UCLA Summer Sessions - International Students

Economics Summer Institute


July 16 - August 6, 2021
UCLA Course Credit: ECON 1 (4 units)
Three Week Online Program



The UCLA Economics Precollege Summer Institute is a three-week-long program designed to help you explore career options, and expand your knowledge of critical economic issues affecting the United States and the world - all while earning college credit and studying at one of the top-ranked economics departments in the world! Students in this program will learn about issues of economic policy and principles of economic analysis while simultaneously building their data analysis skills and strengthening their ability to think like an economist. Students will complete the program with the necessary foundation to apply these methodologies to understand society’s most critical issues.


Program Eligibility

To apply for the Economics Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in grades 9th – 12th during Spring 2021

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not apply and should consider other summer opportunities.

Application Requirements

To participate in the Economics Summer Institute, students must apply and receive acceptance into the program.

As part of the application process, all applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Copy of most recent academic/grade transcript (unofficial)
  • A personal statement that answers the following: In 250 words or less, tell us what distinguishes you from your classmates and peers? What do you expect to gain from participating in the Economics Summer Institute, and what do you hope to accomplish during the program?
Citizens from non-English speaking countries ONLY - Proof of English proficiency according to one of the following (Note: Citizens of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and Canada are exempted from English Proficiency requirements):
  • TOEFL – Minimum score of 79(iBT) or 550 (PBT); if you are unable to provide a TOEFL score due to test center closure, please submit a proof of closure and the most recent test score (within two years). If you are currently attending a U.S. high school, please upload a Word or PDF document in the English proficiency file upload section with a statement saying you are attending an English speaking high school in the U.S. and/or have taken English language courses which are viewable on your academic transcript.
  • IELTS – 6.5 or higher;
  • iTEP – 5 or higher;
  • CEFR/CAE/CPE - Level C1- Grades A, B, and C; OR
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - IB students may submit a transcript or verification of enrollment from their school

  • Students will be notified via email with an admission decision within three weeks after all required documents are uploaded.

    How To Apply

    Application for the Economics Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

    1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form starting February 15. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
    2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
    3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form
    4. Submit your registration form.
    5. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” to upload your required document/s.
    6. Allow up to 2 weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
    7. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the $350 non-refundable registration fee and reserve your space in the program.

    A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

    The registration fee is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

    If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the waitlist, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

    If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

    How to Make Registration Changes

    Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

    1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
    2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.









    Program Dates

    JULY 16 - AUGUST 6, 2021

    Important Dates

    FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

    FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

    MAY 1: Payment due in full

    JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

    JULY 16 - AUGUST 6: Economics Summer Institute

    UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.