Managing Enterprise in Media, Entertainment, and Sports Summer Institute

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.

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.

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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 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.

English Requirements

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.



BruinCare coverage includes visits to the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center on campus, and covers basic services. Students must show their BruinCards or provide their 9-digit UID with a valid form of ID to receive services. Please note that some services are not covered under the Summer BruinCare plan. For more details on fees, please see Fees and Eligibility.

Except in the case of a serious emergency, students must always visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health Center on campus first. If it is necessary to go to the hospital, an Ashe Center representative will refer them for further treatment.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield (PPO)

Blue Cross/Blue Shield (provided by Relation Insurance Services) covers students for scheduled doctor’s visits and emergency care anywhere in the United States.  For more information, please visit The Plan Snapshot summarizes the insurance plan coverage and the booklet How to Use Your Plan gives detailed information on how the plan works. Coverage encompasses Summer Session A and Summer Session C. Specific dates will be emailed to the students before the program starts.

Please be aware that many U.S. medical institutions do not accept health insurance policies from other countries. In addition, the cost of health care in the U.S. can be extremely high.

Insurance ID Card

Insurance ID cards are sent by GEOBLUE via email before the beginning of the program. After receiving the email, you may set up an account at to access your ID card anytime and locate participating providers.

For questions regarding ID cards, please contact Relation Insurance Services at 1-800-537-1777 or

Important Dates

APRIL 1-30: Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Available

MAY 1: Full Payment due for All Summer Institutes

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes