A division of UCLA, UCLA Extension is the largest, single campus continuing education program in the world, and offers a wide variety of courses and certificate programs to Los Angeles residents, professionals, and international students. UCLA Extension is at the cusp of an emerging educational frontier.

Top reasons to study here

  • Excellence: UCLA Extension demonstrates a high degree of proficiency, knowledge, commitment, and expertise in all that they do.
  • Creativity: UCLA Extension discovers and develops new ideas, programs, and processes that are both innovative and imaginative.
  • Integrity: UCLA Extension acts in accordance with the highest moral and ethical standards personally, professionally, and academically.

Short Courses

Computer Science & IT (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



  • 1917: University Extension is founded in Los Angeles, enrolling 1,684 students in 97 classes its first year. Two years later, UCLA is founded.
  • 2017: UCLA Extension opens its new Woodland Hills location. And UCLA Extension observes its centennial of instruction and service to Southern California and our wider communities.


Fields of study include business and management, computer programming, engineering, entertainment studies, interior design, project management, and many more. Most UCLA Extension courses are taught by experienced professionals who place a strong emphasis on practical application—providing students with the knowledge and skills they need in their careers.


Employers worldwide recognize the value of ongoing training and up-to-date skills. Academic certificate programs - focused study sequences that combine theory with practical knowledge -are typically very well received by employers and can be a significant consideration for hiring and promotion. In addition, because certificate program curriculum is reviewed at least every 5 years, and frequently developed by accredited professional organizations, state commissions and boards, employers can rest assured of relevant, current topic coverage in the classroom.


Student services

Studying abroad not only provides insights into a new culture and a different educational system, but it also can help you better understand yourself and your own culture. The experience is often exciting, and sometimes presents challenges and problems.

ISO Services include counseling on:
  • Document preparation for F-1 student visas.
  • Visa status changes.
  • Transfers from one school to another.
  • Temporary travel outside the U.S.

Housing services

International students enrolled in UCLA Extension programs typically live off campus, usually in apartments.

Exceptions – On-campus housing is available only during the summer quarter for those enrolled in the American Language Center or Study Abroad programs.

Library services

The UCLA Library, with more than seven million volumes, ranks among the top three university research libraries in North America. You can read books and magazines or study there without an ID card or a library card.

The Westwood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library  provides free access to computer workstations.

ICT services

Free Internet service for your laptop computer is available at numerous public areas in west Los Angeles, including some restaurants and cafes, coffee shops, certain parts of the UCLA campus, UCLA Extension (ALC) buildings, and most local libraries.

Medical services

Injury and Sickness Insurance is included in the American Language Center’s student services fees. This insurance allows you to visit a hospital or clinic if you need medical attention due to an injury or sickness while studying at the ALC. Certificate program students will pay a separate fee each quarter for health insurance.

Student Life

Campus life

Situated on 419 acres, the picturesque, park-like UCLA campus includes 174 buildings in a variety of architectural styles, as well as museums, sculpture gardens, fountains, and green spaces. During your free time, you can help out at the on campus volunteer center, participate in community programs, and meet other international students at the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars.

Sports facilities

  • Los Angeles Tennis Center: 8 lighted tennis courts.
  • Sunset Canyon Recreation Center: 25- and 50-meter pools with picnic/barbecue areas.
  • John Wooden Recreation and Sports Center: Gym & fitness center, racquetball, basketball, and rock climbing.
  • Marina Aquatic Center: Located at the Pacific Ocean, offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and other nautical sports.

Student clubs

UCLA’s Center for Student Programming (CSP) lists hundreds of different clubs and interest groups open to all students. Many have an international and cultural emphasis such as the International Folk Dance Club, the Korean American Student Association, and the Chicano Latino Film Festival.


Accreditation through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).