Coursework for non-UC programs is not pre-approved by UCLA. Students should carefully select their courses and consult with their departmental counselor.

To be eligible for transfer,

  • courses must be academic in nature;
  • the student must obtain a university transcript (SEE NOTE BELOW*);
  • coursework must be similar to that offered at UCLA;
  • students must receive a C equivalent or higher.

Transcript Note*: It is the students responsibility to ensure their program provides an acceptable transcript. Courses that are not properly transcripted will not transfer. UCLA will only accept an official, sealed transcript from a degree-granting college or university. The institution must be an accredited US institution of higher learning OR a foreign institution recognized by their ministry of education. All credits must post as the institutions own degree credit, not as transfer credit.

Semester vs. Quarter Units

Most non-UC programs are semester programs which grant semester credit, rather than quarter units. UCLA grants units by contact hours. In general, students can expect to receive one unit for every ten contact hours. For example, a course with 120 contact hours will generally come back as 12 units. However, there are exceptions and students should consult with the International Education Office and the counseling unit for their College or School for more information.


Transcripts should be mailed to:

UCLA Undergraduate Admission

Attn: Study Abroad International Transcripts

1147 Murphy Hall

Box 951436

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1436

Once Undergraduate Admissions has received your official transcript, it takes about 6-8 weeks for transfer credit to be processed. Please keep in mind that it may take your program 4-6 weeks to mail a transcript to UCLA. To inquire if your official transcript has been received, please contact the UCLA Undergraduate Admission Office via email at:

Petitioning for GE or Major/Minor Credit

Once your transcript has been received and processed, the units will show up on your DPR as transfer credit. At that point, you may petition for GE credit with your College or School or for Major/Minor credit with your Academic Department.