCLA campus, most student services are available online; by contacting offices and departments by e-mail; or through the MyUCLA Message Center. Students should consult individual office and department websites for information about available services and business hours. If you need assistance from Summer Sessions, please contact us at email@example.com or visit us during our zoom drop-in hours. See Contact Us for details.
What options do I have if my laptop/device is not compatible for class?
Submit a message using the MyUCLA Student Support COVID 19 Message Center topic.
What options do I have if I don't have a laptop/desktop?
UCLA students who are enrolled in Summer Sessions can borrow equipment from the Library. Please submit a Student Equipment Request Form in time for your summer courses. If you already have a device from the Library, enrollment in Summer Sessions is eligible for a return deadline extension.
Other UC Students
Information for Other UC students
Please be sure to review the general FAQs for all student types below as well. This section only contains information that is specific to UC students.
Will UCLA Summer Sessions' transition to remote instruction affect my financial aid?
Please check with your home UC campus financial aid office.
information for Non-UC, visiting summer students
Please be sure to review the general FAQs below as well. This section only contains information that is specific to non-UC, visiting summer students.
Can I still visit the UCLA campus during the summer?
The campus is currently closed to the general public. To explore our campus online, please take a virtual tour instead.
Will international students be subject to additional requirements in Summer 2021?
Given UCLA's decision to extend remote instruction through Summer Sessions, you will participate virtually in UCLA Summer Sessions without traveling to UCLA.
As such, you will not be charged any international student related-fees (e.g., the $450 service fee, iSTART, and health insurance fees). Instead, you will be assessed the same fees as U.S. visiting summer students.
I-20 related requirements, including continuous full-time enrollment, proof of English proficiency, and the confidential financial statement, no longer apply to international summer students, and you are NOT required to submit any documentation. Please note that while proof of English proficiency is not required for your participation this summer, a high level of English proficiency is critical for your successful participation in UCLA Summer Sessions.
college/professional summer institute REMOTE INSTRUCTION FAQ - GENERAL
Will there be any on-campus programs this year?
All College/Professional Summer Institutes will be offered online. A list of this year's programs is available in the College/Professional Summer Institute section of our website. You can visit each program page from there for more information.
What does remote instruction mean for my Summer Institute program?
The UCLA course(s) in your program will be delivered online. In addition to your UCLA coursework, all Summer Institute programs also include mandatory co-curricular activities which will be completed online as well. Please rest assured that program 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 and schedule (including information on whether the coursework and additional co-curricular activities will be offered at specific times only or recordings will be made available) are found on each program website. If you have questions about your program curriculum in the meantime, you may contact your program directly.
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 program that you are expected to prepare on your own.
What kind of software tools are commonly used?
Summer Institutes will meet online, using applications such as Zoom and other program-identified tools. In addition, the program may utilize UCLA's Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE).
NOTE: If you are a non-UC visiting summer student, please note that you do not need to have a paid Zoom account to participate.
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.
Summer Institute programs are interactive and engaging, and your program may determine that video participation is essential in order for the program to responsibly provide an excellent education. At the same time, UCLA recognizes that participants’ personal circumstances may lead to a strong preference otherwise. As the University and the program are trying to balance these needs and expectations, please notify your program instructor(s) in advance of a personal need to turn the video off during the program.
How can I prepare for remote learning?
Learning in a remote setting has some different challenges from learning in person. Here are some tips 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 work on them later.
- Setting a schedule for yourself can be very helpful, including not only your academic work, but times for other healthy activities like connecting with others and exercising.
- If possible, it’s useful to create a dedicated space for “classwork.”
- This space should include a chair, 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 course is delivered in person on campus or online.
Can I choose my grade type?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Will I lose my spot in the program if I don’t pay right away?
If you are still finalizing your summer plans, you can wait to make the full payment until May 1 or the program specific deadline, if applicable.* In order to remain enrolled or to enroll in a Summer Institute afterwards, full payment of the program balance is required.
Please note that 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.
*Some programs may have earlier payment deadlines; please see the program’s Payment Deadline section for more details.