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Latin American Studies M.A.


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    Opportunity

    Students in the Latin American Studies Interdepartmental Program have the opportunity to focus their undergraduate and graduate education on this important region of the world

    • Work with faculty to design a degree program to meet individual goals.
    • Take courses in the professional schools, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and the fine arts
    • Acquire the linguistic, methodological, and area expertise to succeed in public and private sector careers in business, government, education, the professions, and the arts

    International Reputation

    A distinguished faculty and extensive research resources make UCLA a national and international center for the study of Latin America

    • Latin Americanist faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions
    • Major library, art, film, music, and museum collections focused on the region
    • Innovation and excellence have been a hallmark of UCLA's Latin American Studies program since its inception

    Geographic Location

    UCLA's location in Southern California enhances the development and impact of the Latin American Studies degree programs. Los Angeles has one of the country's largest Hispanic populations

    • Numerous public and private educational, business, and cultural institutions have a long-standing interest in Latin America
    • Linguistic, historical, economic, and demographic influences interact in Los Angeles to forge a truly multicultural society

    Activities and Resources

    UCLA offers one of the most extensive and diverse Latin American and Iberian academic programs in the country

    • Participate in the array of programs and activities that focus on Latin America at UCLA
    • Make use of the extensive research resources available to you
    • Explore our Web site and related links to learn more about UCLA's Latin America Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program

    During their time spent completing this program, students will also have the opportunity to present their work at the Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference. With a transnational and interdisciplinary focus, Latin American Studies M.A. students are provided a unique experience and a specially tailored forum in which to engage experts on their research.

  • People

    FACULTY

    LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
    FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2019-20

    Bonnie Taub, Co-Chair, Latin American Studies
    Kevin Terraciano, Co-Chair, Latin American Studies


    Patricia Arroyo Calderon, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
    César J. Ayala, Ph.D., Sociology
    Stephen A. Bell, Ph.D., Geography, History
    Verónica Cortínez, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
    Robin L.H. Derby, Ph.D., History
    David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., Medicine
    Susanna B. Hecht, Ph.D., Geography, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Urban Planning
    Rubén Hernández-León, Ph.D., Sociology
    Elizabeth A. Marchant, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Gender Studies
    Katherine Marino, Ph.D., History
    Cecilia Menjivar, Ph.D., Sociology
    Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Public Health
    Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
    Fernando Perez-Montesinos, Ph.D., History
    Jennifer Osorio, University Librarian, ex officio affiliate

    Affiliated Faculty

    Please click HERE  for the list of the Affiliated Faculty who are eligible to serve on students' committees. 

    ACADEMIC COUNSELING

    Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
    UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
    Office of Academic Advising
    10256  Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
    Tel: 310-206-6571
    idpgrads@international.ucla.edu

    Academic Counseling drop in hours:
    Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm in 10256 Bunche (10th floor)

     

    ACADEMIC COUNSELING

     

                 Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
              UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
              Office of Academic Advising
              10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
              Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

              Tel: 310-206-6571
              idpgrads@international.ucla.edu

    Academic Counseling drop in hours:
    Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm in 10256 Bunche (10th floor)
       

    Our Students

    Under Construction... more to come!

     

    Alexis Castaneda

    Geography and Spanish B.A., UC Santa Barbara

    Hometown: Apple Valley, CA

    Alexis studied Geography and Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is particularly interested in transportation patterns and policies in Latin America. After concluding her studies at UCLA, Alexis would like to work as a Transportation Planning Consultant with ITDP, an international non-profit organization focusing on equitable and sustainable transportation projects around the world. Her dream job would focus on consulting in Latin America, specifically Mexico City. In addition to academic interests, Alexis' two main hobbies are photography and fashion.

     

    Miriam Espinoza

    Latin American Studies Departmental Scholar

    Hometown: Michoacán, México and South Central Los Angeles, CA

    I was born and raised in Michoacán, México until the age of 10 then migrated to the US where South Central LA has become my home. I am a Departmental Scholar pursuing a B.A. in Spanish; Latin American Studies; Spanish Linguistics Minor and a M.A. in Latin American Studies here at UCLA. My research interests constitute of the Mexican War on Drugs, Drug Trade Organizations (DTOs), and organized crime violence. I plan to apply to a PhD program in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations upon completion of my degrees. I enjoy spending time with friends, dancing folklórico, and eating street food.

