Certificate Programs for International Students

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F-1 visa approved certificates for international students

Study full-time in the U.S.

UCLA Extension offers dozens of certificate programs that are approved for full-time study in the U.S. with an F-1 visa.

Most programs allow you to start year-round. Browse by field of study below. Click the name of the individual certificates listed below to view the full description, curriculum requirements, and other program details. 

Browse by field of study:

Accounting

Equip yourself with a thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles while also preparing for the Certified Public Accountant (CPE) Examination.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,940
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in Accounting

This program provides the foundational skills necessary for a career in accounting.

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,940
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

Finance

Learn core aspects of financial theory and practice. This certificate is the foundation needed for students to meet the market demand for qualified financial professionals and a great starting point to advance your finance career.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $11,975
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $800

 

Personal Financial Planning

Fully prepare for CFP® Certification while also learning relevant trends and practices in the financial planning field.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,145
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,880

 

Design Communication Arts

Ignite your creativity and prepare for a career in graphic design. Learn how to think like a designer while developing the visual literacy needed to thrive in a professional setting. Feel confident in your skills through portfolio reviews, a capstone course, mentorship, and internship opportunities.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $25,250
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $2,000

 

Interior Design: Foundation Level

This foundation level certificate provides beginners with a fundamental education in the field of interior architecture. It is the only program in the nation leading to a Master of Interior Architecture degree that is offered on a continuing education basis.

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 6 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $37,018
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $3,100

 

Business Fundamentals

Acquire the financial, economic, and organizational skills required for success in a business environment.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,940
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,700

 

General Business Studies

This highly flexible and customizable program provides the professional opportunity to build basic, essential skills to start a career in business or to refine business acumen to boost success in a range of business fields.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in Entrepreneurship

This multicourse certificate teaches advertising, marketing, promotion, and a range of management principles that are essential to any existing or prospective entrepreneur.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in Finance

Learn the corporate finance, financial analysis, and banking skills required for a career in the business world.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,700
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in Leadership

This multicourse certificate gives business students and those interested in the fundamentals of leadership the tools necessary to become effective managers.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,700
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in Real Estate

This multicourse certificate helps those looking for a career in real estate learn valuable negotiation, valuation, business and marketing skills.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

Pre-MBA Studies

Develop the knowledge and skills to excel at a top MBA program.

Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $0*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $20,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

Project Management

Get in-depth training in project planning, execution, and control, integrating project components such as schedule, cost, quality, risk, and leadership in compliance with Project Management Institute (PMI®) standards.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $150*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $14,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $250

 

Applications Programming

This certificate program is designed to help students learn to develop software applications using high-level programming languages.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $150*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,460
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $800

 

Cybersecurity

Learn essential cybersecurity skills in our 4-course Cybersecurity Certificate. Quickly gain the knowledge you need to protect your technology infrastructure from physical and virtual threats.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $150*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $11,980
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $700

 

Data Science

This certificate program is designed to help students learn to develop software applications using high-level programming languages. Learn to leverage the power of big data to extract insights and improve decision-making for real-world problems. Gain hands-on experience in data management and visualization, machine learning, statistical models, and more for a career in data science.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $11,980
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $600

 

Systems Analysis

This certificate provides training in analysis and design of information systems. The program prepares students to perform information systems requirements analysis, design, development, installation, and operation as well as testing and documentation. Courses include computer network communication protocol TCP/IP, database management, network security, and operating systems.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $150*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,460
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $800

 

Construction Management

The certificate in Construction Management provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and rigorous curriculum covering a wide array of aspects within the construction industry and the practical principles of construction management.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $150*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,500
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $350

 

Project Management

Get in-depth training in project planning, execution, and control, integrating project components such as schedule, cost, quality, risk, and leadership in compliance with Project Management Institute (PMI®) standards.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $150
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $14,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $250

 

Acting

This program will help bring your performance, improvisation, and auditioning skills to the next level.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $23,400
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Business and Management of Entertainment

From film industry principles to the legal and financial aspects of entertainment, this certificate provides a thorough understanding of the entertainment business.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $17,800
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Cinematography

Develop essential tools for working as a cinematographer. This program will provide a thorough understanding of current cinematography and camera techniques.

Entry Quarters: Fall, Spring
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,300
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Directing

Master the art of filmmaking. This program will teach the craft of directing through producing an original short film.

Entry Quarters: Fall, Spring
Duration: 5 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $27,300
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Entertainment Studies

From development to cinematography, this certificate will help you discover the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $23,400
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Film Scoring

This certificate will teach the craft and business of film scoring through hands-on practice.

Entry Quarters: Summer, Winter
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $29,200
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Film & TV Development

The Film and TV Development Certificate program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and sell your film and television ideas.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $23,400
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Independent Music Production

This certificate program will guide you through the ins and outs of independent music production.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $17,800
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Music Business

This program will give you the knowledge to tackle the rapidly evolving music industry.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $22,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Producing

In this certificate program, Hollywood professionals give you an insider view into producing.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $23,400
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $550

 

Screenwriting Film and TV Comprehensive

Designed primarily for international students who want to study in the US, this program helps you complete feature film and TV scripts and learn about production.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $300*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $24,897
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $200

 

Fitness Instruction

This program is ideal for those who want to join the fitness profession’s most elite, highly-paid ranks as well as fitness enthusiasts and those seeking to change careers.

