Make the most of your summer!

The Global Cities Program is a unique collaboration between partner universities abroad and UCLA. It offers a comparative perspective through coursework and social events that highlights the creativity, economics, social-political and cultural background of the host cities. It provides the opportunity to enjoy a unique academic and cultural experience that combines credit-bearing courses with special events.

This joint program is comprised of two consecutive sessions. For the first 4-5 weeks, you will join a group of local students at the host university. For the last 6 weeks, the same cohort of students come to UCLA to attend Summer Session C.

Choose from one of the following destinations:

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

Registration & Deadlines

Registration opens on November 18th and closes on April 1st.  All spaces are first come, first served. Due to the unique settings of this program, each host university will accept up to 10 UCLA students.

A $300 deposit is required to secure your place in the program. Full payment deadline is April 10th. Students receiving financial aid will have a later payment deadline.

You will be required to submit the following documents for your registration:

  • One-page Statement of Purpose describing why you want to participate in the Global Cities Summer Program.
  • Copy of the biographical page of your passport, if available.
  • Passport-style photo of yourself.


Program cancellation deadline is April 10th at 5PM. Paid program fees (minus $300 nonrefundable deposit) are refundable until the cancellation deadline.  If the program is cancelled by IEO due to COVID-19 risk, you will receive full refund of program fees (the $300 non-refundable deposit will be applied towards your summer fees if you stay enrolled in at least one UCLA Summer Session course).

Program Dates

First Session (Abroad): Varies according to location (June/July)
Second Session (UCLA): August 2 to September 10, 2021

Fees and Financial Aid

Find fee information on your selected program page. Scholarships and financial aid are available to eligible students. Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.


First Session
Attend two courses abroad at location of your choice. Financial aid recipients must also enroll in an additional 199 UCLA course for Summer Session A. See your selected program page for the pre-approved list of courses and additional details.

Second Session
Enroll in 8 units at UCLA during Summer Sessions C. Choose two courses from the approved list below:

UCLA Courses – Summer 2020

(Summer 2021 courses will be available mid-January)


COMM 105 – Media Conspiracy Theories in U.S. and Middle East

COMM 109 – Entrepreneurial Communication

COMM 110 – Gender and Communication

COMM 145 – Situation Comedy and American Culture

COMM 148 – Integrated Marketing Communications

COMM 156 – Social Networking


ECON 122 – International Finance

MGMT 163 – Entrepreneurship and New Product Development

MGMT 180 – Special Topics in Management

MGMT 182 – Leadership Principles and Practice


GLBL ST 140 – Hollywood and America’s Global Image


FILM TV 122E – Digital Cinematography

FILM TV 122M – Film and Television Directing

FILM TV 183C – Producing III: Marketing, Distribution, and Exhibition


HIST M133C – History of Prostitution

HIST M150D – Recent African American Urban History: Funk Music and Politics of Black Popular Culture

HIST M155 – History of Los Angeles


POL SCI 149 – Special Topics in American Government and Politics

POL SCI 150 – Political Violence


SOCIOL 111 – Social Networks

SOCIOL 156 – Law and Society

Contact Us

For more information or if you want to schedule an appointment with the program advisor, please contact Wilsi Lieux at:

Phone: 310-825-7707.