     

    Andrew Flores-Rodriquez

    Latin American Studies B.A., UCLA

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

    I am Los Angeles born and raised and was a UCLA undergraduate in Latin American Studies. My research interests broadly include human rights and sexual reproductive rights in LGBT communities in Latin America as well as the history of ideas of gender in the context of masculinity. My hobbies include going to the gym, running outdoors, watching movies and going to new interesting places to meet great and exciting people. I am also enthusiastic about trying new foods and am excited to travel the world. I believe in the phrase, "think globally, act locally" and I hope that when I graduate UCLA I can have a fulfilling career in the field of LGBT rights. 

     

    Mandie Nuanes

    History B.A., Whittier College

    Hometown: Whittier, CA

    I am from Whittier California and I completed my undergraduate degree in History with an emphasis in Colonial Latin America and a minor in Gender Studies at Whittier College. I take a specific interest in the liminal spaces Mexican women occupy when it comes to their reproductive rights. I have and will continue to focus my research on the mechanization of the Mexican female body. After UCLA I plan to travel more of Latin America, pursue a career as a professor of History or Gender Studies or any combination of the two, and continue to conduct research and write. On my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, listing to a wide range of music, and drinking lots of coffee.

     

    Addison Woolsey

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies B.A., McGill University

    Hometown: Seattle, WA

    I received my B.A. from McGill University in 2015, where I majored in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Since then, I have worked as a translator and ceramic artist in Mexico, where I was a long-term artist-in-residence from 2016 to 2019 at Taller Mono Rojo (Mexico City) and studied traditional firing techniques in Santa María Atzompa (Oaxaca). My ceramic work examines how ceramic materials and processes can express ecological relations in ways that exceed language. 

    At UCLA, I plan to research how artists and anthropologists in Latin America are responding to the climate crisis. I’m particularly interested in the political implications of the ontological turn in anthropology (Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo Kohn, Marisol de la Cadena) and the ways in which the disciplines of art and anthropology interact in the work of a group of contemporary Mexican artists whose production gestures towards non-textual, plastic ethnographic practices (Eduardo Abaroa, Lorena Ancona, Jorge Satorre, Noé Martínez, Aleph Escobedo).

    www.addisonwoolsey.com 

     

     


  • Degree Requirements

    Of the nine courses for the Latin American Studies MA, at least five must be at the graduate level, with at least one graduate-level course falling in each of the two or three fields.

    All coursework must relate to Latin America, e.g. any research paper or project must focus on the region.

    Courses in the 300 and 400 series cannot be applied to the degree. 

    Maximum two 500 series courses are allowed for the degree.

    All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless they are in 500 series.  The 500 series courses taken for S/U can be applied to the degree but only if the course has no letter grade option. 

     

    FALL  2019 COURSE LIST

     

    Language Courses

    Before they can graduate, students have to complete one of the following language course options:

    • Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish)  and
    • Portuguese 11A and 11B (or Portuguese1, 2, 3)

    OR:

    • Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish) and
    • Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B, 18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)

    OR:

    • Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
    • Spanish 5 (Intermediate Spanish)

    OR:

    • Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
    • Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B,18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)

     

    Students who completed language requirement by taking courses outside of UCLA can be exempt from taking additional language courses at UCLA.  Please contact the Advising Office for more information. 

    Registration and Enrollment; Course Load

    Students are advised to remain aware of all campus deadlines applicable to registration and enrollment (which appear in the CALENDAR section of the UCLA Schedule of Classes). Failure to meet stipulated deadlines can result, at minimum, in the levying of late fees or other fines.

    For each quarter (Summer session excluded), all graduate students are required to be either:

    • registered and enrolled,
    • registered in absentia, or
    • on official leave of absence


    Students register by paying registration fees by the deadline. Students are advised to enroll in at least 12 units per quarter unless approval by the Faculty Advisor stipulates otherwise. An exception to this policy exists only for graduate students, near their time to degree, who may be eligible to pay a filing fee. Students should monitor their academic progress online via My.UCLA and always check their records for accuracy. Any discrepancy should be immediately brought to the attention of the relevant faculty member.


