Students come from all over the world to attend UCLA. Indeed, part of what makes UCLA great is the wide variety of experiences and backgrounds our students bring to our campus community. Each year we admit students from nearly 90 countries. UCLA is truly an international institution located in one of the world's most international cities.
UCLA also offers an enormous breadth of areas to study: more than 130 majors spread across five academic divisions.
UCLA receives more undergraduate applications than any other school in the United States. As such, admission is highly selective in all majors.
As an undergraduate, you may apply for admission as a freshman (first-year) or as a transfer student. You are a freshman applicant if you completed secondary school and have not enrolled in a regular session at any college or university. UCLA does not admit students into any undergraduate program who already hold Bachelor's degrees, nor do we admit students who have the equivalent of three years (130 quarter-units or more) of transferable university work. You may not disregard your college record and apply as a freshman.
Secondary School Requirements
To be considered for admission to UCLA as a freshman, international students must either be in the ﬁnal year of secondary school or have already completed secondary school and have not been enrolled in university or college. The student must be able to enter a university in their home country with their secondary credential.
Successful applicants complete secondary school with a well-rounded academic background including coursework in History/Social Science, English, Laboratory Science, Language (other than language of instruction), Visual and Performing Arts (if available). This series of completed coursework is typically referred to as the “A–G” courses required for eligibility to the University of California. We understand that UCLA’s subject requirements may be diﬃcult for some international students to complete due to diﬀerences in national curriculum, and all applications are reviewed within the context of courses available to students.
Education System Requirements
Our application readers have expertise in different curricula and educational systems from around the world. Below are some of the most common educational systems and average admission requirements for each:
- British system (including Singapore): Students who have attended school under the British system must present at least ﬁve IGCSE/GCSE/Ordinary Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level (or Pre-U) examinations with superior grades. Results of Advanced-Subsidiary exams should also be submitted if applicable. Competitive applicants typically score A* and A grades.
- India: Students are expected to complete Year X and Year XII state board exams. Competitive applicants typically achieve high marks, primarily A1 and A2 grades or scores above 80.
- International Baccalaureate (IB): Students enrolled in IB schools are expected to earn scores of 5 or higher on IB exams, and most admitted students score 38+ points on the IB Diploma.
- French Baccalaureate: Students enrolled in French Baccalaureate schools are expected to earn scores of 10 or higher, and most competitive applicants score 14+ points in each subject.
UC Additional information by country
Update to the standardized testing requirement for fall 2021 and 2022
UCLA will be "test-optional" for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores.
What does "test-optional" mean?
- You choose whether or not to submit SAT/ACT scores with your application
- If you choose not to submit test scores, your application will still receive full consideration. Students will not be penalized in the admission review process for not submitting SAT/ACT scores.
- Students will no longer be required to submit the SAT Essay/ACT Writing Test.
Details regarding UC’s testing policy are provided on the UC admission website for future applications terms beyond 2022.
An important note for those considering sitting for an upcoming SAT/ACT for fall 2021 admission
UCLA recognizes that demand for SAT/ACT administrations this fall may be challenging due to COVID-related cancellations in recent months. In addition, we understand that there are real safety concerns about gathering to take a standardized test. If you have any of these concerns, we want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required. As we stated above, no applicant will be disadvantaged in any way for not submitting an SAT or ACT score. Your safety is more important to us than a test score. All applications will be reviewed holistically, and testing has always been only one of many factors considered in our review process. We recognize that access, safety, and proper accommodations are huge factors in a student’s ability to take one of these exams. Optional means optional. We look forward to reading your application!
Transfer applicants need to be at the junior level, that is, have taken college level coursework amounting to 90-130 quarter (60-90 semester) units of credit. UCLA gives preference to students transferring from California community colleges, including international students. Historically, over 80% of admitted international transfers were attending a California community college when they applied.
Transcripts and Official Records
UCLA requires records from all secondary schools attended, showing subjects taken and grades received as well as any national or government certificates earned. Documents of all college or university coursework must also be sent in the original language, along with English translations. Do not send these documents now. If you apply and are admitted to UCLA, your admission packet will contain instructions on how to send your original records to us.
English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test (Fall 2021 only).
- Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Fall 2021 only: Including the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
A competitive score is above 100 (with sub-scores above 22).
- International English
Language Testing System (IELTS)
Fall 2021 only: Including the IELTS Indicator
A competitive score is 7 or higher.
- Duolingo English Test (DET)
Fall 2021 only: A competitive score is 120 or higher
Beyond Fall 2021: Applicants have the option to provide additional information about their English ability by submitting a score on the Duolingo English Test. This is an optional supplement that may assist us in evaluating your application. TOEFL or IELTS will still be required.
When you take the test, have your scores forwarded by the testing service to the UCLA Undergraduate Admission Office.
If you are admitted to UCLA and your native language is not English, we may also require you to take UCLA’s English-as-a-Second-Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) immediately before the term in which you enter. If your score indicates a weakness in English, several terms of your program may include special courses in English for international students. If your score shows that you are seriously deficient, you will be required to gain proficiency in English before you are allowed to pursue your studies at UCLA.
UCLA offers over 130 majors at the undergraduate level. Please note that the number of qualified applicants to any of the majors in engineering (including Computer Science) or economics (including Business Economics) far exceed the number of spaces available in these programs. Competition in these areas is even more rigorous than in other programs.
UCLA does not offer undergraduate degrees in architecture, journalism or business administration. See section on Undergraduate Majors for a complete listing.
UCLA does not award scholarships or financial aid to undergraduate students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students must prove that they have sufficient funds available to them to pay for their educational and living expenses. For example, students admitted to Fall Quarter 2020 will need a minimum of about $65,000 (with an additional $5,000 recommended for additional personal expenses, contingencies and summer expenses). This minimum amount usually grows each year.
UCLA also requires that all international students on non-immigrant visas have adequate medical insurance during all periods of enrollment. More information about these requirements will be sent to students when they are admitted.
Important Message about Agents and Consultants
UCLA Undergraduate Admission does not partner with agents to represent the University or to administer any part of the application process. The engagement of agents or private organizations for the purpose of recruiting or enrolling international students is not endorsed by UCLA.
UCLA expects an application to be the work of the student and any deviation violates University policy which may lead to rejection of application materials, revocation of an admission offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University. There is no formula for gaining admission to UCLA. Students with vastly different credentials come from thousands of secondary schools across the country and around the world. What unifies our students are the talents they bring to UCLA and their passion to explore all that UCLA has to offer.
Information about undergraduate and graduate courses, degree requirements, housing, and student services is included in the UCLA General Catalog.