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Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students at UCLA

Los Angeles, California

2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Week In-Person Programs in 2023Tuition TBA
Engaging courses in medicine, business, law, coding, psychology, and many more!
Summer 2023 info coming soon
  • Commuter Options
Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Course Highlights
  • - 3D Design & Printing
  • - Abnormal Psychology
  • - Acting and Auditioning for Film & TV Academy
  • - Bruin Leadership & Entrepreneurship Technology Academy
  • - Business of Fashion
  • - Coding Academy
  • - Creative Writing
  • - Criminal Psychology
  • - E-Sports Academy
  • - Exploring US Law
  • - Fashion Design
  • - Finance & Accounting
  • - Forensic Science
  • - Game Changers: Business Disruptors
  • - Music Production
  • - Screenwriting for Film & TV Academy
  • - Advertising
  • - Baking
  • - Entertainment Management
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Summer Discovery Pre-College Academic Programs at UCLA

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.

Summer Discovery Pre-College Academic Programs at UCLA

Sample Courses and Academies from 2022

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Campus Life & Activities

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 UCLA alums while you are at it! 

Our students live in their own air conditioned residence hall in Hedrick Summit Suites, right next 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.

  • Connect in the classroom, and beyond
  • Meet peers from around the world
  • Discover your academic potential through a variety of courses
  • Bask in the warm California sun with friends
  • Surf the California waves
  • Enjoy an afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier
  • Our home away from home, Hedrick Summit Suites
  • Hike to the Hollywood hills and take a selfie with the famous sign
  • Connect with friends after class and take in the scenes of Ocean Drive
Sample Daily ScheduleSee what a typical day is like for students at our UCLA program! Experience Life on Campus

Top 5 Summer Discovery UCLA Activities

  • Ride the roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • Cheer for the Dodgers, Angels, or Galaxy at a major league game.
  • Tour Universal Studios, the world’s largest TV and movie studio, or experience the magic of Disneyland.
  • Soak up some rays at Santa Monica and Manhattan Beaches.
  • Shop glamorous boutiques at Century City, Rodeo Drive, and The Grove.
  • Hike to the Hollywood sign or search for your favorite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

*All on campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.


  • "The Summer Discovery program has provided a great opportunity to be a part of UCLA and it's campus life. The campus is so beautiful, everyone was nice, and the professors were great."Joeun C. 2018 Alumni
  • “I spent an amazing 3 weeks meeting great people from all over the world and enjoying my summer to its fullest. The program is really fun, exciting, and a great opportunity to learn new things and make new friends.” Sophia S.2018 Alumni
  • “It was really interesting to meet people from so many different places and it helped me develop a greater perspective on the world. I also learned a lot of college skills, like time management, doing laundry, and punctuality.” Teagan S.2018 Alumni
  • “It impacted me in the sense that I discovered that I love meeting new people from around the world and also helped me with the election of the career I would like to study in college.”Valentina R.2019 Alumni

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