Who is an International Student?

UCLA Summer Sessions offers International high school students two ways to engage in a college experience that will challenge and inspire them. You can enroll in individual UCLA academic courses or select one of our precollege Summer Institutes.

Students must be at least 15 years of age by June 25, 2018 to enroll in academic courses. High school students who are 14 years of age or older by June 25, 2018 may participate in our Precollege Summer Institutes.

 

High school students enrolled in academic courses may apply for housing through UCLA Housing Services.

 

For our registration purposes, you are considered an international high school student only if you answer no to ALL of the questions below:

  • Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, i.e., a Green Card holder?
  • Are you an international student currently studying in the US and returning to the same school after the summer?
    If you currently hold an F-1 visa and I-20 at another U.S. school AND plan to continue your studies at that school, you won't need to obtain an additional F-1 visa to attend UCLA Summer Sessions. There are no unit requirements and you won't be required to complete the I-20 request form or upload any documents.
  • Do you intend to enroll only in online courses ?
    UCLA academic courses delivered online carry the same unit value and UCLA degree credit, and transcripts do not indicate if a class was taken online or on campus.

     

    If you enroll in online courses only, the registration fee will be waived, and you won't need to obtain a visa to attend UCLA Summer Sessions. You may enroll in fewer than 8 units per session, and there will be no need to complete the I-20 request form or upload any documents.

     

    To view a full list of online courses offered during the summer, please click here. Please note that "hybrid" courses that have components offered both online and on UCLA campus are not considered online courses for summer registration purposes.
  • Do you intend to register only in the short-term precollege Summer Institutes that are not F-1 eligible , indicated with ** in the right column?
    High School Students enrolling in a Precollege Summer Institute are not eligible to apply for the F-1 student visa. Students enrolling in a less than full-time precollege program MAY attend the program on the Visitor (B) Visa. However, UCLA strongly recommends that students consult with their local U.S. Embassy / Consulate for more information regarding visa requirements.

Visa Requirements

If you answered no to all four questions, you will be required to enroll full-time and obtain an F-1 visa. Once you select which summer offerings you are interested in, Academic Courses or one of the F-1 visa eligible Summer Institutes, you will find information on visa requirements, along with registration, fees, and payment details applicable to your selection.

If you answered yes to any of the questions, please go to the U.S. High School Student page.

 

 

 

Academic Courses

If you are interested in taking individual academic courses, such as Communication Skills courses designed specifically for international students or ESL courses, please go to Academic Courses: International High School Students for information on visa requirements, registration, fees, payment, and relevant University and Summer Sessions policies. Transcripts, proof of enrollment at another institution, or a GPA minimum is not required.

Below is a list of ESL courses that you may find interesting. Summer 2018 ESL course schedule is available here.


ESL 20. Conversation and Fluency
ESL 21. Pronunciation
ESL 22. Public Speaking
ESL 23. American Culture through Film
ESL 24. Preparation for American Universities
ESL 25. Academic Reading and Writing
ESL 26. Business Communication: Speaking
ESL 28. English through Language, Culture, and Society


Communication 1A (Session A or Session C). Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers (4 units)

Designed for non-native speakers of English to increase fluency and vocabulary while improving presentation skills, language usage, reasoning, style, and delivery. P/NP or letter grading.


Communication 1B (Session A or Session C). Learning American English and Culture from Movies (4 units)

Designed for international students to increase fluency in conversational, American-style English and the underlying meaning of American popular culture through the disciplined study of current movies. P/NP or letter grading.


For more information, please see English Requirements and Exemptions.

Summer Sessions is a unique opportunity to advance your academic career. You get the chance to study and socialize among America's finest group of undergraduates. During the summer, many academic courses that make up UCLA's regular curriculum are offered in two sessions, Session A and Session C . With over 100 courses to choose from, including online courses, you can have an unforgettable summer no matter where you are from.

Session A begins on June 25 and Session C starts August 6. While the majority of courses are 6-weeks long, a small number of courses in Session A last for 8-10 weeks. If you are interested in a course that is offered during Session A, please be sure to check the Schedule of Classes to verify the course length. All Session C courses are 6-weeks long.

 

2018 Session Schedule for Academic Courses
SESSION WEEKS START DATE END DATE
Session A 6 weeks June 25, 2018 August 3, 2018
Session A 8 weeks June 25, 2018 August 17, 2018
Session A 9 weeks June 25, 2018 August 24, 2018
Session A 10 weeks June 25, 2018 August 31, 2018
Session C 6 weeks August 6, 2018 September 14, 2018

2018 Schedule of Classes

More information on Academic Courses for visiting international students

Academic Course Online Registration Form (Starting February 15)

Online Courses

UCLA online courses offer you the opportunity to earn credit anytime, anywhere. UCLA academic courses delivered online carry the same unit value and UCLA degree credit, and transcripts do not indicate if a class was taken online or on campus. Whether you have other summer activities planned or wish to stay in your hometown during your studies, online courses provide an alternative solution to your academic needs. To view a full list of online courses offered during the summer, please click here.

If you enroll in online courses only, the campus fee will be waived. Please note that "hybrid" courses that have components offered both online and on UCLA campus are not considered online courses for summer registration purposes.

Academic Course Online Registration Form (Starting February 15)

Precollege Summer Institutes

Precollege Summer Institutes are designed for advanced high school students who wish to gain academically challenging college-level experience.

High school students who are 14 years of age or older by program start date may participate in our Precollege Summer Institutes. If you do not meet the age requirement but wish to participate in one of the programs, please contact us at institutes@summer.ucla.edu.
Most of our programs offer mandatory or optional housing with full supervision.
Note: The following programs do NOT offer housing or supervision outside of the instruction or program activities:

 

  • Art Summer Institute (Session B ONLY)

    Game Lab Summer Institute

    Writing Workshop Summer Institute

     

  • Listed below are the 2018 precollege programs: