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Frequently Asked Questions

International Student Information

 

Find answers to commonly asked questions to assist you in the application process.

Study in Los Angeles

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?
Our hybrid programs will include at least one in-person class meeting over the course of the quarter or program session. The number of in-person meetings may increase as public health orders permit. Even though you will be living in Los Angeles, most of your class sessions will be conducted online in real-time using video web-conferencing tools.

How to enroll:
Follow the instructions as outlined below. All new international F-1 students who arrive in the U.S. for Summer and Fall quarters 2021 will be able to enroll in a hybrid course, which will include at least one in-person class meeting over the course of the quarter or program session.

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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.

Q: Are international students required to provide proof of COVIDQ: 19 vaccination?
Yes. Currently, all students at UCLA and UCLA Extension must be fully vaccinated two weeks before attending any UCLA or UCLA Extension inQ: person events, including classes, program orientation, campus tour, etc.

Q: How do students provide proof of vaccination?
UCLA Extension students studying in-person during the Fall quarter will be required to verify their vaccination status.  
Students should be ready to provide an original, unaltered, complete series COVIDQ: 19 vaccination card bearing their name and also have a digital image file of the card ready to upload before their first in-person event or class. Instructions will be provided in the coming weeks. 
At this time, there is no need to provide an English translation of the card. 

Q: Which vaccines does UCLA accept? 
UC accepts vaccinations approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). As of 3 June 2021, WHO has evaluated that the following vaccines against COVIDQ: 19 have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy:

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
     

Q: What other COVID-19 safety protocols are required?
Currently, all students, instructors, and staff are required to wear face masks indoors, as well as monitor and report any COVID-19 related symptoms. Student should be prepared to monitor and report any COVID-19 related symptoms online prior to appearing in person. 
As the situation with COVID-19 changes, these protocols will change to reflect the directives from our state and local public health departments. Our highest priority is to keep our students safe. Since UCLA Extension is currently finalizing the procedures, we recommend regularly checking the UCLA Extension Alerts page for updated information. We will also keep students informed of changes to these protocols as they happen.

Q: Is the in-person class meeting part of my international program (i.e. Certificate, English
Language Program, Study Abroad, Custom Program, etc.)?

Yes, the in-person class meeting will be a required component of all programs for new
international students coming from overseas. Due to COVID-19, this is a special condition
required by U.S. immigration authorities to help international students stay in the U.S. and
complete their studies.


Q: What happens if I am a new international student coming from overseas and I do not
attend the in-person class meeting that is part of my hybrid program?

Your I-20 could be terminated for failure to meet the in-person attendance
requirement. Please contact the International Student Office immediately if you are unable
to attend your in-person class meeting.

Q: If UCLA Extension has to cancel in-person instruction, due to COVID-19, and my program becomes 100% online, can I get a refund if I’ve already started my program?
No, students will be able to complete the program online and will not be eligible for refunds.

Q: What safety measures UCLA Extension is taking to ensure in-person class meetings are safe to attend?
UCLA Extension will follow policies set by UCLA and the Los Angeles County Department of
Public Health for schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for all in-person classes.

Q: Will I receive units for the required in-person class meeting?
No, you will not receive academic units for the one required in-person class meeting.
However, you will receive units for other courses in your program of study.

Q: Will there be a separate cost for the required in-person class meeting?
No, there will be no separate cost for this course.

Q: Will the U.S. Embassy issue an F-1 visa for me to attend UCLA Extension?
Yes, the U.S. Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March
2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as global conditions improve, U.S.
Embassies and Consulates are now offering a phased resumption of routine visa services.
Please see the individual website for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your region for
information regarding its operating status and the services currently offered. To find
embassy or consulate websites, go to www.usembassy.gov. Each embassy or
consulate website will have information related to COVID-19, visa wait times, and other
relevant information.
Please Note: F-1 visa issuance is not guaranteed, and each I-20 form/visa application is
subject to embassy/consulate review and approval.

Q: I have been admitted to UCLA Extension as an international student, but now I am
concerned about traveling. Can I defer my program start date? If so, do I need a new I20?

Yes, your attendance can be deferred to a future start date at no cost. You will need an
updated I-20 to reflect the new program dates. Please contact our office at
iso@uclaextension.edu for instructions.
If you are an Intensive English Program student, you will need to complete and submit the
following two items:

  1. Online Application
  2. Transfer Request Form

Email the Transfer Request Form to alcenroll@uclaextension.edu to process your deferral.

Q: I am concerned about traveling. If I decide to cancel my trip to Los Angeles, can I get a
refund?

English Language Programs: Yes, please complete this cancellation form and email it to
aclenroll@uclaextension.edu.
Certificate Programs: Yes, your application can be cancelled, and you will be issued a full
refund of the international student application fee if you decide not to attend the certificate
program. Please contact the International Student Office at iso@uclaextension.edu as soon
as possible if you decide to cancel your plans. In order to receive the refund, you may not
have entered the U.S. before the program start date. If you have already enrolled in
courses, please check your receipts to determine the refund deadlines for each course.

