Just minutes from the beach in the heart of Los Angeles, this Summer Discovery pre-college program offers high school and middle school students the chance to attend America’s top public university while exploring the world’s entertainment capital. We've partnered with UCLA for more than 35 years - the longest partnership running for summer programs! We currently partner with UCLA Extension, UCLA Recreation, UCLA Anderson Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Sports, & Entertainment, and UCLA Conferences to bring one-of-a-kind programs and activities to create a truly campus-collaborative experience for our students.
Connect with industry-leading instructors that bring the real-world to the classroom. The Summer Discovery program at UCLA has 100+ course offerings and specialty programs including our intensive academy programs in business, sports, leadership, screenwriting, and acting. Whether you want to learn to surf the high seas or decode the criminal mind – we’ve got something for everyone! Plus, with 60+ staff on campus dedicated to the health, safety, education and social needs of students with a dedicated office in our residence hall, safety, security, and student development are always top-of-mind.
Have a talented middle school student? Our engaging program allows students to prepare for high school while exploring their academic interests.
New for Summer 2023, students now have the option to add-on to their UCLA Session 1 experience, and their memories, in San Francisco or San Diego!
Go from the entertainment capital of the world to the cultural center of California in the City by the Bay or the historic town down south in San Diego!Learn More
Having a hard time choosing between UCLA and sunny Los Angeles, the Big 10 feeling of the University of Michigan, the Texan charm and southern BBQ of UT Austin or exploring the nation’s capital and Georgetown University? Don’t worry, you can get the best of two worlds with our combination programs. These programs allow you to choose two campuses so you can extend your summer and explore more of what your college experience could be like.Learn More
After class, explore the iconic Westwood Village with new friends (either by foot or jumping on our prive shuttle) or soak up some sun by the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center pool. Follow in the footsteps of fame with our organized trips to TCL Chinese Theater and Hollywood & Highland. Shoot some hoops at the John Wooden Sports and Recreation Center – and maybe even run into some NBA legends and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) alums while you are at it!
Our students live in their own air conditioned residence hall in Rieber Vista, a short walk to the Sunset Rec Pool and Hitch Basketball courts. This residence hall is exclusive to Summer Discovery students, so you can get to know your peers in a comfortable setting that’s separate from the university students. Whether you’re watching a movie or working on a group project, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your resident counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you, 24/7.
Just outside our door is Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. Explore the city famous for theme parks, television and movie studios, theaters, museums and more. Discover the neighborhoods of L.A., which include Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Melrose. Prefer the outdoors? Los Angeles has some of America’s greatest beaches. Spend your summer discovering everything that Los Angeles can offer. It’s all included in your tuition and with class ending daily at 3:00pm, the possibilities are endless.
*All on campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.