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July in Los Angeles, USA at UCLA
Live and study in sunny, seaside Los Angeles, California on the west coast of the USA. Take classes at the diverse and prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for a fun and productive short-term course abroad.
Spend six weeks studying at one of the best Universities in the world – gain credit while experiencing a global city and campus like no other!
In 2013–2014, UCLA ranked 12th in academics and 8th for reputation in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
As a UCLA ‘summer’ (July) session student you have access to hundreds of academic courses, on and off campus living options, all of the university facilities, including multiple gyms, pools, libraries…..everything you need!
Start getting excited about:
Having the opportunity to be a part of a university that receives more student applications than any other in the US. Actually make that the world! This is the university that students dream of attending, and as a CISaustralia student you will have that opportunity.
Choose to study from a multitude of disciplines – business, management, finance, accounting, humanities, the arts, social science, sociology, anthropology, history, communications, journalism, health and health related fields, IT, engineering and more.
UCLA has everything you could possibly need to have an interesting and fun-filled Aussie winter (US summer). Beginning with its lush landscaping and impressive architecture, the campus is an experience in itself – add to this modern residential halls, libraries, world class athletic facilities, a multitude of entertainment opportunities and you realise that a US summer (July) session at UCLA is not only academically rewarding but also a great place to spend six weeks of your Australian winter!
Living and studying in the entertainment capital of the world – LA. It’s a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums, not to mention a paradise of good weather. LA has an average of 284 – 312 days of sunshine every year (not all the authorities can agree). Let’s just say that it’s sunny a lot! Compare this to 185 sunny days per year in Melbourne or even 261 for Brisbane!
You can study in a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and a global perspective. At the CISaustralia July in Los Angeles program, you will be studying on the UCLA campus with more than 17,000 US students and more than 1,300 international students enrolled over the US ‘summer’ session.
Enjoy summer in LA – experience outdoor concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theater. Many activities in the city are free, including stargazing at the Griffith Observatory, hipster watching in Silver Lake and outings to the mountains and beaches.
LA and UCLA have it all! There are one or two cultural excursions/activities included in the program fees, plus you will have plenty of free time to check out some of the awesome things you can discover firsthand on your own during your program.
Amazing University in a beautiful, inspiring setting – there is a reason why UCLA receives more applications than any other university in the world!
Six weeks living and experiencing all LA has to offer – weekend trips to Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, walking down Santa Monica Boulevard, window shopping in Beverly Hills, people watching in Venice Beach and catching a Dodgers baseball game
Gain credit for two academic courses that are available to full-time UCLA students during the academic year
Be guided by world class lecturers and professors – UCLA boasts a research focus that is envied by most institutions around the globe
Choose from hundreds of UCLA courses – it’s not easy to select just two
Meet students from around the world – create a lifelong network of like-minded and motivated friends
All the amazing places you can visit from your base in LA! Places like Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, San Diego and even Mexico
Enjoy being a part of arguably the entertainment capital of the world, LA is a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums!
While Australia is in the middle of winter, take 6 weeks out in the Californian summer
Try out new restaurants, visit the tourist attractions or sit back and chill out on the beach
Eighth-best university in the world!
UCLA was ranked the eighth-best university in the world (2015) and the second-best public university in the United States in a global rankings report released by U.S. News & World Report.
The university remained in the same spot it held last year in the inaugural Best Global Universities report. The report ranked 750 universities from 57 countries – an increase from 500 institutions ranked in 2014. U.S. News & World Report included the top 200 universities from the Thomson Reuters’ global reputation survey, which aimed to gather academics’ opinions of universities around the world.
UCLA has one of the strongest education brands in the USA and globally. UCLA is highly ranked and sought after by students worldwide and it receives the most applications of any university in the world!
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.
As an international student at UCLA for the US ‘summer’ session you have hundreds of courses to choose from, from ecology and engineering to dance and psychology, from gender studies to Japanese and linguistics – the options are phenomenal. You are able to enrol in academic courses that are exclusively available to full-time UCLA students during the academic year.
Academic Requirement: To qualify 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 please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.
How to choose your courses: Now this is the fun part. As part of your application you will complete a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. The instructions provided will assist you through the steps involved in selecting your courses.
Course load: A minimum of two courses (8 US credits). As an international student you will need to take 2 courses minimum (or equivalent minimum of 8 US credits). UCLA are very clear that students MUST be enrolled in a minimum of 8 US credits (could be 2 x 4 US credits or some other combination) to keep their valid student visa.
Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas 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 credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
It is best to get 4 or 5 courses approved by your Australian university before you depart for your overseas program. This way you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule.
Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.
You may add and/or drop courses anytime before 5 p.m. Friday, week one of the program. After this deadline late fees will apply. It is your responsibility to make sure any course changes in the U.S. are pre-approved by your University in Australia.
On the first day of class your instructor will let you know what textbooks you need to buy. Most assigned textbooks will be available for purchase at the UCLA Bookstore.
