American Collegiate, Los Angeles
Located in Los Angeles’ Westwood Village, American Collegiate, LA enables students to complete up to two years of freshman classes though UCLA Extension and cultivate rewarding experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Why Choose American Collegiate, LA?


American Collegiate, Los Angeles (American Collegiate, LA) students take rigorous courses across multiple academic disciplines. Designed for undergraduate students, American Collegiate, LA, allows students to earn recognized first- and second-year university credits that are eligible for transfer to top ranked institutions.


UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of UCLA and is one of the oldest and largest continuing higher education providers in the United States.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university, ranked as the #1 public university by U.S. News & World Report (2021), and #9 in Times Higher Education‘s World Reputation rankings (2020).

Through the American Collegiate, Los Angeles program, students can complete their first two years of undergraduate classes through ACLA Extension to prepare for transfer to institutions across the US and earn certificates in general studies and their chosen major.

With UCLA Extension certificate programs, students can:

  • Become a member of the UCLA Alumni Association;
  • Access the UCLA Career Center’s online job board, Handshake, featuring thousands of job and internship postings; and
  • Benefit from UCLA Extension’s Career Resources, including online career coaching, workshops, and networking events.


Students can leverage multiple alumni networks (American Collegiate, LA, UCLA, and transfer destination school) and career resources to make connections that fast track students’ professional goals.


Comprehensive academic support and concierge services are available to students at every stage of their journey, from making their visa arrangements to navigating the university transfer process from start to finish.


Students can work one-on-one with our expert transfer advisors to help them identify their academic goals and customize a strategic plan to get them accepted to their best-fit transfer school.


Students on the Two-Year track will participate in an embedded career collegiate program, including volunteer and internship opportunities, one-to-one career coaching, resume advising, and professional development.


American Collegiate, LA cannot reserve off-campus housing for you, but we would highly recommend UCLA Extension housing resources.

*American Collegiate, LA, is an independent program where classes may be held on the UCLA campus. American Collegiate, LA students are not eligible to register for UCLA courses.

If your goal is to go to a US university and you need more support American Collegiate provides you with that one year to prepare for your next step in the US university lifestyle.”

Sample Courses

Students will take a variety of general education courses during their first year of study. Two-year track students will take major-specific courses in their chosen subject area (Business Fundamentals, Pre-Med, Sustainability, App Programming, or Entertainment Studies).
Statistics Precalculus
Principles of Critical Reasoning Introductory Psychology
Principles of Economics: Microeconomics Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics
Live, Learn, and Grow Comparative Literature

Advanced Two-year courses include: The Language of Filmmaking; Marketing Principles and Practices; Chemistry; Principles of Sustainability; Fundamentals of Software Development and Programming

Dates and Costs

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Shorelight Signature Student Experience services – including application assistance, visa help, student services, academic support, campus transition, and career services – are included in your American Collegiate, LA program cost. Opt-in programs and services may cost extra. Fees for tuition, housing, dining, and additional services will vary by school, program, housing location and amenities, selected meal plan, and similar preferences.

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Take the next step toward studying in the United States with American Collegiate.