Who is an International Student?

When applying to UCLA Summer Sessions, you will be considered an international student 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 will not be subject to I-20 requirements such as minimum unit requirement, 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.

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

UCLA Summer Academic Opportunities

Important Note: UCLA has decided to transition all summer offerings to remote learning only and will not be issuing I-20's to visiting students for study in the U.S. this summer. For more information, visit our Updates and Alerts page.

International students who want to enroll in a course at UCLA can participate in UCLA Summer Sessions in three different ways:

UCLA Summer sessions DATES

Academic courses and summer intensive studies

UCLA students enjoy the flexibility afforded by our 6-10 week Academic Courses and 3-week Summer Intensive Studies and so can international students. Courses that makeup UCLA’s 130+ majors and 90+ minors such as economics, chemistry, psychology, film and television, sociology, communication, as well as English language courses designed to improve English proficiency for university study, are available.

The entire duration of UCLA Summer Sessions is 12 weeks long. These 12 weeks are divided into:

  • Three 3-week sessions (Summer Intensive Studies): June 21-July 9, July 12-July 30, August 2-August 20
  • Two 6-week sessions (Academic Courses): June 21-July 30, August 2-September 10
  • One 8-week session (Academic Courses): June 21-August 13
  • One 9-week session (Academic Courses): June 21-August 20
  • One 10-week session (Academic Courses): June 21-August 27

The majority of Academic Courses are offered in a 6-week session. Mostly, engineering and computer science-related courses are available in an 8-week session. A small number of courses, mainly in computer science, may be offered in a 9- or 10-week session. 

Summer Course Registration Form


College/professional summer institutes

Below please view a list of College/Professional Summer Institutes available during Summer 2021

UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA School of Arts and Architecture

UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television (TFT)*

*All TFT programs are admission-based. Admission requirements vary by program. See program details.

Summer Institutes Registration Form


I-20 and F-1 Visa Information

UCLA has decided to transition all summer offerings to remote learning only for Summer 2021. All courses and programs will be completed entirely online and an I-20 and student visa will be unavailable this year.

English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency will not be required to participate in summer 2021 programs, however, students are still expected to have English proficiency levels equivalent to or greater than the test scores below: 

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 60 (revised PT) or 80 (iBT);
  • IELTS score of 6.5;
  • iTEP score of 5.0;
  • CAE minimum grade of B (CEFR C1); or
  • CPE minimum grade of C (CEFR C2)















UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.