In 1919, UCLA became the second campus founded in the University of California system. Since then, UCLA has grown into a world-renowned research university and an athletic powerhouse. Throughout its existence, this university has produced Nobel Prize Winners, Guggenheim Fellows, National Academy of Sciences Members, accomplished artists, musicians, and Olympians. Therefore, it is no wonder that UCLA is the most applied-to school in the United States. As an international student, you have the opportunity to take courses through UCLA Extension or the College of Letters and Science.
Why study at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension (UNEX)?
UCLA Extension offers full certificate programs in a number of specialized fields and topics, such as Marketing, Engineering, Finance, and Screenwriting. Many of these certificate programs include an internship, which offers the perfect combination between a proper academic background and valuable work experience. This specialized knowledge and training in a given field not only enhances a CV, but also prepares students for continuing education or the workforce.
If you do not wish to complete a full certificate program, you also have the option to study abroad for one or two semesters. As a study abroad student, you can take courses from either UCLA Extension, the UCLA College of Letters and Science, or both. In doing so, you may be able to transfer the completed credits to your home university with prior permission.
UCLA is one of the most recognized and highly esteemed universities in the United States. Second only to Berkeley, its sister campus, UCLA is one of the top public universities in the country. The university receives high marks in various capacities, including academic excellence, academic reputation, research accomplishments, library resources, and notable alumni. Each year, the university climbs higher in the rankings to compete with other prestigious universities, both public and private. Certainly, UCLA already leads consistently in one category. As mentioned previously, UCLA receives the most applications of any institution in the nation. Of course, the university is highly desirable for its location, its academic excellence, and its active student life. Most recently, UCLA ranked 37th in the QS World University Rankings, 8th in its Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and 12th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong.
Main Areas of Study
Through UCLA Extension, students can earn certificates in a range of specialties, including, but not limited to, Architecture and Interior Design, Design and Communication Arts, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, International Trade and Commerce, Marketing, Music Production, Real Estate, Journalism, Cinematography, Film Scoring, and Sustainability. Within the College of Letters and Science, students can enroll in a variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences, as long as they meet the pre-requisites for the specific courses. Please note that courses in Economics and Psychology are limited, as they are already in high demand for existing students.
Student Life at the University of California, Los AngelesUCLA sits on a huge campus at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. The campus is located only 5 miles from the ocean and is bordered by the famous Sunset Boulevard to the north.
The UCLA campus is so beautiful and majestic that it attracts hundreds of weekly visitors, especially during the spring and summer months. Two iconic buildings, Royce Hall and Powell Library, are two of UCLA’s original structures. This beautiful architecture, along with the daily sunlight, make walking to class a pleasant routine. Apart from its apparent beauty, you should also note that UCLA is a very safe campus. The university has its own 24-hour police department to ensure student safety, as well as Community Service Officers that are available to walk you home late at night. However, UCLA students are quite active, so you will rarely walk outside without seeing many people around. In this sense, the university never sleeps. UCLA Extension is also located in the Westwood Village area, so it quite integrated into the general student and campus community.
UCLA offers excellent leisure, dining, and academic facilities to its students. As a UCLA student, you can exercise at the John Wooden Center, sunbathe at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, study in all campus libraries, hang out in Ackerman Student Union, purchase supplies from the Associated Students Store, and enjoy all campus restaurants. UCLA Extension Certificate Students must obtain a student BruinCard identification upon arrival in order to access some of these facilities. Additionally, the UCLA campus is also the home of the Pauley Pavilion, a brand-new basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics arena. During the university’s athletic events, you will always find Pauley Pavilion filled with cheering students and fans. UCLA students are very supportive of their athletic teams, which is an important part of the American college experience. In fact, the UCLA football team plays every home game at the famous Rose Bowl arena. With a maximum occupancy of 90,000, the stadium is full during every season game.
Though UCLA has campus dormitories, it is more common for international students to live off-campus. Similarly, most local students prefer the independence of living off-campus after their first one or two years. The surrounding Westwood neighborhoods have many private apartment rentals and cooperative housing options for you to choose from. You will see that student renters dominate this entire area, so the atmosphere is quite young and fun. The UCLA Community Housing Office (CHO) is a great resource.
Apply to the University of California, Los AngelesWhether you plan to take courses through UCLA Extension or through the College of Letters and Science, be sure to gather all necessary application components.
Application Components (Study Abroad)
- Application form
- University transcript in original language and translated into English
- Financial certification (verification of bank funds and sponsor statement)
- Completed Study Plan with at least ten desired courses
- Letter of recommendation from home institution, department, or academic advisor.
- Statement of purpose written in English and explaining how the program meets the applicant’s educational and career goals. The statement should not exceed two typed pages.
- Photocopy of passport
Application Components (UNEX Certificate)
- Application form
- Official copy of high school or college transcripts in original language and translated into English
- Completed bank endorsement or official bank letter and sponsor letter
- Copy of official TOEFL score (school code:4910-000) or official IELTS score (less than two years old from the test date)
- Copy of payment receipt
- One passport-size photo
- A photocopy of passport
If you are interested in attending UCLA, please contact our study advisors, the University's official representative in the Nordic countries. KILROY will help you with all your questions, application form, and practical information.