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Academic Programs


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 of this catalog.

The International Education Office, Summer Sessions, UCLA Extension, and UCLA International Institute provide academic and professional resources to UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community, as well as to the international community.

Study Abroad

Study abroad and student exchange are exciting and broadening experiences that enrich any educational curriculum. The International Education Office (IEO) works to facilitate international education by serving as the campuswide portal for the development and administration of study abroad and student exchange activity. It supplies assistance to academic units seeking to develop study abroad programs, and it collaborates with the Academic Senate and departments to ensure academic oversight of study abroad programs. The IEO also coordinates student advising services for undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad.

The IEO administers several programs, including the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), Summer Travel Study, Non-UC Programs, and various student exchange agreements.

Education Abroad Program

The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers short- and long-term study programs in cooperation with over 115 host universities and colleges in more than 42 countries throughout the world. Participating students remain registered at their home campuses while studying abroad and receive full academic credit for their work. With careful planning, study abroad should not delay progress toward graduation. While on EAP, students are eligible for financial aid.

Summer Travel Study

Summer Travel Study offers short-term summer programs on five different continents. Summer Travel Study programs offer UC credit, the promise of an exciting summertime adventure, and intensive learning experiences taught by distinguished UCLA faculty members. Over 20 academic departments offer Summer Travel Study programs that include from 8 to 16 quarter units of UC credit. Financial aid is available for qualified UC students. Registration begins in November for the following summer on a first-come, first-served basis. Summer Travel Study is open to all students at any academic level. There is no grade-point average requirement to participate.

Non-UC Programs

Students may also study abroad through other universities and programs not affiliated with UCLA. The IEO strongly recommends that all students considering non-UC programs contact the IEO early in the planning process about UCLA policies on planned academic leave (PAL), transfer credit, financial support, and more. UC financial aid is not available for study abroad on non-UC programs.

Summer Sessions

Throughout the summer, UCLA offers three ways to earn UCLA credit—academic courses, summer institutes, and travel study. More than 1,000 courses from over 70 departments are offered in six-, eight-, nine-, and 10-week sessions. Summer institutes offer an innovative approach to teaching and learning that combines UCLA coursework with practical training in real-world situations, preparing students for their future careers. Some programs are offered in an intensive format, specifically for advanced high school students, affording them an opportunity to experience the academic rigor of UCLA. Travel study programs offer the option to study various subjects as part of an exciting and challenging travel experience. Many students take advantage of summer sessions to put themselves closer to graduation, explore possibilities, and broaden perspectives.

Although visiting students are welcome to enroll, admission to summer sessions does not constitute admission to the University in either undergraduate or graduate standing. Students who wish to attend UCLA in regular academic terms must follow admission procedures described in the Undergraduate Study and Graduate Study chapters of this catalog.

Regularly enrolled UCLA undergraduate students may attend summer sessions for full unit and grade credit. Summer sessions work is recorded on the UCLA transcript, and grades earned are computed in the grade-point average. Check with a College or school counselor about applying these courses toward degree requirements and about any limitations the College or school may impose on summer sessions study. UCLA financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students.

Regularly enrolled UCLA graduate students may, with department approval, take courses offered in summer sessions for credit toward a master’s or doctorate degree; consult a graduate adviser in advance about this possibility. Summer sessions courses may also satisfy the academic residence requirement for master’s or doctorate degrees.

Unlike enrollment in regular terms, students may attend another college institution for credit while they are enrolled in summer sessions. Registration information is available from the Summer Sessions office.

UCLA Extension

With over 90,000 adult student enrollments each year, UCLA Extension is one of the largest university continuing education programs in the world. It is designed to bring the benefits of the University—its scholars, research, and resources—to the community and the state as a whole.

Many of the 5,300 UCLA Extension classes are innovative and experimental in content, format, and teaching methods. Credit and noncredit courses are offered in nearly every academic discipline, in many interdisciplinary areas, and in emerging fields.

In addition, Extension offers special programs each term on topical issues as well as those of ongoing public concern. Many noncredit Extension courses offer the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), widely used for relicensure and other professional/career-related purposes.

Although registering for Extension courses does not constitute admission to UCLA, degree credit earned through Extension may apply toward the UCLA bachelor’s or master’s degree; consult a College or school counselor or graduate adviser before enrolling. For more information, refer to UCLA Extension under Transfer Credit in the Academic Policies chapter of this catalog.

UCLA International Institute

The UCLA International Institute promotes interdisciplinary education and research on global and area studies. The institute offers six undergraduate majors including global studies and international development studies, as well as ten undergraduate minors and three graduate programs. Its academic programs enroll nearly 1,000 students and graduate 400 to 450 each year. The institute’s more than 25 centers and programs foster innovative multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities in virtually every region of the world. Together with its centers, the institute serves the entire campus through a wide range of academic events, scholarships, and grants. And it brings together globally and regionally focused UCLA faculty, departments, professional schools, and research centers in collaborative initiatives to address pressing world challenges such as climate change, global health issues, migration patterns, and the role of nonstate actors.

The U.S. Department of Education has designated institute programs in East Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia as National Resource Centers. Its specialized center for heritage language teaching is the nation’s first National Heritage Language Research Center. The institute also houses topical centers, including the Burkle Center for International Relations and the Center for the Study of International Migration. Other programs include the Fulbright Enrichment Program; and the International Visitors Bureau, which hosts almost 700 international educational and professional visitors each year.

A gateway to the world for UCLA and the global city of Los Angeles, the International Institute and its centers organize a robust schedule of free public events, along with research conferences, cultural programs, and K-12 outreach. The Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement oversees the institute; promotes international education, the UCLA global branch, and partnerships worldwide; and manages more than 350 formal University research, teaching, and student exchange agreements.

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