The Perth USAsia Centre, in partnership with the United States Studies Centre, is offering undergraduate students at The University of Western Australia undertaking a Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Science or Philosophy degree and University of Sydney (select faculties) an exclusive opportunity to study at UCLA in the winter 2018 break. Ranked 12th in the world by the latest Times Higher Education rankings (2014-2015), UCLA is one of America’s most prestigious universities.
In this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you will complete two UCLA subjects (equivalent to 12-credit points at UWA and Sydney), live on campus and experience all that LA has to offer.
By participating in this program not only will you experience the exclusive opportunity to study at one of the top American universities, you get to live out the summer season with access to all the vibrant cultural offerings of the populous city of Los Angeles in addition to enjoying the exciting college lifestyle which UCLA’s beautiful and urban campus has to offer.
The six-week program will run from 25 June to 3 August 2018.
You can choose from hundreds of courses offered by UCLA from a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, education, science, music, etc. See the full list of available units here
Before students submit their application, they must ensure that they can commit to the important dates
in addition to meeting the following requirements:
- be an undergraduate University of Western Australia student, enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Science or Philosophy (Hons) degree
- have completed (or will complete by the end of Semester 1, 2018) at least 48 credit points of study
- desirability to have a minimum WAM of 65% credit (65%) average
- have a current passport and be eligible for a US visa. (NB: If your passport is not valid for 6 months past the program end date, you will need to apply and receive your new passport prior to apply for a Visa).
- be able to demonstrate your potential to be an outstanding ambassador of your home university, the Perth USAsia Centre and the United States Studies Centre as evidenced by your personal and academic attributes
The following will be considered desirable:
- cultural awareness and understanding, as well as specific interest in the United States
- elective credit points left in your degree
The program is open to international students; however students should be aware that it may be difficult to acquire a visa to the United States depending on their Country of Citizenship. International students should refer to the Embassy of the United States
for more information before applying.
International Students will also need to meet UCLA’s minimum English language requirements
. Students can use the IELTS or TOEFL results that they used to gain admission to The University of Western Australia, and do not need to re-sit the test for admission into this program.
International students educated in English or who are residents of a country in which English is one of the primary languages, are exempt from meeting the English language requirements.
Before you submit your application, please make sure you are able to commit to the following dates. The Pre-departure sessions are compulsory:
Students are required to attend the full summer sessions at UCLA from 25 June to 3 August 2018. Due to the intensive nature of study, students are required to attend all timetabled classes.
UWA students will miss the first week of Semester 2, 2018 and will need to inform their lecturers and tutors of this, prior to departure. Students will be responsible for catching up on any work missed and no special consideration will apply.
|Stage 1. Application
|15 March 2018 |
|2 April 2018 |
|Applications close at midnight (including payment of AU$400 application deposit)
|9 April 2018 |
|All applicants notified of the outcome of their application (successful and unsuccessful)
Scholarship recipients also notified at this time
|Stage 2. Pre-Departure
|16 April 2018 |
|Group registration and social session
|Early May 2018
||Group visa session to schedule interviews, I-20 forms distributed
|Mid May 2018
||Interviews at the US Consulate
|Late May 2018
||Final pre-departure session and seminar
|Stage 3. Fees
|13 April 2018 |
|Additional AU$600 deposit due with acceptance of offer
|April - Due date listed on BruinBill
||Accommodation fees due to UCLA Housing
|18 May 2018
||Full program fees due
|29 June 2018
||Last day to withdraw and receive all fees paid, less AUD$1000 deposit
|Stage 4. UCLA
|24 June 2018
||Arrive LA and check-in to UCLA Summer Housing
|25 June 2018
|29 June 2018
||Last day to add a unit on MyUCLA without incurring late fee
|3 August 2018
||Session concludes and check-out from UCLA Summer Housing by 5pm
|4 August 2018
|Stage 5. Post-Program
|5 or 6 August 2018
||Arrive in Australia
TBA (Late August/ Early September)
|Welcome Home Reception Luncheon
Perth USAsia Centre Balcony
The program costs are made up of three parts:
- Program Package Fees
- Accommodation and Meal Package fees
- Additional Costs
The program package fee is payable to the United States Studies Centre and the accommodation and meal fee is payable to UCLA Housing via your online Bruin account.
1. Program Package Fees: US$5,330*
The program package covers the following:
- Tuition for two UCLA subjects
- Health insurance
- Travel insurance
- Administrative fees
- Pre-departure events, cultural activities in LA and post-program event
The program package fee must be paid in Australian dollars and the exchange rate will be determined before the deadline for the final fee payment.
A deposit of AU$400 will be payable at the time of application. If offered a placement on the program, a further AU$600 will be payable to accept your placement. The total AU$1000 is part-payment of the total program fees and final payment for the difference is due 18 May 2018.
2. Accommodation and Meal Package Fees
You will have the opportunity to choose an accommodation and meals package from the UCLA Summer Housing offerings. Fees for the full six-week program range from US$1687 to US$3433 depending on the type of package you choose. For more information, please visit the Accommodation page
3. Additional costs
Please note that students are responsible for the following costs, in addition to the Program Costs
- F1 Visa Application costs: Approximate cost is AU$500 but could vary depending on exchange rate at time of payment.
- Airfares and transfers: Students should arrive at their destination by 24 June 2018 and check into their assigned accomodation.
- Additional food and entertainment costs
- Costs acccumulated at UCLA i.e. printing, shipping of transcript and miscellany
There are currently four types of financial assistance options available in recognition of the value of students having the opportunity to devote part of their course to study overseas.
The Perth USAsia Centre will be awarding equity based scholarships based on financial need and academic merit to successful applicants. Please complete the special equity consideration section of the application form to be considered.
The Perth USAsiaCentre will award up to 2 x US$2500 merit based scholarships to the successful applicants with the highest WAMs from UWA.
These scholarships are supported by the USA Foundation, which was established by USSC Board Director David Anstice. Since 2012, twelve students have received USA Foundation scholarships worth a combined value of $40,000.
UWA Study Abroad Scholarship
Eligible students will be able to apply for a $1500 Study Abroad Scholarship. This Scholarship is administered by the Study Abroad Office.
To see if you are eligible and the closing date please click here
Eligible students will be able to apply for an OS-HELP Loan through UWA. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses. Students can apply for a maximum loan of up to $6,567.
For more information about the loan scheme, eligibility and the application closing date, please click here
How to Apply
A deposit of AU$400 will be payable at the time of application. To pay for your deposit click:
Please click here
to open the online payment system in a new window. Please take note of your reciept number carefully as you will be required to submit this in the application form. If you are not successful in gaining a place into the program this application fee will be refunded.
To apply, complete the online application form
and submit it by midnight Monday, 2 April 2018
. No late applications will be received.
You will need to prepare and submit a one A4-page resume, which highlights your career objectives, skills summary, extra-curricular activities and work and educational history.
All applications will only be received via the online facility on the Perth USAsia Centre website and no hard copy applications will be received. 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).
Tip: Prepare your answers in a Word document first to ensure you do not lose your application due to a time-out error.
If you have any further questions, please submit them here
All students must stay in the accommodation provided by UCLA. This is a requirement of the course. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation under any circumstances.
In addition to enjoying the beautiful campus, your program includes a BruinCard
, which is your passport to life at UCLA.The BruinCard not only serves as your official UCLA ID but as your debit, meal, residential, library, laundry and printing card and will give you free access to the gym facilities and campus events
You are able to customise your accomodation package, with a range of choices and meal options available. The rates for housing over the summer session are available below or on the UCLA Housing website
. Please note that although no meals are included with the univeristy apartment option, meal plans can still be purchased seperately.
Please note that accommodation is subject to availability, and you may not receive your first preference.
In order to make the best decision for your dorm experience, we recommend that successful applicants take a virtual tour of the on-campus residential halls and off-campus apartments to explore rates and features
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Los Angeles. Students should arrive at their destination on Sunday, 24 June 2018 and check into their assigned accommodation.
Students must arrange their travel in accordance with UWA policies
to ensure they are covered by UWA for their travel insurance
Students are also strongly advised not to make any international travel plans until their US visas have been approved. If students do book their travel, and 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 takes 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 prior to leaving Australia. Travel advice for the United States of America is available at Smart Traveller
The program package fees include UCLA health insurance coverage. In addition, UWA provide automatic travel insurance coverage to enrolled students travelling on approved university business, student placement and student exchange programs. For information on the policies, visit the UWA website.
