UCLA Extension

About UCLA & UCLA Extension

Information on UCLA, UCLA Extension, and the American Language Center


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the largest of the 10-campus University of California system, including UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and others. UCLA is a top-ranked research university and offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in a wide variety of fields.

UCLA Extension

UCLA Extension is a part of the UCLA Division of Continuing Education. With more than 40,000 participants per year, UCLA Extension is said to be the largest single-campus continuing education program in the world. UCLA Extension does not offer degree programs; however, it offers a wide variety of university-level, credit-bearing courses as well as many other courses and programs for students and professionals. Our student body includes nearly 3,000 international students and professionals per year. Many professionals who have university degrees enroll in UCLA Extension courses and programs to update their knowledge in such fields as engineering, computer science, business and management, health sciences, and teacher education.

American Language Center (ALC)

The American Language Center (ALC), a department within UCLA Extension, offers Intensive English Language programs and a Pre-Master’s Preparation. ALC instructors are well-trained and experienced; using the most up-to-date teaching methods, they create a relaxed and friendly learning atmosphere. Students learn not only to communicate in English but also gain knowledge of American life and culture.