January in Los Angeles, USA at UCLA Extension

Spend 2 weeks this summer studying at UCLA Extension – in vibrant Los Angeles, USA. Enjoy a beautiful, global campus with state-of-the- art amenities, including multiple gyms, pools, libraries, cafes and restaurants – all surrounded by LA’s most iconic neighbourhoods.

Program Overview

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the CISaustralia January in Los Angeles, USA at UCLA Extension program for January 2021 has been placed on hold. Applications are now open for January 2022. Please contact CISaustralia for more details.


Spend 2 weeks this summer studying at UCLA Extension – in vibrant Los Angeles (LA), California. Enjoy a beautiful, global campus with state-of-the-art amenities, including multiple gyms, pools, cafes and restaurants – all surrounded by LA’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Escape the heat and wet Australian summer weather for a warm, dry Southern California ‘winter’. UCLA’s aesthetics alone are impressive, with its lush landscaping and remarkable architecture featuring modern amenities. Add to this a vibrant campus, world class athletic facilities and entertainment opportunities and you realise that a summer short course at UCLA Extension is not only academically rewarding but personally fulfilling as well.

UCLA Extension – CISaustralia and UCLA Extension have combined to offer this 2-week program for Australian students. UCLA Extension is one of America’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive continuing higher education providers. Also known as the UCLA Division of Continuing Education, UCLA Extension offers a wide variety of professional development courses and programs for people who want to advance their careers, explore new career options, and enrich their personal lives. Most UCLA courses and programs are ‘open-enrolment’ meaning that they are open to residents in the Los Angeles area and individuals in other parts of California and the US. Additionally, UCLA Extension offers a variety of courses and programs for international students and professionals, and, at any given time, there are more than 1,000 international participants enrolled in UCLA Extension programs and courses. All courses and certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension have been developed and are administered in accordance with Extension and UCLA policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

UCLA Extension is located in Westwood, approximately a 10 minute walk from UCLA campus proper. Classes are typically held in the two main UCLA Extension buildings: Gayley Center and 1010 Westwood Center. On occasion, classes may be conducted on the UCLA campus, but this cannot be guaranteed and is dependent on classroom availability. Detailed maps and information will be provided in a comprehensive pre-departure guide prior to program start.

UCLA Accomplishments – Amongst its many accomplishments and notable alumni, UCLA has 12 Nobel Prizes, 12 Rhodes Scholarships, more National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations. A fun fact is that some faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis – our lives would not be what we are used to without these people. More than 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA, and in 2013–2014, UCLA ranked 12th in academics and 8th for reputation in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Summer Program Designed Specifically for CISaustralia and Australian University students – On this 2-week January program specifically designed by UCLA Extension for CISaustralia students, participants enjoy all that UCLA Extension and Los Angeles have to offer, while choosing a course that aligns with the Australian university summer break. UCLA receives more student applications than any other university in the USA – arguably the world! Students will take classes primarily or exclusively with other Australian CISaustralia university students, but will have the opportunity to meet full-time UCLA students by walking around the beautiful campus. On average, 30% of students enrolled in courses on this program are US or other international students, and the remaining 70% are from CISaustralia. US and international student enrolments vary from class to class and year to year. Class sizes and the proportion of other students in any given class will vary based on demand, class caps, pre-requisites and enrolment per course.

Exceptional Support – CISaustralia prides itself in providing personal, attentive support from initial enquiry all the way through to after you’ve returned. We also offer a full range of support services on the ground, helping you with airport pick up, settling in, excursions, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need someone to chat to. Our on-site staff will organise some excursions and activities to help you meet fellow participants and to experience some of the area’s many impressive sites. If you’re in need of an activity, restaurant suggestion, direction to local sporting events or even a museum location, our on-site staff will be more than eager to share recommendations with you!

Life in Vibrant Los Angeles – Enjoy living and studying in the entertainment capital of the world. LA is a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums, over 4 million people and the 15th largest economy in the world. You’ll study in a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and a global perspective. Home to icons such as Hollywood and Rodeo Drive, and with Disneyland nearby, Los Angeles offers both a wide range of must-visit tourist destinations and plenty to keep you engaged when you venture off the beaten track.

