Certificate Programs for International Students

Certificate Programs: How to Apply

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: $802.50
  • Spouse/Domestic Partner: $1,500
  • Each Child: $1,002

4. Provide us with your supporting documents

Please email the following required documents to our International Student 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, such as a bank statement or bank letter, declaring you have a minimum of $26,300 USD, or equivalent, to cover your school and living expenses for a year. If you have dependents, make sure the financial certification includes those amounts. If a sponsor is providing the money for you, please submit an Affidavit of Support (pdf) from them, plus their bank statement or bank letter.

English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, or iTEP Academic-Plus), which must be no more than two years old. If taking the TOEFL, select school code 4910 for the score to be sent directly to us. If you are requesting a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement, please submit a completed test 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, and photograph.

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

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

While email is preferred, you may also mail or deliver your documents to the International Student Office. 

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, please mail or email the following to our International Student Office in addition to completing the steps under "How to Apply."

  • Download and complete the Status Verification Form (pdf)
  • A copy of your I-94
  • A copy of your F-1 Visa
  • A copy of your recent I-20
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).

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 mail your I-20. 

If you need to have the I-20 mailed outside the U.S., you must pay $40 USD for Express Mail Service.

Entry Quarter* Application Due Date for
New Students Outside of the U.S.
Application Due Date for
Transfer Students with Current I-20
Fall (September-December) August 1 August 31
Winter (January-March) November 1 November 30
Spring (March-June) February 1 March 1
Summer (June-September) May 1 May 31

*Instructional dates for each quarter can be viewed here: UCLA Extension Academic Calendar

If we never create the I-20 for you, then you are eligible for a full refund of $2000 for the International Student Fee. 

If 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 the following fees:

  • $1,400 USD of the International Student Fee ($600 of the fee is nonrefundable)
  • All health insurance fees paid

The following fees are non-refundable:

  • Certificate Application Fee
  • Express Mail Service Fee (once the I-20 has been shipped)

Contact the International Student Office

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Learn more about our international programs.


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