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#summer programs for high school kids at US universities: UCLA

This summer programs offer high school students two ways to experience UCLA. You can enroll in lower-division college-level classes where you will study alongside UCLA students and earn college credits or you can choose from among more than a dozen Institutes designed for high school students.

College-level courses


Jan 15 Institutes registration opens (Stem Cell Science opens March 1)
Mar 1 College-level courseregistration opens
Jun 24 First day of Session A
Aug 5 First day of Session C

College level Courses: a wide selection of options available here


2013 Summer Sessions Schedule
Start Date End Date
Session A 6-week June 24 August 2
Session A 8-week June 24 August 16
Session A 9-week June 24 August 23
Session A 10-week June 24 August 30
Session B Travel Study
Session C – 6-week August 5 September 13
Session A Session C
Registration begins – UCLA Students February 1 February 1
Registration open to all students
$150 nonrefundable for non-U.C. students and online students
$400 nonrefundable for international students
March 1 March 1
Deadline to submit FAFSA for summer financial aid March 2 March 2
Summer Financial Aid Application available on theFinancial Aid Web site and due for priority consideration April 1 – May 1 April 1 – May 1
First day to obtain Student Parking Request forms fromParking and Commuter Services May 1 May 1
Enrollment before May 18:
Full payment due by 5:00 p.m. Please pay on URSA.
May 17 (non-UC students)June 21 (UC students) May 17 (non-UC students)June 21 (UC students)
Enrollment after May 18:
Full payment due by 5:00 p.m. Please pay on URSA.
June 21 June 21
Session begins June 24 August 5
Week 1
Last day to enroll without instructor’s approval or PTE number June 28 August 9
Last day to drop an impacted course on URSA and receive no notation on the transcript. June 28 August 9
Last day to drop an impacted course and receive a refund of 100% of course fees, IEI fees, and partial registration fees (see fee chart) June 28 August 9
Week 2
Last day to add course without $50 late fee July 5 (5:00 p.m.) August 16 (5:00 p.m.)
Last day to drop a non-impacted course and receive a refund of 100% of course fees, IEI fees, and partial registration fees (see fee chart) July 5 (5:00 p.m.) August 16 (5:00 p.m.)
Last day to change grading option:6-week session
8-week session
9-week session
10 -week session
July 19
July 26
August 2
August 2
August 30 (Week 4)
No Classes – Independence Day July 4
No Classes – Labor Day September 2
Session ends:6-week session
8-week session
9-week session
10-week session
August 2
August 16
August 23
August 30
September 13


UCLA Summer Sessions offers hundreds of courses in short-term intensive formats that are ideal for students visiting from other countries. You can get a fresh perspective in your chosen field, try out new subjects or simply develop your language skills. During summer, more than 1,300 international students study on our campus alongside UCLA students.

We invite you to join us in an environment that is welcoming and appreciative of international cultures and perspectives—in a city that is truly a global gateway.


Jan 15 Institutes registration opens
Mar 1 Summer registration opens for visiting students
Jun 24 First day of Session A
Aug 5 First day of Session C

There is no better place than UCLA, located at the crossroads of global culture, to begin building the foundation of knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. During the summer there is an exciting mix of UCLA students and visiting students from US and international universities and high schools.

Academic Courses – Choose from the best that UCLA has to offer! You can earn credits towards your degree by taking classes from award winning UCLA faculty in a variety of departments; From Engineering and Economics, to Musicology and Art History. Or take something completely different like the History of Rock-n-roll… The choice is yours!

Click here to view the 2013 schedule of classes!

ESL– Not quite ready for intensive study?  Summer Sessions also offers intermediate and advanced English language courses. Anyone can apply, whether you are still in high school or a seasoned professional looking to improve your English proficiency.

Click here for a detailed description of our English courses!