Highlights

Some highlights of this program include:

  • Amazing university in a beautiful and inspiring setting
  • 2 weeks living and experiencing all that LA has to offer. There is so much to see and do! Consider a weekend trip to Disneyland, visit Universal Studios, go for a walk down Santa Monica Boulevard, or catch an LA Lakers basketball or LA Kings ice hockey game
  • Earn credit for one academic course in ‘Business of Entertainment’ or ‘Digital Marketing’
  • Meet other students from around Australia and the world, and make professional contacts – create a lifelong network of likeminded and motivated individuals
  • Many amazing places you can visit in easy travelling distance from LA
  • Enjoy being a part of arguably the entertainment capital of the world – LA is a cultural mecca boasting of more than 300 museums, and, of course, the film and television production hub of Hollywood
  • Take a break from the Aussie summer heat with a mild, sunny ‘winter’ in Southern California – warm days and mild nights
  • Go skiing or snowboarding – access some great resorts within 2-3 hours of LA
  • Spend the weekend visiting the bright lights of Las Vegas – only a 4-hour drive
  • Try new food and restaurants, visit the touristy attractions or sit back and take in entertainment galore – LA is the place to be

Choose Your Course

As a CISaustralia student you will be attending UCLA Extension on a program exclusive to CISaustralia and designed in coordination with UCLA Extension for Australian students. Courses are normally scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, though students should be aware that classes are subject to the professor’s availability. As such, there may be some classes held on a Saturday.

In 2013–2014, UCLA ranked 12th in academics and 8th for reputation in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2013, Business Insider ranked UCLA as having the most driven students in the world, boosting the school’s prestige with respect to recruiting and hiring.

The university is one of America’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive continuing higher education providers. It boasts of Emmy-, Grammy-, and Oscar-nominated alumni, including Iris Yamashita, who was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Letters from Iwo Jima. Other notable alumni include James Franco, Marilyn Monroe, Gavin Hood (Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film – Tsotsi) and Randi Mayem Singer, who wrote the screenplay for Mrs. Doubtfire.

As this program has been designed exclusively for CISaustralia, it is likely that most students in the classes will be Australian; however, UCLA Extension will open class enrolment to US and international students, pending class numbers. CISaustralia and UCLA Extension will organise a formal orientation for the first week of classes and an informal social event to ensure that CISaustralia students will have the chance to meet their class colleagues. There will also be a guest lecture and networking event with other UCLA Extension students.

UCLA Extension and CISaustralia strongly recommend that students bring their own laptops, as students will not have access to computer labs.

Course Offerings:

  • Business of Entertainment
  • Digital Marketing

Note: UCLA Extension will supply all required handouts and textbooks. Optional materials and textbooks can to be purchased in advance or on arrival by students (at the student’s expense). Most textbooks will be available at the UCLA Store in Ackerman Union.

Course Load: As a visa requirement, students must undertake 1 full-time course (4 US credits) while attending this program – no more, no less. CISaustralia recommends students get both courses approved for academic credit with their Australian university – in the case that 1 of the courses does not run due to low enrolment numbers or professor availability.

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for academic credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview and the contact hours.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

Course Descriptions:

COURSE: MGMT-X 460.394
CREDITS: 4 US credits / Approx. 36 classroom contact hours

The Internet, the digital revolution, and the move toward an information-based economy are dramatically changing business and the way products are marketed and sold. To be more successful in this “new marketing world”, business people need to understand what is changing and how to use the new tools to their optimal advantage. This course is for both veteran marketers who want to understand the new tools available through the Internet, and those who are comfortable with Internet applications and the digital world but want to learn the marketing fundamentals as they apply to the Internet.

COURSE: MGMT-X 403.31
CREDITS: 4 US credits / Approx. 36 classroom contact hours

With the entertainment industry converging into a worldwide mass media, both business and operation models continue to rapidly evolve. This introductory course for producers, directors, writers, development personnel, and aspiring media executives examines the changing business issues associated with the entertainment industry. Through lectures, discussions with industry guests, and case studies, instruction focuses on current business and production issues, and introduces new business models to navigate content onto new distribution platforms. Some history is highlighted to provide a context for current practices and potential. The course also features opportunities to meet senior entertainment industry executives in various sectors. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the opportunities available in the business of entertainment.

COURSE: MGMT-X 403.31
CREDITS: 4 US credits / Approx. 36 classroom contact hours

With the entertainment industry converging into a worldwide mass media, both business and operation models continue to rapidly evolve. This introductory course for producers, directors, writers, development personnel, and aspiring media executives examines the changing business issues associated with the entertainment industry. Through lectures, discussions with industry guests, and case studies, instruction focuses on current business and production issues, and introduces new business models to navigate content onto new distribution platforms. Some history is highlighted to provide a context for current practices and potential. The course also features opportunities to meet senior entertainment industry executives in various sectors. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the opportunities available in the business of entertainment.

Excursions

Our local CISaustralia Site Director will organise a welcome dinner and lead 1 excursion or activity during the program. Excursions that have been hosted in previous years have included sporting games, local tours, group meals, visits to the J. Paul “Getty” Museum, Santa Monica pier walking tour and other similar outings.

Students can opt to undertake a myriad of day or weekend trips on their own accord (and at their own expense), which might include Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Catalina Island and outlet mall shopping centres.

