UCLA Extension


Upon certificate program completion, you can:

  • Remain in the United States for up to 60 days. You can travel anywhere in the U.S., but if you leave the U.S., you cannot re-enter.
  • Apply for a second certificate program to begin the next quarter. You must pay the second candidacy fee before the first program end date on your I-20 form, show proof of health insurance for the following quarter, and submit the financial certification as outlined on our application sub-site. You can take a quarter-long vacation before the start of the second program only if you have nine consecutive months of full-time study.
  • Transfer to another U.S. school. (See process below)
  • Apply for and engage in Post-Completion Optional Practical Training. You remain in F-1 status while on OPT. During OPT you must maintain your health insurance, keep your contact information current via the Student Portal, and inform your International Student Office (ISO) advisor if you change employers.

UCLA Extension holds an annual graduation ceremony in late spring. We hope that you will be here then or that you can travel back to Los Angeles to attend. Otherwise, please stay in touch and continue to update your information via the Student Portal.

Transfer Process—After UCLA Extension Program Completion
  • Deadline—To keep your F-1 status you must finish the transfer process within 60 days of completing your UCLA Extension program.
  • UCLA Extension process—Before the 60-day deadline, take the transfer forms and/or letter of acceptance from your new school to your International Student Office (ISO) counselor who will verify your F-1 status and transfer your I-20 record to the new school. Please allow enough time for this process to occur before the end of your 60-day grace period.
  • New I-20 Form—Your new school will issue you a new I-20.
  • Program Start—You must begin your new program at the new school in their next available session after the I-20 transfer, no later than five months from your last class date at UCLA Extension.