  1. International students may register for UCLA Summer Sessions through:
    • One of our registration centers, where staff members can assist in selecting classes, reserving on-campus housing, and obtaining health insurance. Fees are collected in local currency. Please refer to our list of international Registration Centers.
    • Or, by completing the Online Registration Form
  2. Create your URSA account and enroll in a minimum of 8 units
  3. Within a few days, you’ll receive an e-mail with instructions to complete the I-20 Request Form and upload your supplemental documents. We’ll send your I-20 in 10-15 business days.
  4. When your I-20 arrives in the mail, you’ll be ready to apply for the F-1 Visa at your local U.S. Embassy.


Summer Sessions Tuition is paid on a per unit basis.  This means that you will pay based on how many courses you enroll in and how many units (or credits) each course is worth. We report the fee structure for international studends. Here the link to tuitions for other students.

2013 International Student Tuition Rates

Registration Fee  (Includes$400 Non-refundable deposit)


Unit Fee


IEI Fees*


Health Insurance


* IEI fees are applied only to courses offered by the College of Letters and Sciences and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

International students are required to maintain at least 8 units. Below you can find a sample of what your total fees will look like for a 6-week session if you enroll in 9 units.

6-Week Session International Student Sample

Registration Fee


ESL 32 (4 Units)


ESL 35 (5 units)


IEI Fees


Health Insurance


Housing (Estimated)*


Total (Estimated)


* Housing based on 2013 rate for a triple room and 15 meals a week.  Rates can vary greatly based on student preferences.


Students attending Summer Sessions at UCLA are eligible to apply for housing in On-Campus or Off-Campus University Apartments. After you have created your UCLA logon ID and password and registered for classes, you will be eligible for housing. You can completed the registration form online through theHousing Office beginning in the middle of March.

If you purchase a summer contract for on-campus housing or the University Apartments, you will be assigned a room and matched randomly with a roommates. If you have a friend who will also be at UCLA you can request to room with them. Move-in information will be sent via email from Housing Services approximately two weeks prior to the start of your summer session contract.

Students Under the Age of 18
The Housing Office is not able to accommodate Summer Sessions students under the age of 16. Students who are 16 and 17 will be placed with other academically motivated high school students in a clustered living-learning environment within the regular residence halls. These high school students will live as independent college students with support from a trained UCLA residential adviser.

On-Campus Housing

Residence Hall (Rieber Hall)

Residence Hall rooms are shared by either two or three students. Each room is carpeted and includes a twin bed, desk, chair, bookcase, closet and drawer space for each student. Students live on coed floors with designated male and female community restrooms with private showers located on each floor. There is also cable TV and computer network connections in each room. Upon arrival, each resident is provided with one set of bed linens, a pillow, a blanket, and a towel and wash cloth for use during their summer. Things you might wish to bring include a radio, clock, fan, and additional towels. A refrigerator rental service is available to students when they arrive. Special events and activities are planned for residents throughout the summer, including movie nights, barbecues, dances, and organized trips to places of interest in the Southern California area.

Residential Suites (Saxon Suites)

The residential suites are fully furnished two-bedroom units without kitchens. Students share a living room and bathroom. Two people share a bedroom in the suite, with two bedrooms per suite. Suite bedrooms are shared by either two or three students. Each room is carpeted and includes a twin bed, desk, chair, bookcase, closet and drawer space for each student as well as chairs, coffee tables, and a sofa in the living room. Cable TV and computer network connections are availalbe in every room. Upon arrival, each resident is provided with one set of bed linens, a pillow, a blanket, a towel and wash cloth for use during their stay. Things you might wish to bring include a radio, clock, fan, and additional towels.

Dining Services 
The fees for Residence Hall and Residence Suites include meals at various student dining halls, which begin with dinner on the Sunday evening before classes start and end with breakfast on the last Saturday of check-out.

UCLA goes smoke-free in 2013!! Smoking in housing, classrooms and all campus facilities is prohibited.