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $100*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,970
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $950

 

Journalism

Our Journalism Certificate gives you the training to succeed in today’s multimedia market. Get the skills to excel in the field, learn from expert instructors with experience in a modern media environment, and launch an exciting career in this fast-paced industry.

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $16,810
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $350

 

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics

​​​​​​Continue your Classics studies with this one-year post-baccalaureate program for Greek and Latin.

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $95*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $22,100
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $800

 

Pre-Medical and General Science Studies

Our rigorous post-baccalaureate certificate program for pre-health students is approved for Federal Financial Aid and provides a structured academic preparation for those planning to apply to health professional programs including medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy, among others. Earned credits are transferable to UC and Cal State University campuses, plus many universities nationwide (some limitations may apply). No academic prerequisites are required for admission.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $95*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $30,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,500

 

Sustainability

Do you want a career with a greater purpose? Rise to the challenge and establish yourself as a leader in the important sustainability movement. Sustainable initiatives have become a driving force in the economy, and demand is growing for knowledgeable professionals in renewable energies and sustainable practices.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $250*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $11,480
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $320

 

International Trade and Commerce

Learn the business, economic, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,950
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $900

 

International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Global Business Management

Explore the business, economic, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace and specialize in the field of global business management.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,950
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $900

 

International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Import/Export Operations

Explore the business, economic, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace and specialize in the field of import/export operations.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $18,950
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $900

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in International Trade and Commerce

This multicourse certificate provides the necessary skills to understand and succeed in international commerce and business.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

Paralegal Studies

Approved by the American Bar Association, the Paralegal Studies Certificate prepares students for a career as a professional paralegal in a law firm, business, government, or nonprofit organization. The program fulfills the educational requirements to work as a paralegal in California and is taught by UCLA School of Law-approved instructors.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $0*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $22,995
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

Important Note: The Paralegal Studies Program is temporarily unable to accept F-1 international students in Winter 2023 as the program will be fully online. The Paralegal Studies Program may resume accepting F-1 international students starting in Spring 2023 depending on the availability of in-person offerings at that time.

 

Marketing

Get the skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic and competitive field of marketing.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $12,800
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $600

 

Marketing with Concentration in Digital Marketing

Digital marketing can be a powerful tool. Learn to harness the power of digital marketing by building a comprehensive foundation and a thorough grounding in all facets of digital marketing.
 

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $17,700
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Business Studies with Concentration in Marketing

This multicourse certificate gives students interested in a marketing career, or current marketing professionals, the skills to launch or advance a career in the fields of public and media relations.

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $19,000
Estimated Program Textbooks/Materials: $1,000

 

General Information for all International Certificate Students

Duration: The length of time to complete your program based on full-time enrollment. Program extension requests must be requested in advance of your program end date printed on your Form I-20. Program end dates printed on Forms I-20 are reviewed and updated to reflect your final quarter of study.

Internships Available: Indicates whether or not the program offers an internship course. An internship course must be available for enrollment to participate in an internship. Academic and immigration eligibility rules also must be satisfied to participate. 

Certificate Candidacy Fee: $0-$300 (depending on program). The application fee establishes your candidacy in a certificate program. The certificate application fee is non-refundable and subject to change. 

Estimated Tuition & Fees: Included in the program cost listed above are numerous fees that apply to all international students participating in the program. These fees provide coverage for the entire duration of your studies.

  • International Program Fee*:  International students participating in a UCLA Extension Certificate program will be charged International Program Fee in addition to the fees outlined on the individual certificate program web pages. The International Program Fee is $4,500 for your first quarter and $3,500 for each subsequent quarter at UCLA Extension
  • International Program Fee includes:
    • Health insurance and assistance
    • UCLA BruinCard (student ID card)
    • Library card
    • Comprehensive immigration advising on F-1 status maintenance
    • CPT and OPT application support (when eligible)
    • Culturally-rich international student activities
    • Immersive international student orientation
    • Receptions, networking activities, and a graduation celebration for certificate students
    • Housing referrals and resources
    • Certificate Students receive academic credit and a transcript for their programs; certificate students are awarded a UCLA Certificate upon completion of their certificate program
    • Tuition and Course Fees: Tuition and course fees are paid separately and are not included in the International Program Fee. Courses and tuition will be paid for each quarter of study at UCLA Extension and vary based on which courses are selected. 

*Regarding International Program Fees: UCLA Extension fees for international students enrolled in certificate programs are higher than fees for U.S. and California residents. That is because the higher fees cover the costs of providing additional student services for international students. These higher fees are common for public institutions in the U.S. Fees for California residents are lower than fees for non-residents and international students because all California residents pay California State taxes and those tax dollars support the state universities. UCLA and other California State Universities are subsidized by these tax dollars paid by California residents.

 

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