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 courses starting between June 22 - July 31 to remote learning only. For more information, visit our Updates and Alerts page.

International students who want to study abroad at UCLA and live the UCLA student life on our beautiful campus can participate in UCLA Summer Sessions in three different ways:

If you can't travel to UCLA but wish to experience UCLA's academic rigor, bring UCLA to where you are and connect with the UCLA community from home by taking our Online Courses. If you enroll in online courses only, you are not considered an international student for registration purposes and will not be subject to I-20 requirements.

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 make up 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 22-July 10, July 13-July 31, August 3-August 21
  • Two 6-week sessions (Academic Courses): June 22-July 31, August 3-September 11
  • One 8-week session (Academic Courses): June 22-August 14
  • One 9-week session (Academic Courses): June 22-August 21
  • One 10-week session (Academic Courses): June 22-August 28

The majority of Academic Courses are offered in a 6-week session. Mostly, engineering and computer science related coures 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. 

These different session lengths are grouped as Session A and Session C: 

  • Session A (June 22-August 28) includes 6-, 8-, 9-, and 10-week sessions, as well as the first two 3-week sessions.
  • Session C (August 3-September 11) includes a 6-week session and the third 3-week session. 

Session Dates

COllege/professional summer institutes

Below is a list of F-1 eligible College/Professional Summer Institutes. 

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. 

Important Information: 

Students are eligible for UCLA housing. However, UCLA Housing's 3-12 week contract dates do not correspond with the Jumpstart: Introduction to Architecture or Owning Shakespeare dates. 


International students need an F-1 visa to participate in Academic Courses, Summer Intensive Studies, or College/Professional Summer Institutes, and must first obtain the Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) from UCLA in order to apply for the F-1 visa at their local visa-issuing U.S. Embassy or Consulate Office prior to entering the U.S. to attend UCLA Summer Sessions.

Continuous full-time enrollment

For I-20 purposes, international students must be enrolled in minimum units that constitute full-time status and must maintain full-time status throughout their study with UCLA Summer Sessions without any gap. 

College/Professional Summer Institutes: Enrollment in any F-1 eligible College/Professional Summer Institute satisfies the full-time requirement.

Academic Courses and Summer Intensive Studies: Depending on the combined duration of study, whether enrolled in only one session period, or multiple session periods, minimum unit requirements vary as follows. The listed dates are the combined dates of enrollment, rather than the dates of a single session period. For example, in case of students taking one 3-week course during July 13-July 31 and another 3-week course during August 3-August 21, the combined duration is July 13-August 21. 

  • No gap is allowed. Students can choose courses offered in various 3-6 week periods in any combination EXCEPT courses offered in June 22-July 10 AND courses that start on August 3. 
  • Online courses do not count toward the minimum unit requirements. 

MINIMUM Unit Requirements

English Proficiency

If you are from a country in which the official language is not English, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency. All students must meet the English proficiency requirement, unless:

  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, or the United Kingdom.
  • You are currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English (you must submit an official transcript or verification of enrollment from your current school as part of your I-20 request). 
  • You are enrolled in English Language courses only, i.e., Communication 1A, 1B, or English as a Second Language Courses only (you will need to submit a Statement of Intent to enroll only in English Language courses in lieu of English proficiency test scores as part of your I-20 request).

Proof of English Proficiency may be certified by submitting one of the following test scores:

  • 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)

Please note that English proficiency documents are valid for two years from the date of issuance. 


Students must provide proof of financial ability to adequately cover both tuition and fees and living expenses during their participation in UCLA Summer Sessions in the form of:

  • Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) - This form should be printed from the I-20 Request Portal, signed, and uploaded when complete, AND
  • Supporting Bank Statement – A bank statement dated within the last three months or a letter from the bank showing available funds. Financial verifications must state that at least the cost of your tuition and fees plus $1,000 per month. Please estimate $1,000 for 3 weeks, $2,000 for 6-8 weeks, and $3,000 for 9-12 weeks for living expenses. 

Living expenses are estimated at $1,000 per month. Please estimate $1,000 for 3 weeks, $2,000 for 6-8 weeks, and $3,000 for 9-12 weeks for living expenses. 


The Form I-20 including the dates the student is anticipated to be enrolled in UCLA Summer Sessions will be issued by the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) upon satisfactory completion of the requirements. 

  • Documents for I-20 request will need to be electronically scanned and saved in digital format to be uploaded via the online I-20 portal. They will not be accepted via e-mail, fax or mail under any circumstances.
  • DCISS will make reasonable efforts to mail each I-20 for a successfully completed application by the applicable deadline within 20 business days of receipt of all required documents. In accordance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program Policy Guidance, I-20s will be mailed directly to each student individually. 

I-20 Request Deadlines: 

May 3, 2020: For Academic Courses, Summer Intensive Studies, and College/Professional Summer Institutes that start before July 31, 2020

June 3, 2020: For Academic Courses, Summer Intensive Studies, and College/Professional Summer Institutes that start after July 31, 2020

Requests made after the deadline cannot be processed in time for consular appointments and legal entry into the United States.

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