    Registration and Enrollment Procedure
    All students can access their UCLA Billing Statement online through My.UCLA which will alert them to all payment amounts due for each quarter (such as registration fees, fines, outstanding debts, financial awards, and refunds).

    ENROLLMENT for all courses may be done online through My.UCLA before the stipulated deadlines. Some courses (such as most graduate level seminars) may require that the student requests a Permission to Enroll number (or "PTE") from the appropriate instructor before enrolling in a course. More detailed information about this procedure is also available through various Campus publications and from the Coordinator of Student Affairs.

    A PROJECTED COURSE LIST for each academic quarter will be distributed to every student prior to the beginning of each academic term. Each quarterly list will indicate courses that may be applied to MA degree requirements. The Faculty Advisor must check and approve all courses. Approval for enrollment in courses not appearing on this list must be obtained from the Program Chair/Faculty Advisor.
    Course lists are always subject to change without prior notice and information (such as Course ID#s, class times & locations, and instructors) should always be verified by consulting the quarterly UCLA on line Schedule of Classes.

    Leave of Absence
    Students may formally petition to take a temporary LEAVE OF ABSENCE for one to three quarters during their graduate tenure. There is a maximum of three quarters of leave permitted to UCLA students. Leave of absence is not automatically granted and there must be a valid reason for the leave to be approved. Students are eligible for leave of absence only for one of the following reasons: outside employment, medical, parental obligations, other family obligations, military, emergency, financial hardship.
    Students on a leave of absence are not eligible for any financial assistance from the university and are not covered by the Graduate Students Health Insurance policy (GSHIP).

    Registration in Absentia
    A registered student can apply for Registration in Absentia when (s)he needs to conduct research outside of California. Student’s research has to be directly related to his/her degree program.
    For more information on the Leave of Absence and the Registration in absentia please click here.


    Withdrawal
    Registered students wishing to officially WITHDRAW from the Program are advised to notify Graduate Division via formal petition. Failure to do so can result in the seizure of the student's Transcripts and Official Records and/or legal action by the University.


    Incompletes
    An "Incomplete" (appearing on the student transcript as an "I" rather than letter grade) indicates either that the student has not satisfied the minimum requirements for a given course or, alternatively (and rarely), indicates that the instructor (through prior agreement with the student) has allowed a temporary grade assignment of "Incomplete" to stand for one quarter and be immediately changed into a letter grade the following quarter (this typically occurs only with courses spanning more than a single quarter).
    Incomplete grades can become very serious!!! If the student fails to satisfy the required coursework by the end of the following quarter, the Incomplete Grade will revert to a Failing Grade of "F" (not easy to later remove from the student's transcript).
    In order to petition for any grade change or to remove an Incomplete grade, a form signed by the Chair/Faculty Advisor must be submitted to Graduate Division with a processing fee, supporting documentation, and an explanatory letter from the course instructor.

    Fees
    Current fees are listed on the UCLA Graduate Division website . California residents are exempt from  Non-Resident Tuition. Non-California residency are encouraged to obtain California residency for tuition purposes as soon as possible. Students should contact the Academic Advisor for more information. International students are not eligible for California residency and should expect to pay the Non-Resident Tuition throughout their studies at UCLA.

    For more information on graduate studies rules and regulations please check the "Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA".

  • Concurrent and Articulated Degrees

    Latin American Studies offers joint degrees with several programs at UCLA. Those concurrent and articulated degree programs allow students to complete both degrees in less time than the sequential completion. Articulated degree programs allow certain number of courses to be applied to both degrees, while articulated degrees do not allow any course overlap. Applicants who would like to pursue both degrees need to submit separate application to each school and be admitted to both programs.


