UCLA Extension

Course Descriptions

The courses listed below provide international students with a foundation to succeed in graduate school or with further professional studies.

Graduate Reading and Writing Skills: 1 & 2

10 hours/ week; Summer Session & Fall Quarter
Focus: Vocabulary, reading, critical thinking & writing
Improve reading strategies and vocabulary to understand master’s-level texts in English. Practice common tasks in graduate-level writing skills useful in a variety of studies. Build analytical and critical-thinking skills.  In Fall Quarter, develop an annotated bibliography and mini literature review of English-language sources in your field.

Grammar for Academic Communication/Writing

5 hours/ week; Summer Session & Fall Quarter
Focus: Advanced oral and written grammar
Practice grammar intensively to gain confidence and graduate-level skills. Use advanced grammar structures to develop your writing style and sophistication.

Admissions and Success

4-6 hours/ week; Summer Session & Fall Quarter
Focus: Successful applications and useful survival skills
Select schools and prepare applications. Learn to write effective statements of purpose. Improve interview skills.  Develop skills in time management, networking and working with an advisor. Alternative activities are provided for those already accepted to a graduate program.

TOEFL iBT or IELTS Preparation

4 hours/week; Summer Session
Focus: Qualifying scores on TOEFL or IELTS exam
Develop skills for the four components of the TOEFL or IELTS exams: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Learn test-taking strategies and take practice tests.


4-6 hours/week; Fall Quarter
Focus: Success on the GMAT and GRE tests
Learn GMAT and GRE vocabulary, analytical writing skills, and test-taking strategies; review and improve math test taking skills.

UCLA Extension Course

4 hours/week; Fall Quarter
Students may be able to enroll in a UCLA Extension course. Basic tuition is covered, but additional fees may be required. See Dates & Fees.

Note on taking a UCLA Campus Course in Optional Winter Quarter

During the optional Winter Quarter, students may be able to enroll in an undergraduate course offered by the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, but preference is given to full-time UCLA students. The College offers a wide variety of courses in the Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. For a complete list of fields of study, visit college.ucla.edu

Enrollment restrictions apply to some courses and programs at UCLA. You will not be able to enroll in any graduate level courses or courses offered by UCLA professional schools: the Anderson School of Management, the School of Law, the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, or Nursing, and the School of Theatre, Film, & Television. Also, since UCLA does not have an undergraduate school of business, the selection of UCLA undergraduate business courses is limited.