Certificate Programs for International Students

UCLA Extension offers the following F-1 visa-approved programs that allow international participants to study full-time in the U.S. 

Most programs allow you to start year-round. 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

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Accounting

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Taxation

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 overall

Finance

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

Design Communication Arts

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $250*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Interior Design: Foundation Level

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 6 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $250*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Landscape Architecture

Entry Quarters: Summer, Fall
Duration: 12 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $300*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1

 

Business Fundamentals

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Advertising

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Entrepreneurship

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Finance

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Human Resources Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1

General Business Studies with Concentration in Leadership

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Personal Financial Planning

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Real Estate

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Human Resources Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1

Personal Financial Planning

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Pre-MBA Studies

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Application Fee: $0*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 

Project Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $150*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

Applications Programming

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $150*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Cybersecurity

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $150*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Data Science

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 1 quarter for intensive method and 2 quarters for standard method
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Systems Analysis

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $150*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

Construction Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $150*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Project Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $150*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

Acting

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Business and Management of Entertainment

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Cinematography

Entry Quarters: Fall, Spring
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Directing

Entry Quarters: Fall, Spring
Duration: 5 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Entertainment Studies

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Film Scoring

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Film & TV Development

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Independent Music Production

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Music Business

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Producing

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Screenwriting Film and TV Comprehensive

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $300*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1

 

Fitness Instruction

Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: N0
Application Fee: $100*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 91
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.0

Journalism

Entry Quarter: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $165*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics

Entry Quarter: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $95*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1

Pre-Medical and General Science Studies

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $95*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Sustainability

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 2 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $250*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

International Trade and Commerce

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition: $7200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Financial Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition: $7200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Global Business Management

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition: $7200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Import/Export Operations

Entry Quarters: All
Duration:  3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition: $7200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in International Trade and Commerce

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*
Estimated Tuition: $7200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

Paralegal Studies

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 4 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $0*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

Marketing

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

Marketing with Concentration in Digital Marketing

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: Yes
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

General Business Studies with Concentration in Marketing

Entry Quarters: All
Duration: 3 Quarters
Internships Available: No
Application Fee: $200*

English language proficiency (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5

 

    Duration: The minimum duration of the program based on full-time enrollment. Additional time can be provided on your I-20 should you need to take supplemental English courses, a vacation quarter (when eligible), or additional electives in your program.
     
    Internships Available: Indicates whether or not the program offers an internship course. Internship course must be available for enrollment to participate in unpaid internships or Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
     
    Application Fee: The application fee establishes your candidacy in a certificate program. The certificate application fee is non-refundable and subject to change. The international student fee and other miscellaneous fees, such as health insurance, express mailing, and housing, are not included.

     

    English Language Proficiency

    International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting the minimum TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP test score required by their certificate program.

      Students who are admitted with the minimum score but whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take one or two supplemental English as a Second Language courses. Please note that additional courses may extend the duration of your program. Refer to the details under Supplemental English Courses for more information.

      International applicants may be exempt from the English language proficiency test requirement if one of the following criteria are met:

      • Are a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking Canada, and English is your native language
      • Have studied for a minimum of four years at a high school, college, or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking Canada
      • Have earned a graduate level degree from a college or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking Canada
      • Have completed UCLA Extension's Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) Level 107 (or higher) with earned grades of A- (or higher) in the two core subjects, and will complete ESL X 433C as required*

      Eligible applicants may request a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement by submitting a completed waiver request form and supporting evidence, if applicable.

      *UCLA Extension policy allows some students from our Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) to request a waiver from providing an English language test for admission into some UCLA Extension certificate programs; however, an additional course (ESL X 433C) is required. This test waiver applies solely to UCLA Extension certificate programs requiring TOEFL scores 83-89 or IELTS Academic score 6.5 or iTEP Academic score 4.5-4.9. It does not apply to certificate programs requiring 90 (or higher) on the TOEFL or 7.0 (or higher) on the IELTS Academic or 5.0 (or higher) on the iTEP Academic. This test waiver does not apply to the following programs: Landscape Architecture, Paralegal Studies, Journalism, Human Resources Management, Fitness Instruction, Screenwriting: Film and TV, Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics. 

      Learn more about our international programs.

       

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