Students are covered by University insurance but it is their responsibility to understand the level of cover provided under the University policy and make their own arrangements to supplement the policy if need be.
Students are strongly advised to ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover the payment of unforeseen medical expenses, as US doctors and hospitals may require cash payment upfront for treatment. These expenses can generally be claimed on return to your home country through your travel insurance provider.
Passports and Visas
Please refer to the eligibility section for information regarding valid passport requirements. The Perth USAsia Centre will guide all successful applicants through the F-1 visa process at the first pre-departure session, although it is the sole responsibility of each student to obtain their visa in a timely manner.
Please refer to the US Embassy for all visa requirements.
Students should arrive in LA by Sunday, 24 June 2018 and check into their assigned accomodation. It is student’s responsibility to book and arrange flight dates to and from LA.
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 USA is also available on the DFAT website
Students will be required to apply for an F-1 visa for exchange/study abroad students issued by the U.S. Department of State. The following steps will be required to process the F-1 visa:
- After students have registered, UCLA will distribute instructions for students to upload their documents for the processing of their I-20 form.
- The US Studies Centre will distribute the I-20 forms once they have been received by UCLA for the visa interviews.
- Students will be required to pay an application fee and the SEVIS fee prior to their interview at the U.S. Consulate. Students will also be required to pay an issuance fee on the date of their Consulate Interview.
- The Perth USAsia Centre will guide students through scheduling individual visa interviews with the U.S. Consulate at an information session.
- All students are responsible for obtaining their own F-1 visa prior to departure and for the associated application and lodgement costs.
- The Perth USAsia Centre will guide all successful applicants through this visa process at the pre-departure session, although it is the sole responsibility of each student to obtain their visa in a timely manner.
- Please note: whilst the program is open to international students; applicants should be aware that it may be difficult to acquire a visa to the US depending on their Country of Citizenship. International students should refer to the U.S. Embassy website for more information before applying.
units of study - ucla summer session
UCLA Summer Sessions offer a wide-range of courses that are drawn from the University’s academic-year program of approved classes. A standard UCLA course is generally worth 4 units. This is equivalent to one 6-credit point unit of study at the and at The University of Western Australia.
The package price includes the costs of two UCLA courses worth 4 units each. It is compulsory for students to complete at least 8 units (2 courses) for visa purposes. Students are able to take 5 unit courses and these have been included in the course list below. However, please note, an additional cost will apply for any course that is more than 4 units.
Some courses may have mandatory requisites and students are responsible for making sure they have the experience comparable to the listed requisites (information is available on the UCLA schedule of classes website). UCLA does not require students to provide proof of required knowledge.
The UCLA summer courses include lower-division, upper-division and graduate courses. As a general rule, the following applies:
- Lower-division classes are numbered 1-99 and are meant for first-year and sophomore students. These are equivalent to University of Sydney and University of Western Australia first year units of study i.e. ‘1000 level units’, which are meant for junior students.
- Upper-division courses are numbered 100-199 and are designed for juniors and seniors. These are equivalent to The University of Western Australia second and third year units of study i.e. ‘2000 and 3000 level units’, which are meant for intermediate and senior students.
- Graduate courses are those numbered 200-299 and 500-599 (those from 500-599 are open only to UCLA graduate students).
Each student is responsible for understanding their own degree progression and what they can receive credit for. It is advised that students meet with their faculty advisors - or check through AskUWA - with all their UCLA unit preferences so they know in advance prior to applying what credit they can receive.
In most instances, units will be counted towards category A or B broadening units or elective units where applicable. Students will be required to seek approval for each UCLA unit they wish to enrol in prior to departure. Credit towards any major or specialisation is subject to approval by the relevant department and the faculty.
For a full list of the 2018 courses available to you, please visit the UCLA Schedule of Classes
. After selecting the term (Summer 2018/Session A), subject area, and course, click on the nine-digit course ID number to find details specific to that course.
- In the event that the UCLA Study Abroad Program is cancelled or if your visa application is unsuccessful, students will receive 100% refund of program fees.
