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UCLA has a tradition of advancing higher education and the common good through excellence in scholarship, research, and public service. Academic excellence, faculty distinction, and a comprehensive curriculum are hallmarks of the UCLA experience. The College of Letters and Science and 11 graduate and professional schools present an extraordinary richness and diversity of teaching programs. The International Education Office, Summer Sessions, UCLA Extension, and UCLA International Institute provide academic and professional resources to UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community, as well as to the international community.
UCLA College and Schools
Academic programs offered at UCLA span the breadth and depth of over 200 disciplines and areas of study. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, research, and creative courses are supplemented by seminars, honors programs, specialized freshman clusters, internships, and education abroad opportunities. Instruction takes place in many unique venues, including specialized classrooms, computer and scientific laboratories, performance and studio spaces, and off-campus settings. Students and faculty members themselves mirror the cultural and racial diversity of Los Angeles. Academic programs are described in detail in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
International Education Office
The International Education Office (IEO) believes that study abroad and student exchange are exciting and broadening experiences that enrich any educational curriculum. The office works to facilitate international education by serving as the campuswide portal for the development and administration of study abroad and student exchange activity. It provides assistance to academic units seeking to develop study abroad programs, and it collaborates with the Academic Senate and departments to insure academic oversight of study abroad programs. The IEO also coordinates student advising services for undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad.
The IEO administers several programs, including the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), Travel Study, Non-UC Programs, and various student exchange agreements.
Full details about the academic programs abroad, requirements, and application procedures are available in B300 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-4995. See http://www.ieo.ucla.edu.
Education Abroad Program
The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers short- and long-term study programs in cooperation with over 140 host universities and colleges in more than 35 countries throughout the world. Participating students remain registered on their home campuses while studying abroad and receive full academic credit for their work. With careful planning, study abroad should not delay progress toward graduation. While on EAP, students are eligible for financial assistance. See http://www.ieo.ucla.edu/uceap/.
Travel Study offers short-term summer programs on five different continents. The Travel Study programs offer UC credit, the promise of an exciting summertime adventure, and intensive learning experiences taught by distinguished UCLA faculty members. Over 20 academic departments offer Travel Study programs that include from 8 to 16 quarter units of UC credit. Financial aid is available for qualified UC students. Registration begins in November for the following summer on a first-come, first-served basis. Travel Study is open to all students at any academic level. There is no grade-point average requirement to participate. See http://www.ieo.ucla.edu/travelstudy/.
The IEO also advises students about the many study abroad programs available through other universities or outside providers. Students should check with IEO to make sure those organizations are credible and to learn about the policies involved in taking a planned academic leave (PAL) for study abroad and the transfer of credit back to UCLA from other institutions. See http://www.ieo.ucla.edu/nonucprograms/.
Throughout the summer, UCLA offers more than 700 courses from approximately 60 UCLA departments in six-, eight-, nine-, and 10-week sessions. In addition, more than 30 specialized institutes offer concentrated programs in business, the arts, law, medicine, languages, and other subjects. Travel Study programs offer the option to study various subjects as part of an exciting and challenging travel experience. Many students take advantage of Summer Sessions to enroll in courses they were unable to take during the year, repeat courses in which they may have done poorly, lighten their academic load for the following term, or complete graduation requirements more quickly. Some special programs are designed for advanced high school students.
Although visiting students are welcome to enroll, admission to Summer Sessions does not constitute admission to the University in either undergraduate or graduate standing. Students who wish to attend UCLA in regular session must follow admission procedures described in the Undergraduate Study and Graduate Study sections of this catalog.
Regularly enrolled undergraduate students may attend UCLA Summer Sessions for full unit and grade credit. Summer Sessions work is recorded on the UCLA transcript, and grades earned are computed in the grade-point average. Check with a College or school counselor about applying these courses toward degree requirements and about any limitations the College or school may impose on Summer Sessions study. Financial aid funds are available to UCLA students.
Regularly enrolled graduate students may, with departmental approval, take regular session courses offered in Summer Sessions for credit toward a master’s or doctoral degree; consult a graduate adviser in advance concerning this possibility. Summer Sessions courses may also satisfy the academic residence requirement for master’s or doctoral degrees.
Unlike enrollment in regular terms, students may attend another college institution for credit while they are enrolled in Summer Sessions. Registration information is available in 1147 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-4101. See http://www.summer.ucla.edu.
With over 65,000 adult student enrollments each year, UCLA Extension is one of the largest university continuing education programs in the world. It is designed to bring the benefits of the University--its scholars, research, and resources--to the community and the state as a whole.
Many of UCLA Extension’s 4,500 classes are innovative and experimental in content, format, and teaching methods. Credit and noncredit courses are offered in nearly every academic discipline, in many interdisciplinary areas, and in emerging fields.
In addition, Extension offers special programs each term on topical issues as well as those of ongoing public concern. Many noncredit Extension courses offer the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units, widely used for relicensure and other professional/career-related purposes.
Although registering for Extension courses does not constitute admission to regular session, degree credit earned through Extension may apply toward the UCLA bachelor’s or master’s degree; consult a College or school counselor or graduate adviser before enrolling. For more information, refer to UCLA Extension under Transfer Credit in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
To obtain the current UCLA Extension Catalog, request a copy at http://www.uclaextension.edu or contact the Registration Office, 113 UCLA Extension Building, 10995 Le Conte Avenue, (310) 825-9971.
UCLA International Institute
The UCLA International Institute comprises more than 20 multidisciplinary research centers that focus on major regions of the world and on global issues that cut across regional boundaries. The institute serves as the focal point for international research and teaching at UCLA. It also coordinates formal agreements concerning student exchange and research collaboration with foreign universities.
The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the institute’s excellence in area studies by designating National Resource Centers in East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Near East, and Southeast Asia, and the National Heritage Language Research Center. The Asia Institute acts as a catalyst for interdisciplinary teaching and research among six specialized Asian studies centers. The Burkle Center for International Relations fosters research and promotes discussion on relevant topics of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, global, political, military, and economic matters, and international law and dispute resolution. All of the centers have formed extensive scholarly alliances with institutions of higher education around the world.
The institute is also home to the Fulbright Program for Greater Los Angeles, which hosts international Fulbright scholars and introduces them to the community. The International Visitors Bureau serves as a liaison between UCLA and international academic and professional leaders while hosting more than 500 visitors each year in programs that incorporate the intellectual, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the campus and greater Los Angeles. The Center for World Languages provides research that enhances foreign language teaching, learning, and testing to meet student, academic, and professional needs and serves local, national, and international agencies in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs dedicated to modern language education. See http://www.international.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-4811.
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