Who can attend UCLA Summer Sessions?
Summertime at UCLA is unique in that it is the only time when non-matriculated students may take advantage of all that UCLA has to offer. University students from all over the world, highly motivated high school students, working professionals, members of the community, and alumni may attend. Summertime is when UCLA opens its doors!
Students wishing to enroll in Session A or C academic courses must be at least 15 years of age before September 1, 2015. Potential students are not, however, required to be enrolled in an academic institution in order to participate in UCLA Summer Sessions.
Do I need to submit my transcript, SAT, or TOEFL scores for admission to UCLA Summer Sessions?
UCLA has an open enrollment policy during summer. Students are not asked to submit transcripts or SAT scores.
International students wishing to take courses instructed in English must demonstrate proficiency in English. For more information, please view our English Proficiency FAQ section by selecting "International Students" on the left hand side.
International students wishing to take only English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not required to fulfill English Proficiency.
How do I register and enroll?
Continuing UCLA students and newly admitted UCLA students who have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to the university may enroll via MyUCLA. Non-UCLA students must first register on the Summer Sessions Registration Form. A non-refundable payment of $150 ($400 for international students) is required before registration is processed. Once registration is complete, visiting students will receive access to MyUCLA in order to enroll.
I already submitted the registration form and need to pay the deposit. How can I pay?
You can easily retrieve your registration by clicking here, without the need of resubmitting your information.You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address.
Once the deposit has been paid, you will receive your University ID (UID) number and you can begin your summer enrollment on MyUCLA
How many classes can I take during the summer?
UCLA College of Letters and Science students and graduate students may enroll in up to 18 units through MyUCLA. Undergraduates from other UCLA schools may enroll in up to 16 units. UCLA undergraduates wishing to enroll in more units must obtain approval from their college or school.
Non-UCLA students may enroll in up to 18 units through MyUCLA. Non-UCLA students wishing to enroll in more units should submit a Student Update Form to the UCLA Summer Sessions Office in 1331 Murphy Hall.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
High school students taking college-level courses may not exceed 10 units* (approximately two courses) in any summer term. High school students must petition to take more than two courses or to exceed 10 units. Contact email@example.com for more information.
*Language Intensive courses listed on the pre-approved course list for high school students exceed 10 units and are permissible for high school students without the need to complete a petition.
What is considered full-time study during Summer Sessions and how does it affect UCLA financial aid?
For visiting international students, enrollment in 8 units constitutes full-time study.
Where financial aid is concerned, current UCLA students need to be enrolled in a minimum of half-time (6 units for undergraduates, 4 units for graduates) in order to be eligible for summer aid. Some undergraduate programs (Federal Pell Grant, ACG, SMART Grant and Summer University Grant) require enrollment in 12 units to receive full eligibility. The UCLA Financial Aid Office will review all units at the end of the third week of each UCLA Summer Session in order to determine final eligibility for summer aid. Students who are not enrolled in the required number of units will be billed.
Students should be aware that they are responsible for accurately reporting their unit load to Financial Aid. A student who changes the unit load may incur penalties. For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.
What if I don't like the course I've selected?
You may drop summer courses through MyUCLA and receive a refund of course fees if the course(es) is dropped BEFORE the refund deadline*. Please view our calendar and refund policy before dropping any courses:
Changes in your study list may increase your charges. View your BruinBill account on MyUCLA after every enrollment transaction.
*$150 is nonrefundable at all times ($400 for international students).
I'll be on vacation for a week of the session. Can I just make up what I've missed?
No. Summer courses are regular ten-week courses compressed into six weeks, so missing any portion of the course will put you at a great disadvantage. It is crucial to attend all of the course meetings.
What if I'm not doing well in my course?
Ask for help. UCLA Summer Sessions wants you to succeed. Please let your professor or teaching assistant know that you are having difficulty with the material and they will be able to help you. Every professor and teaching assistant is required to have an office hour every week. Utilize office hours to get the questions you have answered. If you need to drop the course, be sure to follow all deadlines and procedures for doing so.
What if I cannot attend the final exam?
You must let the professor know well in advance and see if other arrangements can be made. The professor is not required to schedule an alternate exam time to accommodate your needs. A course may not be dropped or removed from your record if you take the final exam.
Will taking UCLA courses in the summer help me get into UCLA or the UC system?
High school students and potential transfer students who take college-level work at UCLA will certainly make their application for UCLA more competitive. But, other than that, attending UCLA Summer Sessions does not give you an advantage for getting into UCLA.
Can I audit a course?
Unfortunately, there is no audit status available for Summer Sessions. Due to the high demand for summer classes from UCLA and visiting students, we have to limit participation to those who have enrolled.
How long are Summer Sessions?
Academic courses are offered during Session A and Session C. Session A begins on June 22 and Session C begins on August 3. While the majority of courses are 6-weeks long, a small number of courses during Session A last for 8-10 weeks. If you are interested in a course that is offered during Session A, please be sure to check the Schedule of Classes to verify the course length. All Session C courses are 6-weeks long.
The course I wish to take has a requisite and/or course restriction. Can I take it?
Please visit the Schedule of Classes for a full course description. You can view all requisite and course restrictions by clicking a course’s 9-digit ID number.
Current UCLA students must have completed any and all requisite courses before the start of the summer term. If you plan on taking the requisite course(s) during the winter or spring prior to the summer, you may enroll through the department offering the course.
