University of California, Los Angeles Virtual Certificate in Entrepreneurship

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Delivery Method:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Founded in 1919, UCLA is the largest and most competitive institution in the University of California system. Its distinguished professors and faculty include Nobel Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and other prestigious academic organizations. UCLA has a reputation for “turning the futile into the attainable,” pushing the limits in every lecture, seminar, and discussion group to ready the next generation to continue in excellence.

Explore business landscapes to turn an idea into a successful enterprise

Experience the dynamic academic and social culture of a leading university

Understand the ins and outs of life and business as an entrepreneur

Transition from scholar to professional in challenging real-world courses

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Anthropology, Sociology & Gender, Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, Engineering, Music, Film & Performing Arts

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University of California, Los Angeles' Academic Approach

In joining UCLA’s virtual certificate in finance program, you enjoy UCLA’s award-winning faculty and world-class reputation. A UCLA Extension certificate offers you in-depth study of a professional field. The coursework, developed by academic and industry experts, balances theory and real-world practice, providing you with the knowledge you need to transition from scholar to professional. Over the course of the study, you

• Make lasting connections with faculty at one of the highest ranked public universities in the United States and be able to request recommendation letters from faculty

• Advance your post-graduate profile by earning an official transcript/certificate from a prestigious university. UCLA extension certificate courses earn a standard UCLA transcript You also get some exclusive UCLA benefits

• Access to Handshake, UCLA Career Center’s online job board, with access to thousands of job and internship postings

• Become a lifetime member of the UCLA Alumni Association (upon completing your certificate) and gain access to a nationwide network of Bruin alumnus

• PLUS, all UCLA Extension students have access to UCLA Extension’s Career Resources, including online career coaching, workshops, and networking events

Explore Beyond the Classroom

SAF Beyond the Classroom is a collection of services provided to students enrolled in virtual courses with SAF. Join weekly virtual classes exclusively available to SAF students to enhance your online coursework experience.

Participate in:

  • Weekly discussion groups
  • Virtual campus tours
  • SAF-only university-hosted private virtual events
  • Western culture experiences
  • Expert lectures
  • Career advice
  • Trivia nights
  • …and more

Students who successfully complete an SAF program receive a program completion certificate from SAF, alongside their Western universities completion certificates, and potentially can receive support in obtaining any recommendation letters from their professors.



Course registration

You register for your finance courses when you enroll, using the course preference form in your application documents.

Course restrictions

You need to finish all the compuslory courses in your chosen discipline to earn your official UCLA transcript. If you finish all the courses in your chosen certificate program, you receive both a transcript and a certificate. Some courses may have prerequisites. You should show verifiable courses you have taken at your home universities to fulfill the prerequisite requirement. You should not apply if you don’t meet the prerequisites. After you’re admitted, SAF files a petition on your behalf to the certificate program academic department to waive the prerequisite. This may require you to identify the similar courses you have taken and provide a course description if necessary. *Graduate students and working professional can also apply

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university - and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

Language scores are not required to submit for the application. However, applicants are recommended to have the language proficiency as in-person students to ensure success in class. Please use the following minimum scores as your reference.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT or Home Edition)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency; score of 170 or above
  • CEFR: C1
  • CET-4 (China): 530, CET-6: 500
  • DAAD: 3 or above/B2
  • GEPT: High intermediate
  • GRE (verbal): 140
  • TOEIC: 685 (Listening & Reading or Speaking & Writing)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 105

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Spring 2024 Academic

Program dates:
Mid March - Mid June
Application Deadline:

Spring 2024 Academic + Summer 2024 Academic

Program dates:
Mid March - Late August
Application Deadline:

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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