While a UCLA student card is not included, our on-site team can assist with ideas and suggestions on discount cards like the ‘Go Los Angeles Card’ and loads of free activities and things to do in LA – to immerse yourself and to experience the sights and local life.

Location

UCLA Extension lies at the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the world – Los Angeles. Nestled among iconic neighbourhoods such as Bel Air, Brentwood and Beverly Hills, UCLA Extension provides an exceptionally engaging and stimulating setting.

UCLA Extension is located in Westwood in the northern central portion of the Westside region of LA. From its hip arts district to fine dining, the Westside is home to many of LA’s best restaurants, high-end shopping and eclectic boutiques, and superb cultural and historic attractions. UCLA Extension is approximately a 10 minute walk from UCLA campus proper.

Home to Hollywood, LA is without a doubt the entertainment capital of the world. The city also boasts a range of tourist attractions, great career opportunities, a feast of national sports, amazing restaurants and entertainment galore. Simply put, LA is the place to be!

The average temperature for Los Angeles in January is 13°C. The average high is a pleasant 18°C. Be prepared for both cool and warm. While LA traditionally has wonderful blue skies and mild/warm weather, in the winter months of December to February, nights can get cool, so make sure to bring a warm jacket.

A few facts about the city of Los Angeles:

  • It is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice
  • LA County, with more than 87,000 jobs in the fashion industry, has surpassed New York’s fashion district workforce
  • The LA five-county area also has more than 700,000 people at work in health services/biomedical activities and 190,000 people in aerospace/technology
  • The city of LA is home to roughly 4 million people, expanding to 9.8 million if considering the County of LA
  • LA is an international destination city that is a hub of creativity in the arts and business
  • LA is filled with vibrant neighbourhoods and ethnic communities – including Chinatown, Koreatown and Little India

Westwood Village – Home of UCLA:
Located just south of the UCLA campus, Westwood Village is designed with students in mind. It has three major supermarkets and dozens of restaurants and cafes. Among its cinemas is the Mann Village Theatre, which hosts frequent Hollywood movie premieres. A playhouse and museum are also part of the mix and just a few minutes by bus you can visit the Getty Centre – a museum famous for its art collection, architecture and commanding view of the Los Angeles area. Admission is free.

Nearby:
Santa Monica – Once a sleepy beach town, Santa Monica is now a vibrant city between UCLA and the coast. In addition to Santa Monica’s beaches and the famed Santa Monica Pier, you can take a walk on Main Street, lined with art galleries and shops or the Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian district with restaurants, more than 200 shops, a farmers market and street performers.

Beverly Hills – Just a couple of kilometres from UCLA you’ll find the tree-lined boulevards of Beverly Hills and the infamous shopping district of Rodeo Drive, full of more glitz and glam than most can handle. If shopping and locating star homes isn’t your thing, you can take in a movie screening at the Museum of Television and Radio.

Venice – Famous for its beachfront boardwalk, Venice is home to Muscle Beach and always some colourful characters. This beach resort, complete with a casino and a pier full of restaurants, remains a great place for playing and people watching.

Beyond Los Angeles – When you are at UCLA Extension, you don’t have far to go to explore the rest of California. To the east is the desert – try your hand at climbing rocks of Joshua Tree National Park. To the south, surf the beaches of Orange and San Diego counties. Head north on coast-hugging Highway 1 for unforgettable ocean views. Enjoy lunch in Santa Barbara and perhaps continue north to explore the streets and bridges of San Francisco, the Napa Valley vineyards and breathtaking Yosemite National Park.

Attractions:
Rodeo Drive – The world-famous shopping destination anchored by Tiffany, Bulgari, Armani and other high-end retailers.

Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica – An attractive pedestrian district in beachside Santa Monica, complete with shops, restaurants and street performers.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits – The county museum of art has an extensive collection, special exhibits and frequent cultural events, including free jazz on Friday evenings. Next door, visit the La Brea Tar Pits, where stone-age animals became entrapped in pools of asphalt!

Venice Beach – A beautiful stretch of beach and ocean with a boardwalk that is home to an eclectic group of artists and performers.

Universal City Walk – A collection of restaurants, shops, cinemas and music clubs located within Universal Studios.

The Getty Centre – A nearby museum famously admired for its art collection, architecture and commanding view of LA. Admission is free.

Griffith Park – The largest city park in the US with many attractions, including an observatory, a train museum and even a pony ride!

Hollywood and Highland – At this famous corner you’ll find several famous Hollywood landmarks: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame (see the stars of our Aussies Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman), and the Kodak Theatre (now known as Dolby Theatre and home to the Academy Awards ceremonies, ‘the Oscars’), among them.

