Academic Courses: International Students


ACADEMIC COURSES:

INTERNATIONAL

STUDENTS

All international (non-immigrant) students coming to the United States with the primary intention of studying are required to obtain the F-1 Student Visa, and must maintain full-time enrollment of at least eight (8) units per session throughout the entire program.

In order to apply for the F-1 Student Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country, you need to receive the Form I-20 (also known as Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) from UCLA Summer Sessions. This form will be issued by the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS).

Requesting the Form I-20

To receive the Form I-20 from UCLA you first must:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 8 units for the session(s) you will be attending;
  • Receive an email from DCISS within 48 hours with the link to the I-20 portal;
  • Complete the I-20 request and upload the following documents:
    • Passport Copy
    • Confidential Financial Statement (CFS)
    • Proof of Sufficient Funds
    • Proof of English Proficiency

I-20 Request Deadlines:

Session A: May 3rd
Session C: June 3rd


Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for the I-20 processing after uploading all required documents and submitting the I-20 request. When ready, your I-20 will be shipped via FedEx International Priority Mail.

If you will be transferring your I-20 to UCLA, please contact the F-1 advisor at your current school and request the release of your SEVIS record to UCLA.

The presentation below will walk you through the steps on how to request the Form I-20.

Click "Present" and open full screen. Use the arrows on the bottom of the page to navigate the presentation.


Getting your F-1 Visa

After receiving the Form I-20 from UCLA Summer Sessions, you can:

  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate;
  • Pay the application fee and gather the required documents;
  • Pay the SEVIS Fee at www.fmjfee.com at least 3 days before your visa interview.

Canadian citizens are NOT required to visit the U.S. Embassy, but ARE required to complete the I-20 request, pay the SEVIS fee and have it recorded before arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry.

For up-to-date information, please visit the Department of State website.

F-1 Regulations

To maintain legal F-1 student status at UCLA, you are required to:

  • Complete the mandatory visa check-in within one week upon your arrival to the United States;
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (8 units per session) and earn a passing grade in all your courses;
  • Have health insurance for the duration of your studies;
  • Maintain a valid passport;
  • Get DCISS approval for any temporary travel outside of the U.S;
  • Accept no employment without consulting with an F-1 advisor at DCISS;
  • Notify DCISS before you transfer to another U.S. school;
  • Leave the U.S. or transfer to another U.S. school within sixty (60) days after the completion of your program.



For your convenience, you can download the Pre-Departure Check-List, which will help you plan your summer experience.

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

SESSION C
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)