Program conditions

Eligibility criteria and application process

All applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

All applicants must have completed (or will complete by the end of Semester 1, 2023) at least 48 credit points of their degree.

Applications will only be accepted via the Sydney Abroad database. No hard-copy applications will be accepted.

The United States Studies Centre will act as UCLA’s designated registration centre. Application forms and correspondence will not be received by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Important dates

Students are required to attend the full summer sessions at UCLA from 26 June to 4 August 2023. Due to the intensive nature of study, students are required to attend all timetabled classes.

Before students submit their application, they must ensure that they can commit to the important dates.


The United States Studies Centre will act as UCLA’s designated registration centre. Students should not attempt to enrol with UCLA directly.

All students will be notified once they have been successfully enrolled and will be issued with a nine-digit identification number called the ‘UID’.

Once students have received their UID, it is their responsibility to set up their own MyUCLA account. This account allows students to manage all their courses, check on financial issues (including managing their Bruincard) and order transcripts. This will all be covered at the scheduled enrolment session.


Students will be required to apply for an F-1 visa for exchange/study abroad students issued by the US Department of State.

Students will be required to submit the relevant documentation for the I-20 form on the UCLA website and will be guided through the process by the US Studies Centre at an information session.

The US Studies Centre will issue all students with the I-20 forms once they have been received from UCLA for the group visa sessions.

All students are responsible for obtaining their own F-1 visa prior to departure and for the associated application and lodgement costs. Details on costs for an F-1 visa are available through the US Embassy.

Units of study

All successful students must enrol in two courses (total of 8 UCLA units) offered by UCLA.

The package price includes the costs of two UCLA courses worth 4 UCLA units each.

Enrolment in most courses is unlimited prior to the first day of the session. Courses with enrolment limits will close when the limit is reached but students may place themselves on a waitlist when it is available. Often additional sessions will be added as the waitlist is filled to capacity.

Upon successful completion, students will receive a total of 6 elective credit points towards their degrees at the University of Sydney.

Please note: you do not need to have credit approval before you apply as the courses at UCLA will count towards your electives. The USSC will assist you in credit mapping, if needed.

Note: the US Studies Centre will assist successful applicants with the credit approval process where applicable. All students are responsible for checking and managing their own degree progression requirements.


Students apply and pay directly to the UCLA Housing Department for their accommodation and meal plan through the UCLA Housing website.

Whilst UCLA Housing will do its best to assign housing based on preferences, all accommodation types are subject to availability. Once housing has been assigned, you have 7 days to pay online.

Roommates can only be requested at the time of purchasing the housing contract and cannot be requested later.

Accommodation is provided from Sunday 25 June 2023 to Friday 4 August 2024 (i.e. you are expected to checkout by 5pm on the 4 of August). Early arrival space prior to the scheduled first day of the Summer Sessions housing contract is limited and there is no guarantee that space will be available. Students who must arrive early should contact the Front Desk of their accommodation to discuss the possibility of an early arrival. Additional costs will apply.

All students, including American citizens, must stay in the accommodation provided by UCLA. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation under any circumstances.

Health insurance

The package price includes the cost for UCLA compulsory health insurance policy. Health insurance is a federal requirement for all international students – no exceptions. To protect students from the high cost of health care in the United States, UCLA automatically enrols all registered international students in a two-part health insurance plan.

A co-pay for medical services rendered (customary in the United States) is due at the point of service. It is vitally important that as a student you inform yourself of all charges BEFORE obtaining treatment. More information will be provided as the arrival date approaches and at orientation. Except in the case of a serious emergency, students must always visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health Center on campus first. If it is necessary to go to the hospital, an Ashe Center representative will refer them for further treatment.


Coverage includes visits to the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center on campus providing basic services. Students must show their BruinCards or provide their 9-digit UID with a valid form of ID to access services. Information can be found HERE. BruinCare is mandatory for all visiting international students and cannot be declined.

Blue Cross PPO

The Blue Cross PPO (provided by Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions) covers students for scheduled doctor’s visits and emergency care anywhere in the United States. The coverage period generally spans mid-June through to mid-September so that students have continuous coverage if they are travelling in the US before or after the period of study at UCLA.

Please be aware that many US medical institutions do not accept health insurance policies from other countries. In addition, the cost of health care in the US can be extremely high.


