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Study Abroad at UCLA: How to Apply

International students can apply to the Study Abroad at UCLA program on their own or through a specific study abroad consulting office. See the section on "Overseas Representatives" to find a representative near you.

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Admission Requirements

To enroll in Study Abroad at UCLA, you must be at least 18 years of age before the start of the program; enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program; meet English Language Proficiency requirements; and submit the required documents listed below.

Required Documents

Proposed Study Plan

A list of courses you want to take at UCLA or UCLA Extension. Download and complete your Proposed Study Plan (PDF). 


A photocopy of your current, valid passport clearly showing your name, date of birth, and photograph.

If applicable, a clear copy of your spouse’s and/or dependents’ passport page(s) are also required if they will accompany you with an F-2 visa.

University Transcript

Submit an English translation of your university transcript with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or the equivalent. You will be required to upload a screenshot of your GPA verification in your application. Please use the GPA Calculator to convert your international GPA to a 4.0 scale.

Financial Certification*

Proof that you or your sponsor are financially capable of meeting the minimum funds required for this program.

Submit a Verification of Bank Funds dated within 60 days from the date your application is received (must be in English); or,  submit a Sponsor Statement (PDF) (must be in English if bank funds are not your own). 

Immunization Form*

Download and complete your Immunization Form (PDF).

*Financial certification documents and an immunization form are not required for students applying to the Study Abroad Online program. 

English Language Requirements

Study Abroad students must meet the minimum English Language Proficiency requirements for planned coursework.

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below.

Acceptable Tests and Minimum Scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.


UCLA Extension recognizes English as the official language from any of the following recognized countries and Territories, and as such are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.

Applicants who are citizens of the following countries and territories and identify with/use English as their first/primary language do not need to establish English language proficiency via examination.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland (Eswatini)
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Students can request additional waivers to the English Language Proficiency via Placement Test requirements beyond the exceptions outlined above by emailing with details for our review.

Study Abroad students are eligible to enroll in undergraduate courses offered by the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences. The College offers a wide variety of courses in the Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. 

Enrollment for all UCLA courses is on a space-available basis. Study abroad students must also meet English Language requirements, course prerequisites, and have the instructor's consent to enroll. Please also note that restrictions apply to some courses and programs.

Concurrent Enrollment English Language Requirements

For students applying to the Study Abroad at UCLA program and planning on enrolling in courses offered by the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, the English requirements are as follows.

  • TOEFL: 100
  • IELTS: 7
  • iTEP: 5
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 120

Official TOEFL iBT results can be sent by TOEFL to UCLA Extension (School Code 4910-0000); For Academic IELTS results, send to UCLA Extension directly.

Scores must have been achieved within 24 months of your application date.

Please Note: Payment of the program fee is due 6 weeks before the start of the program. Admission to Study Abroad at UCLA, UCLA Extension, and/or individual UCLA courses does not constitute admission to UCLA or any UCLA degree.


Overseas Representatives

International students can apply to the Study Abroad at UCLA program on their own or through a specific study abroad consulting office.

Contact Study Abroad

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

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