UCLA has a tradition of advancing higher education and the common good through excellence in scholarship, research, and public service. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of the UCLA experience. The College of Letters and Science and 12 graduate and professional schools present an extraordinary richness and diversity of teaching programs.
Academic programs offered at UCLA span the breadth and depth of over 200 disciplines and areas of study. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, research, and creative courses are supplemented by seminars, honors programs, specialized freshman clusters, internships, and education abroad opportunities. Instruction takes place in many unique venues, including specialized classrooms, computer and scientific laboratories, performance and studio spaces, and off-campus settings. Students and faculty members themselves mirror the cultural and racial diversity of Los Angeles. Academic programs are described in detail in the Curricula and Courses chapter.
The International Education Office, Summer Sessions, UCLA Extension, and UCLA International Institute offer academic and professional resources to UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community, as well as to the international community.