UCLA Extension

Program Details

certificateUCLA Extension Certificate Programs provide international students and working professionals with the knowledge and skills they need in their careers and personal lives.

  • Over 50 programs—in specialized fields such as filmmaking, marketing, graphic design, project management, journalism, and more—have been approved for F-1 visa students.
  • Academic Reputation: Upon completion of a UCLA Extension program, participants receive a certificate from one of the top universities in the United States. Our programs meet standards established by the University of California Academic Senate and are subject to the approval of UCLA Faculty and industry advisory groups.
  • Real-world Knowledge and Experience: The majority of Extension instructors are experienced professionals who are currently working in their fields of specialization. The courses they teach are usually directly related to what they do each day in their jobs.
  • Practical Application: Since many UCLA Extension participants are also working professionals, most courses place a strong emphasis on practical application. Networking with instructors and classmates with similar professional interests can help with internships and business opportunities.
  • Cross-Cultural Environment: Studying side-by-side with Americans ensures a high level of instruction and offers opportunities to increase cultural understanding and English-language proficiency.

Length of study and hours:

  • Programs typically consist of 9 to 12 courses over a period of nine months to one year.
  • Individual courses meet for about 12 weeks, usually in the evening, from 6:30 to 9:00pm or 7:00 to 10:00pm. For each 3-hour meeting, expect to spend 6-9 hours studying outside of class.
  • Most courses carry 4 units of credit and meet 3 hours per week. International students must enroll in at least 12 units per 12-week quarter to be considered full-time students and qualify for an F-1 visa.

Transcripts and Certificate

Upon satisfactory completion of your program, you will receive a gold seal certificate and be eligible to attend the annual late spring graduation ceremony. Official UCLA Extension transcripts will be available at the end of each academic quarter. The transcript will report all of your UCLA and UCLA Extension courses as well as the grades and academic credit that you earned for each course.

Decide which program is right for you: Approved certificates for F-1 visa students