Certificate Programs: How to Apply (2022)

Phase 1: International Certificate Program Application

If you have not already created a UCLA Extension student account, you will need to create one in order to begin the application process.

Create a new student account

You be asked to fill in the following information to complete your student profile:

  • Section 1: Personal and Emergency Contact Information
  • Section 2: International Representative Information. If you are working with a representative, agency, or a UCLA Extension university partner on your application to UCLA Extension, enter their information in this section.
  • Section 3: Why UCLA Extension? We are excited to get to know you better! Answer a few brief questions about why you chose UCLA Extension and what you hope to accomplish with us.
  • Section 4: Proof of English Language Proficiency. Student participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below.
  • Section 5: Program Selection. Select your certificate program and the quarter in which you will begin.*
  • Section 6: Acknowledgements and Policy Statements. Read about the application process and policies.

International students participating in a UCLA Extension Certificate program will be charged International Program Fees in addition to the fees outlined on the individual certificate program web pages. The International Program Fee is $4,500 for your first quarter and $3,500 for each subsequent quarter at UCLA Extension. This fee includes a variety of services, programs and activities, access to campus facilities, health insurance, etc. The fee does not include tuition, the certificate candidacy fee, or housing costs.

The International Program Fee charged by UCLA Extension for international students enrolled in certificate and study abroad programs are higher than fees for U.S. and California residents. That is because the higher fees cover the costs of providing additional student services for international students, such as visa support, health insurance, access to campus services, advising support (academic, visa, housing, etc.), social and cultural programming developed specifically for international students, etc. These higher fees are common for public institutions in the U.S.

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 or Home Edition)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685 (Listening & Reading or Speaking & Writing)
  • 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.

Students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English or International Baccalaureates (IB) students, 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
  • 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 for the English language proficiency by emailing intlcertificates@uclaextension.eduwith details for our review.

After you submit your Phase 1 application, please allow 3-5 business days for the IP-GEO to review your application. You will receive an email with next steps.

Apply to a Certificate Program as a new international student.

New International Certificate Application

Phase 2: International Student Commitment to Participate Application

Once your Phase 1 application is reviewed and approved, you will be emailed a link to complete the Phase 2 application. Review the Phase 2 application thoroughly, complete the application steps, and pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit. The $500 deposit is part of the total $4,500* International Program Fee. After you pay your $500 deposit, you will secure your placement in the program and will have a remaining program fee balance of $4,000 which will be paid during Phase 5 of the application process.

Please note: Quarterly program fees are separate from and do not include program tuition.

Entry QuarterNew Students
Outside the U.S.
Transfer Students
with Current I-20
Winter 2023
November 1, 2022November 15, 2022
Spring 2023
January1, 2023January 15, 2023
Summer 2023

After you submit your Phase 2 application, please allow 3-5 business days for the IP-GEO to review your application. You will receive an email with the next steps.

Phase 3: Certificate Program Candidacy Application

After your Phase 2 application is approved, you will receive an email from the IP-GEO with instructions to complete Phase 3 of the application. You will receive a link to complete your certificate program candidacy application and pay the candidacy fee ($0-$300, depending on the program).

Complete the certificate candidacy application. The certificate candidacy fee (if applicable) will be added to your cart. This fee must be paid along with the $500 deposit to complete the I-20 application in Phase 4. Once you have completed the candidacy application, please email the IP-GEO atintlcertificates@uclaextension.eduto confirm.

After you confirm that you have completed the Phase 3 application, please allow 3-5 business days for the IP-GEO to review your application. You will receive an email with next steps.

Phase 4: I-20 Application

Once you have completed Phases 2 and 3 of the application process, you will receive an email from the IP-GEO with instructions to complete Phase 4: the I-20 Application. Complete this application to begin the process of obtaining an F-1 student visa. You will receive the link six months before your program starts at the earliest. It is important to complete your I-20 application fully and as soon as possible so you have plenty of time to go through the visa process. If you have any questions about the I-20 Application or F-1 visas, please contact the International Student Services Office at iss@uclaextension.edu.

Prepare Supporting Documents

Before beginning your I-20 application, review the information below.

Please note that all supporting documents uploaded with your application must be in either .pdf .jpg format.

Make a clear, readable copy of your passport biographic page containing your name, birth date, expiration date, and the bottom two lines filled with letters and numbers.

If you are currently in the U.S. without an F-1 visaand want to change your current visa status to F-1, you will also be required to upload:

  • CompletedChange of Status Form(pdf)
  • A copy of yourmost recent I-94
  • A copy of your current Visa

However, we strongly recommend that you return to your home country to obtain an F-1 student visa.

You and/or your sponsor are financially responsible for your educational and living expenses for the duration of your program and must provide financial certification meeting the minimum funds for you and any dependents you may seek to bring with you. This financial statement is a federally required part of the visa-seeking process.

Statement of Financial Support Form

In the Phase: 4 I-20 Application, you will submit the Statement of Financial Support Form (pdf). Upload this form with an accompanying bank document or letter outlining your ability to cover the costs for your chosen program.

We will accept bank documents and letters dated within 6 months of your submitted Form I-20 application. All supporting bank documents or letters must show available funds to meet or exceed the amount of your program as outlined on the form. Types of acceptable support documents are outlined on the form.

Statement of Financial Support form (pdf)

Calculation of Financial Support

Each applicant is required to show a minimum of funding for school tuition and living expenses while enrolled as an F-1 student enrolled at UCLA Extension. Proof of additional funds for a spouse and/or children is required for F-2 dependents.

The costs for each program are outlined on the Statement of Financial Support form, which is required as part of the application process.

You are required to have health insurance for the duration of your studies. Health insurance fees are included in the quarterly international program student fee.

To view policy details, visit the Relation Insurance Services website or call (877) 246-6997 to speak to a representative.

If you plan to bring any dependents with you (spouse or children), the following must be provided for each family member:

  • Name (as it appears on passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Placeof birth
  • Country of citizenship
  • Passport photo copy

If you are already in the United States on F-1 visa status and plan to transfer your I-20 to UCLA Extension, you will also be required to upload:

We request that your current immigration advisor not release your SEVIS record to UCLA Extension until you are fully admitted and make your Commitment Deposit (Phase 2 of the application). If your SEVIS record is in anything but "Active" status, please contact International Student Services at iss@uclaextension.edu for more information.

You are a returning student if you have previously applied for an I-20 and paid the international program fee at UCLA Extension. If you are a current or former studentbut never applied for an I-20 atUCLA Extension, complete the new student application.

If you are anF-1 student transferring back to UCLA Extension,you must complete all application phases and be admitted into your new certificate of choice. Instructions on transferring your SEVIS record to UCLA Extension will be on your program admission letter.

If your SEVIS record is in anything but "Active" status, please contact International Student Services at iss@uclaextension.edu for more information before having your record transferred to UCLA Extension.

Entry Quarter*New Students
Outside the U.S.
Transfer Students
with Current I-20
Fall Quarter
August 1August 31
Winter Quarter
November 1November 30
Spring Quarter
February 1March 1
Summer Quarter
May 1May 31

*Instructional dates for each quarter can be viewed on theUCLA Extension Academic Calendar

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