The University of California, Los Angeles, commonly known as UCLA is a public research university in Los Angeles, United States. It is one of the leading schools in the US. It was ranked 15th in the world for academics, the 1st US Public University for academics, and 13th in the world for reputation by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2017-2018.Show more
The university is renowned and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes – 337 in total. The school’s “can-do-attitude” and optimism is what makes studying at UCLA an enriching learning experience. 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students can vouch for its success.
In 2016, the university had 119,000 applicants for the autumn semester – the most applicants for any university in the US.
The campus is divided into six undergraduate colleges (College of Letters and Science; Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; School of the Arts and Architecture; Herb Alpert School of Music; School of Theater, Film and Television; and School of Nursing), seven professional schools, as well four professional health science schools.
UCLA works closely together with partner universities locally and abroad. It has ties with its sister campus, UC Berkeley. The university attracts students from all over the county, as well as international students, because of its optimistic and innovative teaching methods.
The employability of UCLA graduates is very high, as students are well-equipped for their future careers upon graduation. Notable alumni, faculty, and researchers include fourteen Nobel laureates, three Fields Medallists, two Chief Scientists of the US Air Force, and many more.
The faculty and alumni actually helped create the internet, which proves once more that creativity and optimism are in UCLA’s DNA. Over 140 companies have been established based on technology that was developed at UCLA. The university offers financial aid – 53% of UCLA undergraduates receive some sort of financial support.
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UCLA is a truly great institution. As a graduate student, I feel motivated and encouraged to do great things. The bureaucracy is inevitable but I don’t think it’s something that should avert people from applying. The sheer amount of talks, opportunities and people here is impressive. I can’t speak about undergraduate however. The near area is not great (Westwood), it’s mostly for undergraduates. However, LA is an amazing city and there’s so much to do and see. I love living here.
The bad thing about being here is the mentality of some professors. They are very driven by their own research and their own accomplishments. For some, students and teaching are not only secondary, but of very little importance. I’m sure as a undergraduate, that can be very alienating. However, you learn to deal with the system and take advantage of what you can. You make it work for you.
Money is a big issue at UCLA. The facilities vary in terms of quality. It all depends on how much money the department or division has. Financing your education can also be a struggle. Especially for international students. Again, you do what you can to make it work.
UCLA Extension has excellent programs for people wishing to continue their education or receive professional training for their current careers or future ones. The certificate in Spanish translation and interpretation is a program that prepares you to be a legal court interpreter; providing the necessary tools to sit for the Legal Court Interpreter certification. It also prepares you for careers in medical interpretation and translation, as well as in other areas.
UCLA has a really nice campus and is in a great location. The surrounding area is safe and walkable, with lots of necessities like Trader Joes, Target, CVS, etc. Lots of clubs to get involved in and pretty easy to start your own club. Classes can be hard to get into, like most large universities. Professors tend to be good but there are exceptions, of course. Overall, I would recommend it.
I really enjoyed the course and the friendly and welcoming environment. I particularly enjoyed my final year of my studies due to the modules. My favourite modules were International Law ...