Summer Institutes


UCLA is home to world-class academic and research programs, and its resources include extensive libraries, athletic facilities, and cultural events.

Developed from courses that are already part of UCLA’s regular curriculum, Summer Institutes offer the breadth and depth of UCLA's academic rigor in an intensive, holistic format that allows you to share a unique hands-on learning experience. Upon completion, all courses that constitute each Summer Institute program’s curriculum will be listed on an official UCLA transcript.

Our Summer Institutes are open to students from around the country and the world , as well as UCLA students, and we invite you to come and study in a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and global perspectives.

For a full list of 2019 Summer Institute programs and to view their current registration status and availability, please access one of the program availability pages below:

Precollege Summer Institute - Program Availability page

College/Professional Summer Institute - Program Availability page

If you are an international student who would require a visa to participate in UCLA Summer Sessions, please note that not all Summer Institutes are eligible for an F-1 visa. Programs that do not meet F-1 visa eligibility are indicated with * or **. If you are interested in any of those programs, please be sure to consult your local US embassy/consulate for visa options prior to registering as an I-20 form may not be issued.


The Film and Television Summer Institute's Creative Producing track includes an internship component and is not open to international students. All other tracks, however, are F-1 visa eligible.


Precollege Summer Institutes

Precollege Summer Institutes are designed for advanced high school students who wish to gain academically challenging college-level experience.

High school students who are 14 years of age or older by the first day of summer may participate in our Precollege Summer Institutes. If you do not meet the age requirement but wish to participate in one of the programs, please contact us at
Most of our programs offer mandatory housing.

* Not eligible for an F-1 visa

Summer Institute registration now open!

High School Students enrolling in a Precollege Summer Institute are not eligible to apply for the F-1 student visa. Students enrolling in a less than full-time precollege program MAY attend the program on the Visitor (B) Visa. However, UCLA strongly recommends that students consult with their local U.S. Embassy / Consulate for more information regarding visa requirements.

College/Professional Summer Institutes

College/Professional Summer Institutes help pave the way towards a successful career through in-depth, hands-on learning experiences that go beyond traditional classroom instruction.

All programs except Jumpstart Summer Institute and Big Data for Justice Summer Institute coincide with the UCLA summer housing periods, and their participants are eligible for UCLA on- or off-campus housing through UCLA Housing Services.

** Not eligible for an F-1 visa

± Program open to rising high school seniors

Summer Institute registration now open!