Disneyland – Walt Disney’s original theme park in nearby Anaheim, this is a favourite destination of students, families and pretty much most people that visit LA. Pop on those Mickey Mouse ears and get ready to experience Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland… you get the picture!

The University

A part of the University of California system, UCLA Extension originated as an ‘extension’ of UC Berkeley, making it older than UCLA itself. As a continuing higher education institution, it is, as the name suggests, a branch of UCLA that can lay claim to notable alumni such as Marilyn Monroe, James Franco, Bryan Cogman (screenwriter and producer, Game of Thrones), Iris Yamashita (screenwriter and Academy Award nominee, Letters from Iwo Jima) and more!

UCLA Extension is one of America’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive continuing higher education providers. Also known as the UCLA Division of Continuing Education, UCLA Extension offers a wide variety of professional development courses and programs for people who want to advance their careers, explore new career options, and enrich their personal lives.

With UCLA-approved courses and curriculum, UCLA Extension has created a customised program specifically for CISaustralia.

As a CISaustralia-UCLA Extension student enrolled during this special session, you will enjoy a structured academic and social program specifically designed for Australian students, while also enjoying access to the university’s recreation centres that offer fitness classes and activities. Your options stretch from individual use of workout equipment and swimming pools, to participation in fitness classes, yoga and martial arts, not to mention basketball courts, athletic tracks, volleyball courts and a rock climbing wall.

UCLA Extension is located in Westwood, approximately a 10 minute walk from UCLA campus proper. Classes are typically held in the two main UCLA Extension buildings: Gayley Center and 1010 Westwood Center. On occasion, classes may be conducted on the UCLA campus, but this cannot be guaranteed and is dependent on classroom availability. Detailed maps and information will be provided in a comprehensive pre-departure guide prior to program start.

UCLA Extension buildings and classrooms:

The UCLA campus is in a superb location with accessible and economical transport available to explore the region. The campus is well-maintained, the facilities world class, and the student body extremely welcoming.

Westwood Village is within walking distance to the campus where you will find many shops and some great eateries and restaurants. A large shopping mall is about 15 minutes by bus from UCLA.

There are several ATMs located throughout campus. Bank ATMs give access to the Star, Plus or Cirrus networks, so you can often use these ATMs on a network arrangement to withdraw funds. There is also a post office, hair salon, multiple computer labs and several libraries in and around campus.

Students will have access to UCLA’s libraries to study and research, but will not be able to borrow books, or copy and print from the facilities. UCLA Extension will provide students on the CISaustralia program with all necessary textbooks (included in the program fee).

Please note that CISaustralia cannot guarantee that classes will take place on the UCLA campus. Class placements are subject to classroom availability during UCLA’s Winter Quarter, and often UCLA Extension classes will take place in the UCLA Extension buildings located around and in close proximity to the campus itself.

Accommodation

CISaustralia students will stay in basic, off-campus accommodation for the duration of the program and can choose between a single or shared room. Further detailed information will be provided here soon. 

NOTE: There are a limited number of rooms available each January intake, which places a cap on the program. Places are on a first come, first served basis (places secured on deposit).

Students will have access to free wifi when on campus and in the UCLA Extension buildings. No password is required, just connect to the ‘UCLA Web’ network and you will be good to go!

Program Fee & Dates

January 2021 (2 weeks)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the CISaustralia January in Los Angeles, USA at UCLA Extension program for January 2021 has been placed on hold. Applications are now open for January 2022. Please contact CISaustralia for more details.
Application Deadline05 November 2020
Arrival Date10 January 2021
Departure Date23 January 2021
Program Fee A$ 6,999 - 9,299
OS-HELP A$ 6,913

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees (1 course)
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Medical insurance
  • F1 visa related documentation and instructions (visa fee not included*)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • All additional UCLA registration, orientation and document fees
  • All program handouts and required textbooks
  • On-site orientation and campus tour
  • Off-campus accommodation – single or shared room
  • Welcome dinner
  • Recreation Card
  • CISaustralia selected excursion / activity
  • Farewell ceremony
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • UCLA Extension official transcript and record of participation
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

*Students should expect to pay approx. A$500 for their student visa, pending the exchange rate ($AUD to $USD). The visa fee of approx. A$500 includes 3 different components – a US Government visa application fee, a US Government Issuance Fee and the US Government Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. US Government student visa fees are regulated by the US Government and are subject to change without notice. CISaustralia cannot charge or collect fees for the US student visa.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Housing security deposit
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)
  • UCLA Student ID card

Please note that CISaustralia cannot guarantee that classes will take place on the UCLA campus. Class placements are subject to classroom availability during UCLA’s Winter Quarter, and often UCLA Extension classes will take place in the UCLA Extension buildings located around and in close proximity to the campus itself.

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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