The Southern California Experience: Los Angeles


Explore the History and Culture of Southern California with Local Experts

The Southern California Experience

Study and live in the heart of one of California’s most vibrant cities – Los Angeles. You’ll share its famous streets with visionary business leaders, groundbreaking artists, and technological innovators.

Premier Educational Institutions - You will be in close proximity to world-famous UCLA, as well as its many other universities and colleges.
A Center for Industry - The United States’ second largest city, Los Angeles places you directly in the middle of incredible industry and innovation.
Innovative Research and Development - From new treatments for the Zika virus to smart windows that generate electricity, California is a wellspring for scientific breakthroughs.
Peerless Museums and Theaters - The Getty Museum, California Science Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Griffith Observatory are just some of the cultural riches located in Los Angeles.
Exceptional Outdoor Spaces - Explore deserts, mountains, coastlines and forests — all just a short drive from campus.
Transportation to the World - LAX Airport, Amtrak Trains, Greyhound Buses, and rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft connect LA to the world.

Transfer Advising with the Rankings Experts, U.S. News Global Education

Our expert transfer advisors, trained by U.S. News Global Education, help you identify your academic goals and customize a strategic plan to get you accepted into your first-choice transfer school.

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Personalized Support Throughout Your Academic Journey

Comprehensive academic support and concierge services ease every stage of the journey from your home country to program completion. Your dedicated advisor is here to guide you.

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UCLA Extension in Los Angeles

With 100 years of academic heritage and a location in the heart of Westwood Village, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, UCLA Extension offers extraordinary educational opportunities in a unique setting.

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Academy Admissions Process is Unique — Just Like You

The admissions process is designed to assess whether you’re a good fit for the Academy program, culture, and community.

Unlike direct admissions programs, we want to make sure you are the right type of student for this unique opportunity – one who is prepared to prove yourself in an elite preparatory environment, while still striving to receive transfer admission from an elite transfer university or college.

The Application Process


Complete Your Application

Submit your completed American Collegiate application form, along with your upper secondary transcripts, diploma (if available at the time of application) and any available post-secondary transcripts.


Schedule An Interview

In order to decide if you are eligible for our program, a member of our admissions team will contact you to setup an interview to hear your intended study plan


Complete the Process

Congratulations! Once you have been admitted to the Academy, our admissions and student services teams will be in contact to help you prepare for your arrival.