Certificate Programs for International Students

Certificate Programs: How to Apply

Summer and Fall 2021

Find your status below to learn how you can study in Los Angeles this Summer and Fall 2021.

Students without an F-1 visa who wish to study in the U.S.
For 2021 Summer and Fall quarters, UCLA Extension International Programs will be offered in a hybrid (online and in-person) format. Students without an F-1 visa, who wish to study in the U.S. and enroll in one of our hybrid format programs, will meet U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) eligibility requirements for an I-20 form to obtain an F-1 visa.

How does it work?
Hybrid programs will include at least one in-person class meeting over the course of the quarter. The number of in-person meetings may increase as public health orders permit. Even though you will be living in Los Angeles, most of the courses within your chosen certificate program will be offered in an online format. Learn about our online instruction methods.

How to enroll:
Follow the application process outlined below. All new international F-1 students who arrive in the U.S. for Summer and Fall quarters 2021 will be automatically enrolled in at least one in-person class meeting for the quarter.

Download new F-1 visa student Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Transfer Students
Students who are already in the U.S. with an F-1 visa can transfer to UCLA Extension and maintain F-1 status. Transfer students are not required to participate in an in-person class to maintain their visa status at this time.

Continuing Students in the U.S with F-1 visa
Current UCLA Extension students living in the U.S. with an F-1 visa are not required to participate in an in-person class at this time. You may enroll in fully online courses for Summer and Fall quarters.

Continuing Students Outside of the U.S. with F-1 visa
Current UCLA Extension students living outside the U.S. may enroll in fully online courses for Summer and Fall quarters and maintain F-1 status. If you wish to re-enter the U.S., please contact us for instruction at 310-825-9351 or iso@uclaextension.edu.  When in-person classes resume in full, you may be required to re-enter the U.S. to maintain F-1 status.


    Download Frequently Asked Questions for International Students (pdf)

    Application Process for International Students

    The links below will help you to understand the steps required for application to a UCLA Extension certificate program.

    Complete the following steps to become a certificate program candidate, and to obtain a form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status:

    1. Apply to a certificate program

    On the webpage of your chosen certificate, choose “Apply Now” to create a UCLA Extension student profile and pay the certificate program application fee.

    2. Complete the International Student Certificate Program Application

    Fill out the International Student Certificate Program Application. When all pages are complete, you will be prompted to pay the $2,000 USD international student fee in order to submit your application.

    3. Purchase health insurance

    Certificate program students are required to have health insurance for the duration of your studies at UCLA Extension. Health insurance fees are paid each quarter. New students are required to purchase health insurance and submit proof of payment along when you apply.

    To purchase health insurance and view policy details, visit the Relation Insurance Services website or call (877) 246-6997 to speak to a representative.

    Current health insurance rates (per quarter):

    • Student: $858
    • Spouse/Domestic Partner: $858
    • Each Child: $858

    To provide proof of your own health insurance, you must submit the Health Insurance Waiver Form (pdf) and documentation showing proof of coverage.

    4. Provide us with your supporting documents

    Please email the following required documents to our International Student Office at iso@uclaextension.edu. These documents cannot be mailed or delivered to our office.

    Include in the body of the email: 1) your student ID number, 2) your name as it appears in your passport, and 3) your selected certificate program. Without this information we will not be able to associate your documents with your application. 

    Financial Certification. You and/or your sponsor are financially responsible for your educational and living expenses for the duration of your educational program, as well as for the educational and/or living expenses of your dependents who will accompany you. All students and sponsors must provide financial certification that they are financially capable of meeting the minimum funds for a program. Minimum funds required can be found using the table listed below.

    • Verification of Bank Funds: We will accept a bank document dated within 90 days of your submitted application. All financial verifications must state the minimum amounts listed in the table below and be in liquid accounts.
    • Sponsor Statement or Affidavit of Support (pdf): If a sponsor will be paying for you, please provide their signed affidavit of support, in English, signed and dated within 90 days of your submitted application, which states the amount of financial support and the relationship to the student.


    • Financial Guarantee (for government-sponsored students only): If you are a government-sponsored student, you will only need to submit a copy of your financial guarantee with your application. You do not need to submit a sponsor statement or verification of bank funds.

    Calculation of Financial Support: use the following table to calculate the required minimum funds.

    Estimated Student's Tuition + Estimated Living Expenses + Spouse + Each Child
    $6,300 $20,000 $7,600 $5,000
    NOTE: Estimated Student Tuition and Estimated Living Expenses are the same for all students, regardless of the program you select and your planned living accommodations.

    English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, or iTEP Academic-Plus), which must be no more than two years old. There is no need to mail us hard copies of your score report. Instead, have the official score report sent to you directly, and then you may email us the copy of the official score. If you are requesting a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement, please submit a completed English Language Proficiency Waiver Form (pdf) and supporting documentation, if applicable.

    Passport photocopy. A copy of the page in your passport showing your full legal name, birth date, passport expiration date, photograph, and the bottom two lines of your passport filled with letters and numbers.

    Transcript. Official copy of high school or college transcripts. English copy must be included with foreign language transcripts.

    Change of Status Form. If you are currently in the U.S. and wish to change your status to F-1, we strongly recommend that you return to your home country and obtain an F-1 student visa. The other method is to attempt to change your status while you're located in the United States. To receive a change of status I-20, you must submit the signed Change of Status Form along with the copy of your current visa and copy of your most recent I-94.

    Please note: we must receive all required documents before processing your I-20 request. 

    If you are already in the United States on F-1 visa status and plan to transfer your I-20 to UCLA Extension from another school, complete the steps above for "How to Apply" and email the following to our International Student Office. 

    Your I-20 must be transferred to UCLA Extension within 60 days after the last date of class attendance, or your last day of Optional Practical Training (OPT).


    Application Deadlines

    Entry Quarter* New Students
    Outside the U.S.
    Transfer Students
    with Current I-20
    Fall Quarter
    August 1 August 31
    Winter Quarter
    November 1 November 30
    Spring Quarter
    February 1 March 1
    Summer Quarter
    May 1 May 31
    *Instructional dates for each quarter can be viewed on the UCLA Extension Academic Calendar


    You will be able to track the status of your application in your student profile.

    When your application is complete, please allow 2-3 weeks for us to process and send a digital copy of your I-20. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, digital copies are the default method of delivery.

    Receiving your I-20

    A digital copy of your signed I-20 will be sent to you via email.

    If you would like a physical copy mailed to you outside of the U.S., you must pay $40 USD for the ISO Express Mail delivery fee and it will be sent via DHL.

    If you would like a physical copy of the I-20 mailed to you within the U.S., you can pay $40 USD for the ISO Express Mail delivery fee and it will be sent via FedEx, or it can be sent with no fee through USPS.


    International Student Fee

    • If we have NOT created an I-20 for you, then you are eligible for a full refund of $2,000 for the International Student Fee.
    • If we HAVE created an I-20 for you, but your F-1 visa is denied or you do not enter the U.S. using UCLA Extension's I-20, you can request a refund of $1,400 of the International Student Fee ($600 of the fee is non-refundable).

    Health Insurance Fee

    • You may submit a refund request to Relation Health Insurance if you will not be studying with us on F-1 status. Refunds are only possible within 30 days from the program start date and if you have not utilized the coverage.

    The following fees may be non-refundable:

    • Certificate Application Fee (contact Academic department for review)
    • Express Mail Service Fee (cannot be refunded once the I-20 has been shipped)

    Contact the International Student Office

    Speak to a representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm (PT).

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