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Certificate programs, which some universities call “diploma programs,” consist of a sequence of courses related to a specialized field or topic.
Students and professionals enroll in certificate programs for a variety of reasons. Many of our American participants are working professionals who want to stay up-to-date in their fields and move up to higher paying positions. Other professionals want to make a career change and explore a new field. International participants often choose certificate programs as a cost-effective alternative to U.S. master’s or doctoral degree programs. Some international students just want the experience of living in a world-class city like Los Angeles and studying at a prestigious university like UCLA.
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 enrollment during any quarter; exceptions are noted.