Los Angeles, California

2, 3, 4, or 6 Week Programs$3,199 - $11,799
Special classes in 2021 in Business, Sports, Screenwriting, Acting, and Leadership
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Course Highlights
  • - Careers in Medicine
  • - Game Changers: Business Disruptors
  • - Computer Programming Academy
  • - Bruin Leadership & Entrepreneurship Technology Academy
  • - Finance & Accounting
  • - Forensic Science
  • - Exploring US Law
  • - Criminal Psychology
  • - Business of Fashion
  • - Creative Writing
  • - 3D Design & Printing
  • - Acting and Auditioning for Film & TV Academy
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UCLA Pre-College Academic Programs

Ready to experience the perfect blend of sun, sand, and academics? 

Just minutes from the beach in the heart of Los Angeles, this 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. For more than 35 years, we’ve partnered with UCLA to bring one-of-a-kind programs and activities to our students.

Connect with industry-leading instructors that bring the real-world to the classroom. Our UCLA program has 100+ course offerings with specialized courses 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! 

UCLA Pre-College Academic Programs

Courses & Academies

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Campus Life & Activities

Summer 2021 residential program activities may look different from previous years, but we still plan to provide amazing and enriching experiences for students. 

After class, explore the iconic Westwood Village with new friends 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 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.

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

  • Connect in the classroom, and beyond
  • Enjoy the beauty and charm of the UCLA campus
  • 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

Top 10 UCLA Activities

  • Ride the roller coasters at Disneyland or 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.
  • Shop glamorous boutiques at Century City, Rodeo Drive, and The Grove.
  • See great works of art and culture at places like the J. Paul Getty Museum, Armand Hammer Museum, or Griffith Observatory.
  • Show off your talent at the Summer Discovery Talent Show.
  • Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at our beach bonfire.

  • Grab an ice cream and some UCLA Bruin gear at the Ackerman Student Union.

  • Play pick-up basketball and soccer or just work out at the John Wooden Sports & Recreation Center.

  • Grab some Diddy Riese Cookies and kick back with friends.

2 week and 3 week students participate in many but not all activities listed. All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

Dates & Tuition


  • "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

Program Details

Living: Our home on campus is Hedrick Summit Suites. Students live in a single room in a suite of 10 people, or in a double or triple room in a suite of 4-6 people. Students share an in-room bathroom with just their suitemates. Every air conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, closet, and free Wi-Fi. Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Summer Discovery Office are all in our residence hall. We are located only a short walk from Rieber & Rendezvous Dining Halls (with gluten-free and vegan options), academic buildings, and the John Wooden Sports & Recreation Center. Did we mention that you’re right next to the Sunset Canyon Pool?

Dining: Unique to Summer Discovery is our all-inclusive meal plan. Enjoy three meals every weekday, and two on the weekends in the modern Rieber or Rendezvous Dining Halls. Choose from daily options at the salad bar, deli counter, pizza oven, stir fry station, dessert bar, and more. Are you a vegetarian? Do you have food allergies? Special diets are not a problem.

Health & Safety: Our RCs are committed to the support and supervision of Summer Discovery students. Daily sign-ins and room checks are enforced for your safety. You are free to walk around campus or you can take the Summer Discovery's private UCLA shuttle bus to Westwood Village (our ‘home area’) with friends at night. If you have a question, RCs are on duty to help.

Not feeling well? The Summer Discovery staff can make all medical appointments, accompany students to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits. Appointments are made with local doctors or the UCLA Medical Center.

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic enrichment program, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, use of facilities, housing in UCLA Residence Hall, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 on weekends), use of UCLA Athletic and recreation facilities, activities, blanket and pillow, and sheets and towel.

Not included: Application fee, $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (Available for $75 each way), course materials and supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, souvenirs, and personal spending money.

Commuter tuition includes: Term fees, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, academic program Monday-Thursday (some Fridays) with morning and afternoon courses and optional on-campus afternoon activities including college admissions workshops, and lunch in Reiber Dining Hall. Note: Commuter program is limited to local students who live full-time in the Los Angeles area and students are not permitted to attend other evening or off-campus activities and excursions.

Optional 'Sports Plus' Instruction: You may choose to participate in ‘Sports Plus’ instruction sessions in the afternoons following your classes. We currently offer tennis. This program is designed for beginners to club-level tennis players. Bring your racquet. Sessions run for an hour and a half each. 3 week fee: $150 


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