Disciplines included in UCLA ‘Summer’ (July) Session include:
*UCLA is known to alter their course offerings frequently, so please be aware courses listed in this document are subject to change. Please enquire with your CISaustralia Program Advisor to confirm if the courses you are interested in are still on offer.
The Office of Residential Life organises several optional trips and activities on weekends and evenings (at additional expense). Some examples are trips to Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Catalina Island and outlet mall shopping excursions on the weekends. There are also trips to local attractions such as the beach, movie nights, baseball games and bowling alleys. There are often trips scheduled for outside the LA area. Past trips have included Las Vegas, San Francisco and the Grand Canyon. Sign-up sheets and tickets will be available on arrival, and all students are welcome to participate. There are extra fees for these trips, and transportation is typically included in those costs.
The CISaustralia Site Director (SD) will also welcome you to LA and help you settle in. Our friendly SD will conduct a number of cultural activities and / or excursions within your six weeks at UCLA. These activities change every year and will be confirmed by your SD on arrival. Activities might include a baseball or basketball game, welcome and/or farewell dinner, visit to one of the well-known local museums and/or galleries, or one of the many other famous local attractions in LA. All the CISaustralia activities organised by your SD are included in your program fee.
UCLA lies at the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the world – Los Angeles.
Bordered by iconic neighbourhoods – Bel Air, Brentwood, Beverly Hills – UCLA is a crossroads of ideas, cultures, opportunities and limitless experiences.
UCLA 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, eclectic boutiques and superb cultural and historic attractions.
LA is arguably the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums and a paradise of good weather. With a multitude of tourist attractions, great career opportunities, amazing restaurants and entertainment galore – LA is simply the place to be.
A few facts about the city of LA:
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 3.8 million people, growing 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 cafés. Among its movie theatres is the Mann Village Theatre, which hosts frequent Hollywood movie premieres. A playhouse and museum are also part of the mix. Just a few minutes away by bus you can visit the Getty Centre (a museum famous for its art collection, architecture, and commanding views of Los Angeles). Admission is free.
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 Rodeo Drive. 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, you don’t have far to go to explore the rest of California. To the east is the desert – try your hand at climbing the rocks at Joshua Tree National Park. To the south, you can surf the beaches of Orange and San Diego counties. Head north on Highway 1 for unforgettable ocean views, enjoy lunch in Santa Barbara and perhaps continue north and explore the streets and bridges of San Francisco, the Napa Valley vineyards and breathtaking Yosemite National Park.
Rodeo Drive – The internationally known 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.
Dodger Stadium – Home to the Dodgers, LA’s professional baseball team. Head to the stadium to eat popcorn and hot dogs while you cheer on the Big Blue!
Universal City Walk – A collection of restaurants, shops, cinemas and music clubs located within Universal Studios.
The Getty Centre – A nearby museum that is 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’).
Disneyland in nearby Anaheim is Walt Disney’s original theme park. This is a favourite destination for students and pretty much most people that visit LA. The UCLA residential halls organise visits to Disneyland for students in the ‘summer’ session. Pop on those Mickey Mouse ears and get ready to experience Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland… you get the picture!
Did we mention UCLA ranked 12th in academics and 8th for reputation in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings?
UCLA is a university built on optimism – this can-do perspective has brought them 12 Nobel Prizes, 12 Rhodes Scholarships, more National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations. The faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis. Not to mention more than 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.
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 welcoming.
As a UCLA ‘summer’ (July) session student you have hundreds of academic courses to choose from, high standard on-campus accommodation and full access to the university facilities, including multiple libraries and two recreation centres – the John Wooden Centre and the Sunset Canyon Recreation Centre. Combined, the recreation centres offer hundreds of 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. For access to UCLA Recreation Services, you will need a valid student card (BruinCard) which we will assist you to apply for.
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 – all just a short walk from your accommodation.
Wireless internet access is available in select locations on-campus for users with an eligible UCLA Login ID and appropriate wireless network interface card. There are also cable TV and computer network connections in each room of the on-campus accommodation.
UCLA have on-campus security – at designated times, free of charge you can be walked or dropped to different buildings on campus –and also the campus and surrounds are patrolled by the University of California Police Department. Exterior doors of residence halls and suites are locked and equipped with alarms. Your student card (BruinCard) lets you in.
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 that sells electronics, linen and furnishings is about 15 minutes by bus from UCLA.
Your student ID is called your ‘BruinCard’ and it is your passport to life at UCLA. It serves many purposes and the convenience of all the included features makes it a must-have necessity. You will receive this card once you arrive at UCLA.
BruinCard features and functions include:
Official university ID
Pre-paid debit feature can be used for purchases at campus stores and restaurants and at select local merchants
Library card to check out materials and pay for copies and printing
Campus gym and recreational facilities pass
Access card for on-campus housing residential buildings
Meal card for meal swipes at any of the residential restaurants in on-campus housing
Laundry card for all university housing facilities
Transportation card for discounted fares
Note: Bruin is an Old English word used for brown bears. The Bruin is the mascot of the sports teams of the UCLA.