- Upon application, all students must pay a fee of AU$400 (which is part-payment of the program fees). This will only be refunded if your application is unsuccessful or if you choose not to accept your offer.
- Upon receiving an offer for the program, students will have to complete the AU$1000 deposit by paying the AU$600 difference to accept your offer. The total AU$1000 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 29 June 2018, will receive a full refund of any program fees paid, less the AU$1000 deposit.
- Students who withdraw from the UCLA Study Abroad Program after close of business on 29 June 2018 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.
program conditions and guidelines
Eligibility criteria and application process
- All University of Western Australia applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Science or Philosophy (Hons).
- All applicants must have completed (or will complete by the end of Semester 1, 2018) at least 48 credit points of their degree.
- All applications will only be received via the online facility on the United States Studies Centre website and no hard copy applications will be received.
- 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).
- Students are required to attend the full summer sessions at UCLA from 25 June to 3 August 2018. 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.
- UWA students will miss the first week of Semester 2, 2018. All students need to inform their lecturers and tutors of this, prior to departure. Students will be responsible for catching up on any work missed and no special consideration will apply.
- 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 setup their own MyUCLA account. This account allows students to manage all their courses, to check on financial issues (including managing their Bruincard) and order transcripts.
- Students will be required to apply for an F-1 visa for exchange/study abroad students issued by the U.S. 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 Perth USAsia Centre will issue all students with the I-20 forms once they have been received by UCLA for the visa interviews.
- 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
Note: the Perth USAsia 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.
- All successful students must enrol in a minimum of two courses (total of 8 units) offered by UCLA.
- The package price includes the costs of two UCLA courses worth 4 units each.
- Enrolment in most courses is unlimited prior to the first day of the session. Courses with enrolment limits close when enrolment reaches the limit but students may place themselves on a wait list when it is available. Often additional sections will be added as the wait list is filled to capacity.
- Upon successful completion, students may receive a total of 12 credit points towards their degrees at The University of Western Australia.
- In most instances, units will be counted towards category A or B broadening units or elective units where applicable. Students will be required to seek approval for each UCLA unit they wish to enrol in prior to departure. Credit towards any major or specialisation is subject to approval by the relevant department and the faculty.
- Students apply and pay directly to the UCLA Housing Department for their accommodation and meal plan through the 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 24 June 2018 to Friday 3 August 2018 (i.e. you are expected to checkout by 5pm on the 4th). 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 arrangement. Additional costs will apply.
- All students, including American citizens, must stay in the accommodation provided by UCLA. This is a requirement of the course. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation under any circumstances.
- The package price includes the cost for UCLA’s 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 enrolls all registered international students in a two-part health insurance plan.
- A co-pay for medical services rendered (customary in the US) is due at the point of service. It is vitally important that the student informs him/herself of all charges BEFORE they obtain 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 covers basic services. Students must show their BruinCards or provide their 9-digit UID with a valid form of ID to receive services. Information can be found at http://r.summer.ucla.edu/pdf/bruincare.pdf
. 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 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’s student card called the ‘Bruincard.’ Upon arrival, students may 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, time keeping card, Big Blue Bus card and much more.
- Bruin online may also be used to set up UCLA email accounts at https://www.it.ucla.edu/bol.
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- A deposit of AUD$400 (which is part-payment of the program fees) is due at the time of application. For successful applicants, a further AUD$600 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:
- 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 18 May 2018.
- 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.
- Students are responsible for additional costs including visa processing and lodgement, 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 miscellany 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.
- Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from LA. Participants should arrive on Sunday 24 June 2018 to commence the program on Monday 25 June 2018.
- 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 their US visas have been approved. 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 takes 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 USA is also available on the DFAT website.
- Students consent that photographs or film recordings taken in connection with the UCLA Study Abroad Program may be used for marketing purposes by the Perth USAsia Centre, The University of Western Australia, the United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales or the University of California Los Angeles.
- Students who have concerns about this should discuss it with the Janeen Robertson at the Perth USAsia Centre.
- Student information as required for administering all aspects of the program will be transferred from the relevant faculties at The University of Western Australia, the University of Sydney, University of New South Whales or 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 is 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 centre’s 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 have to pay for a new one should you require the grades.