Other Amenities 
A refrigerator rental service is available to students when they arrive; one small refrigerator no larger than 2 cu. ft. is allowed in each room. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located on each floor of the halls. If you choose to bring a television, basic cable television service is provided to all rooms.

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Off-Campus University Apartments
All University Apartments are fully furnished. Utilities included are: electricity, air conditioning, water, television, internet, and gas for cooking. Kitchens are fully equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and dishwasher. Bed linens, pillows, blankets pots and pans and kitchen utensils are not provided. Coin operated washers and dryers are available in each building, and every apartment has its own mailbox in the building lobby. Smoking is not permitted in university apartments and common areas.

Westwood Chateau and Glenrock West both have fitness rooms and rooftop patios.

Margan Apartments has a swimming pool.

Westwood Chateau, Glenrock West, or Margan Apartments
These apartment options are for residents who select a one or two-bedroom apartment. All kitchens are equipped with stoves, microwave ovens, and refrigerators for students to prepare meals.

Glenrock, Landfair, and Margan Apartments
Residents who select a one-person studio will be housed Glenrock West, Gayley Towers, or Margan Apartments.

Please note that air-conditioning is not available in all apartments.

Meal Options 
The fees for off-campus apartments do not include a meal plan. If you want to eat in the cafeteria, the BruinCard (see below), a debit-card program, is available for on-campus dining.

Parking is available on a space-available basis for an additional charge. Payment is due upon receipt of parking and residents are required to contract for parking for the same period of time as their summer contract.

Each apartment has its own private mailbox, located in the lobby.

Fees and Payment
2013 rates for all housing and meal plan options are available at:

All payments housing payments will be made directly to Housing Services via the students URSA account.

Please consult the Housing Services website for full details regarding fees and deadlines for cancellations.

Contacting Housing Services 
Have questions? Visit to view a database of frequently asked questions or to submit an email.

Tel: 001-310-206-7011

Intensive Workshops and Specialized Institutes

UCLA offers a range of intensive shorter term courses ideal for foreign students, focusing specific areas of interest

Art Institute

Dance – Theater Intensive

Design Media Arts (DMA) Institute

The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is one of the nation’s top design departments offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in media creation, which fosters individual exploration and innovative thinking. Geared specifically for high school students, the department offers the DMA Summer Institute— a two-week program with morning and afternoon classes in graphic design, web design, audio/video, and gaming. Taught by professionally trained and well-experienced instructors using the most current software and technology, the program culminates in the creation of an online portfolio students can use for college applications. It also provides students with a rare opportunity to sample college life in a cutting-edge design department, while earning four units of pass/no pass UC credit.

Global Green Business Week for Young Leaders

UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Center for International Business Education and Research’s (CIBER) Global Green Business Week for Young Leaders is a one-week summer institute for talented rising high school seniors addressing the fundamentals and current trends of greening and management from the triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet.

Students are introduced to the question, what is meant by sustainability, and what are its core concepts? UCLA professors, researchers, doctoral students, MBA students, and practicing executives give insight on the biological, societal, and economic factors that drive and define green business.  Faculties come from management, the UCLA Institute of the Environment, economics, urban planning, and public policy.  Panel executives have included representatives of Red Bull, Opportunity Green, Planet Green, X Prize, and Causecast.

Learning activities are varied, ranging from lectures, case studies, experiential exercises, and corporate panel discussions.  Each facet of the program is designed to challenge students to use innovation and critical reasoning to think about business in the 21st century.  As our world changes and our ways of conducting business change, young leaders must be able to think creatively about these complex and dynamic issues.

Students attending the program should be rising juniors and seniors with an interest of economics, environmental science, and biology.

Admission to the program is by instructor consent. As part of the registration process, applicants will be asked to submit a 300-350 word essay. View the essay topics for more information about the essay process. A complete application is due by May 31, 2013.

International Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs: Model United Nations

UCLA offers a week-long intensive in-residence International Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs: Model United Nations Summer Institute for high school students who are interested in international diplomacy and foreign affairs. During the institute, students will take on the role of a diplomat, engage in independent research, and then debate a country’s position on one of the many committees of the United Nations.

The 21st century has so far shown that we live in an increasingly interconnected world, one in which organizations such as the United Nations will become more and more important.  Model United Nations is an international organization in which students compete as delegations representing countries or people to debate international relations. If you are passionate about international relations and history and enjoy or want to improve your skills regarding public speaking and debate, then the UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute is the perfect opportunity for you!

This week-long program is a perfect way for students to not only enhance their public speaking skills and learn to work cooperatively to accomplish substantive goals that benefit the world, but an excellent opportunity to learn about the world, its history, its peoples, and the way its governments work together in a very realistic simulation. Debating in committees, students cover topics such as demilitarization of conflict regions like Kashmir, HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, international human trafficking in Southeast Asia, loss of bio diversity through climate change, and even historical crises such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Napoleonic Wars.

This Summer Institute is perfect for students interested in careers such as law, international relations, public policy, government, diplomacy, as well as students interesting in studying accompanying subjects in college such as political science, history, global studies, international development studies, law, public affairs, communications, and more!  Students will work with current members of the MUN at UCLA Team, one of the top 10 most comprehensive MUN collegiate programs in the country, including its Executive Board Members – all while having a blast staying at UCLA, making new friends, and hanging out in beautiful Los Angeles!

Whether you are an active member of a Model UN program at your high school, or simply want to expand your understanding of foreign diplomacy and global issues, this program is suitable for any high school student with a strong interest in international relations.

College Credit: Students who successfully complete the program will receive 2 units of Pass/No Pass University of California credit.

One Week In-Residence Program: Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, which includes housing, a meal plan, a schedule of activities, and supervision, is mandatory for all students.

Mock Trial Institute

Are you a high school student interested in learning more about our nation’s legal system and the rights guaranteed to its citizens by the Constitution? Perhaps you are considering a career in law as a district attorney, public defender, or as a public interest, international, or entertainment attorney? Maybe you want to build your self-confidence and strengthen your ability to communicate your ideas and opinions to others. If any of these are true, you should consider participating in the UCLA Summer Mock Trial Institute.

This week-long program is a great way to broaden your knowledge base, explore college and career options, boost your self-confidence and powers of persuasion – all while making new friends and having fun! Come to Los Angeles to train with the National Champion UCLA Mock Trial Team Coach and Team Members!

Due to the rigorous and intense nature of the program, the residential plan, which includes housing, a meal plan, a schedule of activities, and supervision, is mandatory for all students. By living together, students have the opportunity to get to know their classmates and counselors better, and are able to spend more time working on their final mock trial presentations. The residential plan also alleviates the safety and time concerns inherent in an urban commute. Students receive supervision by an exceptional staff of UCLA undergraduate students and members of the UCLA Mock Trial.

Nanoscience Lab

The CNSI Nanoscience Lab is an exclusive summer workshop for high school students interested in advanced science and technology. During this five day program, students have the unique opportunity to explore questions similar to those currently investigated by the scientific community. The program involves hands-on experiments that combine vigorous scientific methodologies and techniques with projects that are both fun and exciting. Moreover, these experiments, designed by UCLA researchers, teach students the key concepts of nanoscale phenomena that make nanoscience and nanotechnology one of the most exciting fields of research today.

This course will be offered twice each summer. Please only submit an application to one of the two sessions, and if available for both sessions, the one you prefer. A limited number of campus housing is available for enrolled students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Admission to the program is by instructor consent. As part of the registration process, applicants will be asked to submit a 250-word essay. View the essay question. Applications submitted before April 15th will receive notification, if approved by instructor, by April 22nd. All applicants remain in the candidate pool until the class is filled for both sessions.