The university provides comfortably furnished residence halls and off-campus university apartments within easy walking distance of classrooms, libraries, swimming pools and recreational facilities.
The residence halls offered for the ‘summer’ (July) session are new or renovated – students love the atmosphere and location. Most of the accommodation is elevated overlooking the campus. Accommodation is offered on a first in best dressed scenario, so be sure to apply well ahead of our deadline so we can confirm your accommodation placement.
During your program, you’ll be able to choose from two accommodation options: Residence Halls and Off-Campus Apartments.
On-Campus Residence Halls:
Residence Hall rooms are shared by two (sometimes three students). Each room is carpeted and includes a twin bed, desk, chair, bookcase, cupboard and drawer space for each student. Students live on coed floors with designated male and female community restrooms with private showers located on each floor. There are also cable TV and computer network connections in each room. There are coin operated laundry facilities on each floor of the halls. A refrigerator rental service is available to students when they arrive. The Halls of Residence accommodation package includes 11 meals per week (and can be used at breakfast, lunch or dinner).
Upon arrival, each resident is provided with one set of bed linens, a pillow, blanket, towel and washcloth for use during their ‘summer’.
The Office of Residential Life organises evening entertainment for students staying in on-campus housing. Information about the events is posted around the buildings. Special events like movie nights, barbecues, dances and organised trips to places of interest in Southern California are planned for residents throughout the summer.
A refrigerator rental service is available to students when they arrive. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located on each floor of the halls. If you choose to purchase a television, basic cable television service is provided to all rooms.
The fees for Residence Halls include meals (11 per week) at various student dining halls, which begin with dinner on the Sunday evening before classes start and end with breakfast on the last Saturday of check-out.
Off-Campus University Apartments:
The university apartments are close to campus, within a few minutes’ walking distance. Students will share a fully-furnished apartment with up to four other students. Apartments are shared and there may be one bedroom with two beds, or two bedrooms with four beds. A linen pack is provided for each resident.
Utilities such as electricity, air conditioning, water, television, internet and gas for cooking are included. Kitchens come fully equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, oven and dishwasher. Please note that you will need to provide your own cooking utensils. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available in each building, and each apartment has its own mailbox.
UCLA is smoke-free! Smoking in housing, classrooms and all campus facilities is prohibited.
All additional UCLA registration, orientation and document fees
Accommodation for duration of program (shared rooms)
A meal plan is available for on-campus accommodation only (11 meals per week)
Selected excursions and / or cultural activities
Health and medical insurance (if requested)
CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
Assistance with travel arrangements
Pre-departure guide and session
Access to gym, pool, library, multiple eateries
24 / 7 on-site support – CISaustralia Site Director
UCLA official transcript
CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
A comprehensive online pre-arrival orientation will be provided to help answer any questions you may have about UCLA, Los Angeles, campus resources and more. You are required to complete all modules of the UCLA orientation by the Friday before the beginning of your CISaustralia July session.
What is not included:
Vaccinations (if required)
Meals (unless mentioned above)
Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)
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.
Note: Students could opt to undertake more than 8 US credits, however, there would be an additional tuition charge for this. CISaustralia would not recommend a study load any larger than 8 US credits (typically 2 courses) during your 6 week July at UCLA program.
Please note that additional lab, service fees and/or additional credit fees may apply to your UCLA enrolment in July. These fees will be charged by UCLA to CISaustralia (after your arrival at UCLA), who will in turn pass these fees onto each CISaustralia student. Additional lab fees will not normally apply to standard courses in business or humanities. Additional fees could be applied for the following:
1. Students will be charged additional tuition fees for any additional credits studied over and above the standard 8 US credits for the CISaustralia July at UCLA program, and / or
2. Laboratory fees that might be associated with lab classes. Lab fees are likely to exist for science, engineering (or similar) related courses. Lab fees are not included in the standard program fee and students might expect to pay an additional amount of approx. AUD$600 per course (fees fluctuate per course and are implemented by UCLA without discussion or negotiation).
Students are required to pay for any additional lab or credit fees, and will be invoiced by CISaustralia at the end of the UCLA add/drop period. Students should select courses carefully and note the US credit weighting for each course. The CISaustralia program to UCLA in July only includes up to and including 8 US credits (normally 2 x 4 US credit courses). Students who choose courses with a higher US credit weighting, i.e. more than 8 US credits for two courses, will be charged at approx. $450 per additional US credit (pending current exchange rates). This fee will be calculated after the student’s first week at UCLA (the UCLA add / drop period) and CISaustralia will invoice all students directly after week one of the program for any additional US credits or lab fees. UCLA transcripts will be available once all fees have been paid in full to CISaustralia.
Any additional fees incurred while onsite (e.g. UCLA Health Services) need to be paid by students through their MyUCLA account before the program ends. Transcripts will be held until payment is made and processed.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees and inclusions at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or changes made by our affiliates and partner universities.
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