As part of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), UCLA Extension offers more than 40 F-1 visa-approved certificate programs that allow international participants to study full-time in the U.S.
Certificate programs, which some universities call “diploma programs,” consist of a sequence of courses related to a specialized field or topic such as General Business Studies, Filmmaking, Marketing, Graphic Design, Project Management, Sustainability, and Journalism. Our programs offer a practical, real-world approach to each field of study, so you can be best prepared for the next stage of your career.
Why a certificate program?
Students and professionals enroll in certificate programs for a variety of reasons. Many of our U.S. 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.
Learn more about the differences between a certificate versus a master's degree.