Please note that Summer is not an automatic vacation quarter at UCLA Extension. We offer four quarters of courses annually. You become eligible for a vacation quarter after you have completed three quarters of F-1 study in your program at UCLA Extension. For example, if you begin in the Spring quarter, you become eligible for a vacation quarter the following Winter quarter. Programs that can be completed in two quarters do not qualify for vacation quarters; these include Marketing, Sustainability, Project Management.
To find out if you qualify for a vacation quarter, please contact your ISO advisor one quarter before taking the vacation.
If you need to leave the U.S. for one quarter but don’t qualify for a vacation quarter, you may be eligible for a leave of absence (LOA). Please contact your ISO advisor to discuss the possibility of taking a LOA outside of the U.S. Or if you have a medical condition that prevents you from attending classes, you may be eligible for a medical LOA while remaining in the U.S. To qualify you must provide a doctor’s note stating that you cannot attend courses--the dates must be specific on this letter. You can be authorized for a medical LOA for a maximum of one calendar year (12 months) and the LOA must be granted each quarter individually.
If you need to leave the U.S. before completing the certificate program, we will terminate your I-20 with early authorized withdrawal. You will have 15 days to leave the U.S. after your I-20 is terminated for that reason.