International Student Onboarding Sessions

In order to best serve all members of our international population, we will deliver programming tailored to international students. Details will be emailed in the weeks leading up to Onboarding.

Getting Acclimated

In addition to international student welcome programming, the following events are specifically designed to help our incoming international students acclimate to and thrive at UCLA Anderson.

Online Orientation Program

UCLA provides a thorough online orientation program called iSTART@UCLA for all incoming international students. Some of the components are mandatory and some of them are highly recommended – but all of them have been created to help you get familiar with the United States, Los Angeles, visa issues and regulations, the American classroom, cyber security as well as UCLA campus life.

Visit the Dashew Center

English as a Second Language

Incoming international students who scored below 87 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test), below 560 on the TOEFL paper and pencil test, or below a 7.0 overall on the IELTS Academic exam will be required to take the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE). The ESLPE is a written diagnostic examination. Depending on the results of the ESLPE, students may be required to complete ESL courses in order to graduate.

Incoming international students who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life and the medium of instruction or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution are exempt from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE).

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