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Universities in Los Angeles, the USA

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Los Angeles is known for its links to the film and television industry

Los Angeles, also commonly referred to as LA, is a city located in Southern California, and is renowned for its cultural diversity and historic entertainment industry. It is also an educational hub, and is home to several prestigious universities and colleges that can provide a top-tier academic experience.

The city’s rich cultural heritage means that students from all over the world will be able to find a slice of home in the various vibrant neighbourhoods and international cuisines. As well as this, LA’s position as the epicentre of the entertainment world offers unparalleled opportunities for arts enthusiasts.

From the iconic Hollywood district to the sun-drenched beaches of Santa Monica, the city is a blend of urban excitement and natural beauty. For international students, Los Angeles promises not only a great higher education environment, but also fantastic networking opportunities and a lively urban experience.

All Universities in Los Angeles

  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • American Career College
  • American Film Institute
  • American Jewish University
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Gnomon – School of Visual Effects
  • International American University
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Musicians Institute
  • Occidental College
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Southwestern Law School
  • The Los Angeles Film School
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California
  • Woodbury University

Top Universities in Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The University of California, Los Angeles, which is more commonly known as UCLA, is a global leader in research, arts, and athletics. Its main campus is located in the Westwood neighbourhood, and offers a wide range of highly regarded programs across various disciplines. International students can benefit from UCLA’s interdisciplinary approach, world renowned faculty and vast employment opportunities in the city.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) is located in the heart of Los Angeles, and is a hub for innovation and interdisciplinary learning. Renowned for its programs in arts, engineering, and business, USC fosters a vibrant and diverse community. International students are captivated by by its global alumni networks, industry connections, and the cultural richness of its setting. Offering both academic rigour and experiential opportunities, USC serves as a launching point for for students who are eager to make contributions in their fields on a global scale.

California State University – Los Angeles

California State University – Los Angeles (Cal State LA) offers a comprehensive education with a focus on inclusivity and community engagement. Located close to downtown LA, it provides students with a blend of academic challenges and practical experiences. International students are drawn to its diverse programs, impressive faculty members and opportunities for research and internships in the local metropolitan area.

Los Angeles Universities World Ranking 2025

Below are the top-ranked Los Angeles universities for international students, with their ranks in two of the world’s most well-respected international university rankings, the QS 2025 University World rankings and the Times Higher Education 2024 Rankings.

For more information about rankings systems and methodologies see our University rankings explained guide.

UniversityQS World Ranking 2025Times Higher Education Ranking 2024
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)4218
University of Southern California12574
California State University – Los Angeles1,401+

Tuition and Living Costs in Los Angeles

LA, with its glamorous allure, is home to several universities and colleges, all of which charge varied tuition fees for international students. These typically range from $25,000 and $55,000 annually, depending on the university and program. Living expenses in the city can vary widely, depending on where you choose to live. While LA offers a unique blend of academic and entertainment opportunities, international students should account for its moderately high cost of living when making plans.

Life in Los Angeles for International Students

For international students, Los Angeles offers a vibrant mix of experiences. You can delve into a diverse cultural scene, with neighbourhoods like Koreatown and Little Tokyo, and enjoy world-class entertainment from Hollywood films to beach festivals. The warm climate ensures sunny days, perfect for beach days and hiking in the nearby hills.

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