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Precollege Summer Institutes

Earn college credit while advancing your skills in an area of study

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Where classroom knowledge meets real-world experience

As the only official academic precollege programs offered by UCLA, Precollege Summer Institutes provide motivated and driven high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in one to three weeks while advancing their academic career and abilities in an area of study of their interest. Through co-curricular components including hands-on projects and performances, field visits, and guest lectures, students receive a comprehensive and immersive study of their chosen subject that goes beyond classroom instruction. Our Precollege Summer Institutes are open to high school students from around the world. We invite you to join our diverse and inclusive UCLA community full of respect, ideas, and optimism.

Please visit the Precollege Summer Institute Bruin Guide for more information.


Applications will open on February 15.

2024 Precollege Summer Institutes

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Art Summer Institute

June 24, 2024 – July 6, 2024
Mandatory Housing
July 7, 2024 – July 20, 2024
July 22, 2024 – August 2, 2024
Hone your artistic skills in areas such as painting, drawing, photography, video art, sculpture, or artistic voice. Sessions include studio work, lectures, presentations, and a final art exhibition.
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Camera Acting Summer Institute

Mandatory Housing
June 30, 2024 – July 13, 2024
July 14, 2024 – July 27, 2024
July 28, 2024 – August 10, 2024
Learn the process of relating to the camera lens and approaches to understanding a script to prepare for and connect in an audition. You’ll learn the technical components of acting for the camera while writing and filming your own content, including self-tapes.

Economics Summer Institute

June 24, 2024 – July 12, 2024
July 15, 2024 – August 5, 2024
Expand your knowledge of critical economic issues affecting the United States and the world at one of the top-ranked economics departments in the world! Learn economic policy and analysis while building your data analysis skills.
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Game Lab Summer Institute

July 8, 2024 – July 19, 2024
Mandatory Housing
July 21, 2024 – August 3, 2024
August 4, 2024 – August 17, 2024
Create games and game art that express a personal artistic vision through technological expertise. Learn the foundations of game aesthetics, context, and genres in the game development process.
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Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute

Mandatory Housing
July 21, 2024 – July 27, 2024
July 28, 2024 – August 3, 2024
July 22, 2024 – July 26, 2024
July 29, 2024 – August 2, 2024
In collaboration with the California NanoSystems Institute, explore technologies and diverse topics of bio-toxicity, supercapacitors, and photolithography. Designed for students with a strong science foundation in chemistry, physics, and biology.
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Scholarship opportunities available for California high school students

Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in Spring 2020 in California are eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need and merit based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.