If you have had experience comparable to the listed requisite, you may enroll. Please read the description of the course you intend to take before enrolling to decide if it is an appropriate course for you to take. Transcripts or proof of completion of a requisite course is not required for visiting Summer Sessions students.
Do I ever have to come to campus for an online course? Is the online course at a specific time?
If the Online Schedule of Classes lists the building as “ONLINE”, the course will be completed entirely online and you will not need to come to campus for the class or the final. If the course however has a lecture or discussion with a building and room listed, you will need to come to campus for that portion of the course.
Unless the schedule indicates a specific time for the lecture and/or discussion, the course can be taken at your leisure within the session dates.
The course I wish to take currently has a wait list. How does the wait list work?
You may use MyUCLA to place yourself on the wait list for a course. If an enrolled student or a student ahead of you on the wait list drops the course, you will be automatically moved up on the wait list. If you are the first person on the wait list and space opens up in the course, you will be automatically enrolled.
You will not be notified if you are moved from the wait list into the course therefore please check your enrollment status periodically on MyUCLA.
If you are not enrolled into the course by the end of the first week, you will be automatically dropped from the waitlist and will receive a full refund for the waitlisted course.
What is a PTE number? Do I need one to enroll?
A Permission to Enroll (PTE) number grants you the ability to add a course that you are not eligible to enroll in. You may not be eligible to enroll in a course if the course is full, requisite courses have not yet been satisfied (UCLA students only), or if the course is not open the your major, etc. If you do not know why you are being restricted from enrolling in a course, you may contact UCLA Summer Sessions at (310) 825-4101.
PTE numbers can only be obtained from the instructor or academic department offering the course and are only given under specific circumstances.
Are there any summer courses that visiting students cannot take?
A small handful of summer courses are restricted to UCLA students only. These courses include (but are not limited to) CHEM 14BL, CHEM 14C, CHEM 14CL, and ENG COMP 3.
What are Summer Institutes?
Summer Institutes are developed from courses that are already part of UCLA’s regular curriculum to provide more in depth coverage of a subject area and hands-on experience in an intensive and holistic format. Upon completion, all courses that constitute the program’s curriculum will be listed on an official UCLA transcript with grades for each. Precollege Summer Institutes are designed for advanced high school students who wish to gain academically challenging college-level experience, while College/Professional Summer Institutes deliver instruction that go beyond the traditional classroom in film and television, architecture, media, industrial research and more.
How do I register for a Summer Institute?
Registration for Summer Institutes will open for all students on February 1 here.
Applicants will complete our online registration form. After the registration form is submitted, you will be prompted to pay your nonrefundable deposit*. If you are not prepared to submit your nonrefundable deposit, you may retrieve your registration at another time. Please note, your space in the program is not reserved until payment is received.
*If the program you are registering for requires instructor consent, you will not be prompted to pay the nonrefundable deposit until consent is received. Students who are granted consent into a Summer Institute program will be notified via email.
How do I retrieve my registration to make changes or upload documents?
Please retrieve your registration here and enter your registration number, found in the subject line of your welcome e-mail, to retrieve your application.
How do I switch to a different program?
If you would like to switch into a different program, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the five-digit registration number, the student's first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.
How do I drop my Summer Institute program?
You can drop your program by retrieving your registration here. You will need the five-digit registration number you received via email. Once you retrieve your registration, select “Drop My Program” on the left hand side of the webpage. Please note that in the event that you withdraw from an institute program, $150 ($400 for international students) is nonrefundable*.
*After May 1, the full fee for the program is no longer refundable if the program is dropped.
I want to add a second program. Do I have to complete another registration form?
If you would like to add additional programs, please contact our office at email@example.com with the five-digit registration number, the student's first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.
Which programs require instructor consent?
• Acting and Performance Summer Institute
• Art Summer Institute
• Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute
• Nanoscale Microscopy Lab Summer Institute
• Nanoscience Lab Summer Institute
• Sci|Art Nanolab Summer Institute
• Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute
• Film and Television Summer Institute
All other Summer Institutes are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program I wish to take is by instructor consent only. How do I complete the consent portion of registration?
If your program requires a short essay, your essay question(s) will be on page 3 of your registration form. Programs that require a short essay include:
• Teen ArchStudio Summer Institute
• Film and Television Summer Institute
Your program may ask for a resume, letter of recommendation, or example of your work. These documents can be uploaded online. Required documents do not have to be uploaded at the time registration. If you do not have your documents ready, you can retrieve registration here and upload at another time. However, please note that your application will not be considered until your documents have been uploaded and some programs may have a time limit on how long you can wait to submit documents. Programs that require additional documents include:
• Art Summer Institute
• Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute
Do I receive any credit?
Yes, all Summer Institutes offer college credit on an official UCLA transcript. Please view the Grades and Transcripts FAQ page more information.
The Summer Institute I wish to take currently has a wait list. How does the wait list work?
To place yourself on the wait list for a Summer Institute, please complete the Summer Institutes registration form. After completing the registration form, if the program is closed, you will be automatically placed on the wait list. If you registered when the program was still open but did not pay the nonrefundable deposit, you can place yourself on the wait list by retrieving your registration. If an enrolled student or a student ahead of you on the wait list drops the Summer Institute, you will automatically be moved up on the wait list. If you are number 1 on the wait list and a space becomes available, you will be emailed with instructions on how to pay the nonrefundable deposit (full fees if after May 1). You will have 72 business hours to make payment. If payment is not received within that window, your space will be forfeited and offered to the next person on the wait list.