Q: Which documents will I need with me when I travel to Los Angeles?
If you are a new student, you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Valid I-20
  • Form I-901 (Receipt for the SEVIS fee)
  • Welcome Letter
  • Copies of your financial certification

 

Q: Are courses at UCLA Extension going to be online or in-person in Summer and Fall
2021?

Most courses will continue to be taught online. However, new international F-1 students who
arrive in the U.S. for Summer and Fall quarters 2021 will be automatically enrolled in a
hybrid program, which will include at least one in-person class meeting over the course of
the quarter or program session.

Q. Will all my classes in the English language programs at ALC be in person?                                                      No, the safety of our students and instructors is very important to us. For this reason, we will begin the quarter online with all our scheduled classes conducted at home while we confirm vaccination status and Covid safety conditions. All our online classes are very interactive, and you meet your teachers and classmates for every class via Zoom rather than in person. You will still have many opportunities to connect with other while keeping safe.  We will offer a limited number of afternoon classes when vaccination status and the Covid position permit. 

Q: Do I need an I-20 to enroll and study online from my home country?
No, an I-20 and F-1 visa is not required if studying from your home country. However, if you
are a continuing student with an active SEVIS* record and F-1 status, you may maintain
status by studying online from your home country during Summer and/or Fall 2021.
*The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the web-based system that the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information regarding: Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified schools.

Q: Do I need an I-20 form or F-1 visa to be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
Yes, you must have an F-1 visa to be eligible for OPT and CPT. Please visit the OPT, CPT,
and Internships link
 for more information on eligibility and requirements.

Q: If my classes are fully online, will that affect my F-1 visa status?
It depends. Current U.S. immigration guidelines permit a fully online schedule of classes
during the COVID-19 pandemic IF:

  • You are already in the U.S. on an F-1 visa and studying in a UCLA Extension program.

OR

  • You are transferring from another U.S. educational institution with a current F-1 visa

*Please note: Guidance from U.S. immigration authorities is subject to change.
If you are a student newly arriving in the U.S. in Summer or Fall 2021 with a newly issued F1 visa, you are required to enroll in a hybrid program during your first quarter of study. If,
during your course of study at UCLA Extension, COVID-19 conditions require the school to 
switch to a fully online format, you can remain in the U.S. and maintain your F-1 status as
you continue to study online.

Q: How many academic units am I required to enroll in as an international student?
International students attending a certificate program or study abroad program at UCLA
Extension must enroll in at least 12 units to maintain F-1 status. International students
attending an Intensive English program must attend their full-time program.

Q: Can I use an electronic form I-20 to apply for a visa and travel to the U.S., or do I need a
hard copy?

A digitally signed I-20 is accepted for travel and visa interviews due to the COVID-19
pandemic. When you receive the digitally signed I-20, you are responsible for printing it out
and signing it with a blue pen. You cannot sign the I-20 digitally; only your International
Student Services advisor can digitally sign. The U.S. Department of State (DoS) and U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are currently allowing digitally signed I-20s.

Q: Are there any travel restrictions when coming to the US?
Please check the following websites for information about any travel restrictions to the U.S.:

Q: Do I need to get a COVID-19 test before traveling to the US?
Starting January 26, 2021, all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country are
required to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs. They
are also required to provide proof of the negative test result or documentation from a
licensed healthcare provider of recovery from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the
flight. Please see the CDC website for more information.

Q: Do I need to self-quarantine after arriving in the US?
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requires that persons who arrive at
any region of California self-quarantine for 10 days. Please visit their website for additional
information.

Q: What happens if I get COVID-19 while studying at UCLA Extension?
Students who are covered by UCLA Extension’s Anthem health insurance policies have
access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Q: Can I get testing or the vaccine for COVID-19 in Los Angeles?
Students who are covered by UCLA Extension’s Anthem Health Insurance can receive the
COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 testing at no additional cost during this national
public health emergency.

Q: Does UCLA Extension offer COVID-19 tests?
No, but there are specific locations in Los Angeles to get a free COVID-19 test. Please visit
LA County’s COVID-19 website for more information.

Q: Which documents will I need with me when I travel to Los Angeles?
If you are a new student, you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Valid I-20
  • Form I-901 (Receipt for the SEVIS fee)
  • Welcome Letter
  • Copies of your financial certification

If you are a continuing student or transfer student, you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • Valid I-20 with a valid travel signature

If you are an OPT student, you will need:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • I-20 with a recent valid travel signature
  • EAD Card and employment verification (i.e., work paystub, job acceptance letter, etc.).

Q: What if COVID-19 numbers rise and it becomes unsafe in Los Angeles? Can I travel back to my home country and continue my studies from there?
Yes. International students who are in the U.S. with F-1 status will be permitted to leave the
U.S. and maintain their F-1 status by enrolling in a fully online course load.

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