The package price includes the costs of UCLA student card called the ‘BruinCard.’ Upon arrival, students should go to the Bruincard Office, have their photo taken, and a card made for them on the spot. The Bruincard makes life at UCLA very easy for students. This multi-purpose card serves as your official UCLA identification card, registration card, library card, recreation centre card, access card, food card, timekeeping card, Big Blue Bus card and much more.

Bruin online may also be used to set up UCLA email accounts at

BruinCard Center

124 Kerckhoff Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UCLA Mail Code 166906

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

T: (310) 825-2336
F: (310) 825-7582


A deposit of AUD400 (which is part-payment of the program fees) is due at the time of application. For successful applicants, a further AUD600 is due when accepting the offer to participate in the program. This is also part-payment of the total program fees. Three fees are payable for the program:

  1. The fixed fee package which covers tuition, health and travel insurance, administrative fees, Bruin card, pre-departure seminars and cultural activities in LA. This fee is payable to the United States Studies Centre by 15 May 2023.
  2. Accommodation and meals package (which varies depending on your choice). This fee is payable to UCLA Housing via your BruinBill account. Once UCLA Housing has assigned your housing, you are required to submit payment by the due date listed on the BruinBill.
  3. Students are responsible for additional costs including visa processing and lodgement, all travel and transfers, additional food and entertainment costs and any other associated costs.

If students incur tuition expenses after arriving at UCLA, they are responsible for paying them directly to UCLA. Expenses relating to health, printing and other miscellanea must be paid for directly via the student’s MyUCLA account.

The United States Studies Centre reserves the right to pass on any UCLA fees to students that were not made known previously to the Centre by UCLA.

Refund policy

In the event that the UCLA Study Abroad Program is cancelled, students will receive a 100% refund of program fees. Upon application, all students must pay a fee of AUD400 (which is part-payment of the program fees). This will only be refunded if your application is unsuccessful or you choose not to accept your offer.

Upon receiving an offer for the program, students will have to complete the AUD1000 deposit by paying an additional AUD600 to accept their offer. The total AUD1000 deposit will only be refunded if your visa application is unsuccessful or in the event that the UCLA Study Abroad Program is cancelled.

Students who withdraw from the UCLA Study Abroad Program prior to close of business on 22 May 2023, will receive a full refund of any program fees paid, less the AUD1000 deposit.

Students who withdraw from the UCLA Study Abroad Program after close of business on 22 May 2023 will not receive a refund of any fees paid.

Applications to withdraw from the UCLA Study Abroad Program must be received in writing and lodged with the United States Studies Centre by the relevant date. The United States Studies Centre requests that students withdraw no later than 22 May 2023.

Travel arrangements

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from LA. Participants should arrive on Sunday 25 June 2023 to commence the program on Monday 26 June 2023.

Students are strongly advised not to make travel bookings until they have received official notification from the United States Studies Centre that they have been accepted into the program.

Students are also strongly advised not to make any international travel plans prior to the program start date until they receive their passport back with the US F-1 visa in it. If for any reason you have not received your visa before your early travel dates, you will be responsible for any fees for changing your flights. Remember that the US Consulate retains your passports to process your visa.

Australian citizens are advised to register their travel and contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) prior to leaving Australia.

Travel advice for the US is also available on the DFAT website.

All participants of the program must register at the Sydney Global Mobility Travel Register


Students consent that photographs or film recordings taken in connection with the UCLA Study Abroad Program may be used for marketing purposes by the United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney, or the University of California Los Angeles.

Students who have concerns about this should discuss it with the Student Mobility Manager at the United States Studies Centre.


Student information as required for administering all aspects of the program will be transferred from the relevant faculties at the University of Sydney to the United States Studies Centre.

The US Studies Centre will act as the ‘registration centre’ and enrol students directly with UCLA Summer Sessions. No assessment information or grades will be released from UCLA to the US Studies Centre.

Each student registered will receive a login and password to access their own MyUCLA account. The login and password are private and personal to each student and should not be shared.


Students must order transcripts themselves through MyUCLA. UCLA Summer Sessions is unable to request transcripts on behalf of the universities or registration centres for groups of students or individuals. The program fees include the service to order transcripts; additional fees apply for transcripts requiring special delivery services.

Please note: if you order a transcript before your grade is ready you must click on the button ‘Hold for Grades’ otherwise the transcript will be sent without grades and you will need to pay for a new one should you require the grades.