Introductory science courses such as biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, and physics are recommended. The activities in the NanoScience Lab require a strong science foundation in chemistry, physics, and biology. The program is designed for students going into 10th grade level or higher next school year. We will consider incoming 9th graders with exceptional scientific knowledge and the ability to work productively in teams, on a case by case basis.

For more information on the workshop activities, visit CNSI Nanoscience Lab

Sci | Art NanoLab

Imagine the “Impossible”

Creativity is the fundamental source of innovation in any endeavor. Unfortunately, current educational models generally focus on the development analytical skills at the expense of creative thought. Sponsored by UCLA’s Art|Sci Center, the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), the Sci|Art NanoLab is a highly competitive, 2-week summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences.

Interdisciplinary at its core, nanoscience research requires fresh ways of thinking and new methodologies. The future of nanotechnology is determined not just by scientific knowledge, but also by the application of creative thought and imagination that go beyond a traditional reductionist approach. The advantage of an artistic approach to nanotechnology lies in its ability to address challenges from a more holistic and general view, to conceive of new ways to deal with complexity which, when combined with science, provide a powerful new direction for invention and creation.

During this intensive 2-week program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Through historical retrospective, surveys of current art-science collaborations as well as science fiction movie screenings, students will be exposed to the interface of science, art and culture with a focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations that explore the possibilities and implications of technological innovation. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists.

You can also view the Sci | Art NanoLab website.

This program is open to high school students that are graduating seniors or will be juniors and seniors in the fall. Admission to the program is by instructor consent. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to submit a 500-word essay. View the essay topics for more information about the essay process. Although not required, we strongly encourage students to submit a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor. Recommenders may submit their comments via email. Please remember that even after you have been approved, official enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Writing Workshop

For over twenty years, UCLA Writing Programs has helped undergraduates successfully meet the challenges of a university education. Through a new, three week summer workshop, UCLA’s highly regarded writing specialists will now help college bound students prepare for those challenges.  It will address such essential tasks as the timed essay exam and the effective e-mail. All activities will demystify the unstated differences between college and high school writing.  The summer workshop will also attend to the college application process, including the application essay. This writer’s workshop is ideal for the ambitious high school student who wants to start a step ahead.

Scholarships covering full tuition are available through UCLA Writing Programs. Please follow these steps to apply

  1. Register for the Writing Workshop but do not submit payment.
  2. Apply for the Writing Programs High School Fellowship by March 15, 2013 at the following link:
  3. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail.
  4. An applicant who is awarded a scholarship will have full tuition covered and will be posted to the student’s BruinBill account by mid June.

Six-Week Programs

Stem Cell Science

“Stem Cell Biology, Politics, and Ethics: Teasing Apart Issues” introduces students to the fundamentals of stem cell theory and research. Through lectures and discussion sessions, students come to understand why stem cells offer so much hope while generating furious controversy. Students examine the important functional differences between embryonic, hematopoietic, and adult stem cells, including the differences in their biomedical potentials. The course includes an overview of bioethical, political, and philosophical issues.

A special section has been created for high school students to help guide them toward a possible future in the sciences. Special attention will be paid to the learning style of these students. This section is designed for high school students enrolled in grades 11-12 in the fall that have successfully passed high school chemistry and high school biology.

Please note that students interested in enrolling for this course will be asked to select a discussion section at the time of registration.

Summer Institute in Creative Writing

 The UCLA Summer Institute in Creative Writing at UCLA offers undergraduates the opportunity to study writing and literature in one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse literary cities.  Participants enroll in an introductory workshop of their choosing (fiction or poetry), and in a lecture course on the literary figures and traditions of Los Angeles. All students will have guided access to the unique literary holdings of the world-renowned library at UCLA, as well  as opportunities to present their work in a public Institute reading series.


Flexible program. Short term Intensive workshops are a good option to sample their offering and experiment with campus life. City campus may leave parents a little more anxious than small “rural” ivy covered colleges, but for kids has the added fascination of living in LA.

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