UCLA is home to Nobel Laureates and MacArthur Fellows, pioneers and innovators, and leaders of the next generation. Our tradition of excellence starts with our academic rigor, which will challenge you to think critically and to consider new global perspectives. From introductory courses to multidisciplinary Summer Institutes, UCLA Summer Sessions courses and programs can help you reach your academic and professional goals.
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UCLA is a community — a community of ideas, respect, and optimism. We build equity for all and take pride in the extraordinary diversity of our community. UCLA has a long history of providing opportunities for students from around the globe. Students from over 100 countries and US students from all 50 states make up our global student body.
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Among UCLA’s alumni and faculty are scholars recognized around the world for their discoveries, innovations, and contributions to nearly every field, from physics and economics to dance and anthropology. As a Bruin, you’ll learn from (and alongside) some of the brightest minds in your field of study.
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Featured Summer Courses and Programs
Voiceover Camera Acting Summer InstituteUnits: 2
Tell a story using your voice in the voiceover environment and on camera. Learn the technical components of acting for the microphone and the camera while gaining hands-on experience on content for a demo reel and self-tape audition.
Stage Management Summer InstituteUnits: 4
If you dream of performing on Broadway or in an award-winning film, advance your training! Learn performance technique to exhibit in a final stage performance.
Big Data for Justice Summer InstituteUnits: 8
Learn to manage, market, and leverage finances for a global entertainment and media enterprise.
Film and Television Summer Institute – Film ProductionUnits: 13
An intensive program that shapes the filmmakers of tomorrow in the heart of Los Angeles.
Python for Economics and Finance Summer InstituteUnits: 4
This course is a basic introduction to Python for basic data exploration, analysis, and visualization. Students will learn about data types and focus on analysis through a hands-on approach.
Social Welfare Summer Leadership InstituteUnits: 6
Designed to provide you with access to being a leader and to the effective exercise of leadership as your natural self-expression.
Content Creation & Scriptwriting Summer InstituteUnits: 4
Classes in web writing, screenwriting, playwriting, improv, and sketch comedy allow students to create stories that can be shared across all entertainment mediums.
Design Innovation Summer Institute & Costume DesignUnits: 3
Gain hands-on experience in research, sketching costumes, and creating mood boards and color palettes.
Nanoscale Microscopy Lab Summer InstituteUnits: 2
Learn about scientific imaging, fluorescence microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and electron microscopy. This program provides a foundational knowledge to a key element in the scientific method of observation.
Political Science Summer InstituteUnits: 5
An introduction to American politics that will develop your critical thinking & writing skills, and expose you to the myriad careers one can pursue with a Political Science degree.
Adventures Await in Los Angeles and Beyond
UCLA is a vital part of the fast-paced, global city of Los Angeles. You’ll find Los Angeles to be a hub of culture, technology, and entertainment with a fascinating history and rich heritage.
Experience the world-class art capital that houses the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Broad, the Hammer Museum at UCLA, and many more. Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall or see a show at the Hollywood Bowl, an iconic outdoor venue. Or take advantage of the unique opportunity to glimpse at the creative and business sides of the entertainment industry. LA is also a mecca for foodies, with everything from Michelin starred restaurants to food trucks. Taste LA’s dynamic energy and multiculturalism.
Outdoors & Wellness
Enjoy the stunning Southern California weather that is perfect for outdoor activities, including hiking in Griffith Park, cycling in Venice Beach, and surfing in Malibu.
UCLA’s on-campus housing is situated in the heart of university life and is just a short walk away from classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and sports facilities. Whether you choose to live in the UCLA residential community or off-campus, you will have a home away from home at UCLA with access to additional resources and support right where you live.