Academic Courses: International Students




All international students requesting the Form I-20 from UCLA Summer Sessions are required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

UCLA accepts the following:

TOEFL - minimum score of 79 (iBT) or 550 (PBT)
IELTS - minimum score of 6.5
iTEP - minimum score of 5
CAE/CPE - Level C1 A, B, and C

English proficiency documents are valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance.


Citizens from any of the following countries are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom

If you are an International Baccalaureates or currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English, you may submit an official transcript or verification of enrollment from your school for consideration of granting an exception.

English Language Courses

International students who want to improve their English skills during the summer are invited to enroll in English Language Courses.

While intermediate language proficiency is required, there is no minimum score requirement.

The program defines "intermediate" as having had two years of solid foundational English coursework, whereby students understand conversational and academic English beyond basic structures and vocabulary, read intermediate level texts, and are able to write cohesive paragraphs and essays.

Communication Courses

These courses are open to all levels of English proficiency: 

COMM 1A: Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers

COMM 1B: Learning American English and Culture from Movies

English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

The ESL program helps students to enhance their academic and professional skills to improve job performance and prepare for university work. Student must have intermediate to advanced English language proficiency to enroll in these courses. All students will be required to take a placement examination on the first day of classes.

ESL 20: Conversation and Fluency

ESL 21: Pronunciation

ESL 22: Public Speaking

ESL 23: American Culture through Film

ESL 24: Preparation for American University

ESL 25: Academic Reading and Writing

ESL 26: Business Communication: Speaking

ESL 27: Business Communication: Writing

ESL 97A: Variable Topics in ESL

ESL 105: Advanced Grammar and Style

6-week: June 24 - August 2
8-week: June 24 - August 16
10-week: June 24 - August 30

August 5 - September 13

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session A)

MAY 3: I-20 Request Deadline (Session A)

MAY 17: Full Payment Due (Enrollment before May 17)

JUNE 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session C)

JUNE 3: I-20 Request Deadline (Session C)

JUNE 21: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session A)

JUNE 21: Full Payment Due (Enrolled May 18 – June 22)

JUNE 28: Impacted Course Refund and Drop Deadline (Session A)

JULY 5: Nonimpacted Course Refund Deadline (Session A)

JULY 19: Grading Basis Change Deadline (Session A, 6wk)

AUGUST 2: iStart Orientation Deadline (Session C)

AUGUST 2: Full Payment Due (Session C, Enrolled June 21 – August 2)

AUGUST 9: Impacted Course Refund and Drop Deadline (Session C)

AUGUST 16: Nonimpacted Course Refund Deadline (Session C)

AUGUST 30: Grading Basis Change Deadline (Session C)