    Concurrent Degree Programs:


    M.A./Latin American Studies - M.U.R.P./Urban Planning
    Danielle Maris Lacob , Graduate Advisor
    Department of Urban Planning
    3250 Public Affairs Building
    (310) 825-7331
    Email: danielle@luskin.ucla.edu

    M.A./Latin American Studies - M.B.A./ John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management
    Jessica Chung, Associate Director, MBA Admissions
    UCLA Anderson
    Gold Hall, Suite B201
    (310) 825-6944
    Email: jessica.chung@anderson.ucla.edu

    Articulated Degrees

    M.A./Latin American Studies - M.L.I.S./Information Studies
    Michelle Maye, Graduate Advisor
    Department of Information Studies
    207 GSE&IS Bldg.
    (310) 825-5269
    Email: maye@gseis.ucla.edu

    M.A./Latin American Studies-M.P.H./School of Public Health
    Sukhwinder Sagoo, Admissions Officer
    School of Public Health
    16-071 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
    (310) 825-5524
    Email: sagoo@ph.ucla.edu

     
    General inquires regarding the M.A. in Latin American Studies should be addressed to:

    Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
    UCLA International Institute
    Latin American Studies M.A. Program
    10256 Bunche Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
    Telephone: (310) 206-6571

    Email: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu 
     

     

  • Funding Opportunities

     

    Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database - Search Form

    GRAPES is not a fellowship or scholarship, rather it is an extensive database created by UCLA to help graduate students search for funding opportunities from institutions all over the world. Graduate students in need of funding (from all disciplines) are encouraged to become very familiar with the GRAPES database, and to reference it regularly.

    Funding opportunities stemming directly from UCLA are sometimes limited. With GRAPES, however, graduate students may search for hundreds of potential funding sources from many universities and institutions outside of UCLA.

     

    General Fellowship Opportunities

    Boren Fellowship

    Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The fellowship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

    Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $30,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. 

    Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship

    The Burkle Center awards outstanding minority graduate students who have financial need and research interests relating to globalization and international relations with scholarships up to $4,000.00 each academic year. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants who demonstrate leadership skills and academic achievement.

    Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP)

    This one-year fellowship program provides recipients with a stipend plus tuition (and nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary).  The program supports a limited number of entering students pursuing either terminal or professional master's degrees.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540 (eligibility for undocumented AB540 students is effective January 1, 2013). The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study.

    Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen graduate students. Scholars will complete language coursework as well meeting with a native speaker language partner. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Language levels are classified as Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

    Hilton Global Summer Scholars Program

    The Hilton Global Summer Scholars will undertake a training fellowship on initiatives focused on reducing poverty and achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before, during, and after these summer experiences, scholars will contribute to building the evidence base on what works to improve the lives of the poor and most marginalized communities, while gaining valuable international experience and gaining the opportunity to share findings with a range of stakeholders.

    Payne International Development Fellowship

    The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program, administered by Howard University, which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The Payne program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting rewarding career in the Foreign Service.

    Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and be seeking admission to graduate school for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution. Up to $22,000 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as development, economics, public administration, business administration, global health, agriculture, or environmental science at a U.S.-based institution.

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    The purpose of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field.

    Application deadline is November 1st.

    Teaching Assistantships

    Graduate students interested in teaching positions are encouraged to subscribe to the TA Marketplace group. Departments that need to fill TA vacancies post job announcements through that group.  Students need to be registered in order to have access to the group announcements. 

    African Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship

    The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship is designed to provide graduate students with support for purposeful travel to and cultural immersion in Africa. Electing either to pursue study in an extant program or to design an original project that would be carried out in partnership with both a UCLA faculty member and an appropriate agency based in Africa. Key for any student who applies for the grant would be a commitment to public service, and whether in an established program or under an original project, students will also be required to be engaged in it.

    The fellowship will provide up to $4,000 to cover travel and approved related expenses and fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 45-days in-country. Fellowship cannot be combined with other funding.

     

    East Asian Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    Taiwan Studies Graduate Research Fellowship

    Through a grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, the UCLA Asia Institute will offer awards of up to $6000 to UCLA graduate students for pre-dissertation or dissertation-level research in Taiwan for summer 2015 or academic-year 2015-16. Students from any discipline may apply, but research must incorporate topics or methodologies of the humanities or social sciences.

    Eligibility: According to guidelines established by the funding agency, students who are native citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong, or the People’s Republic of China are not eligible to apply.

    Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowships

    The Wagatsuma Fellowship was created in honor of the late UCLA Anthropology Professor Hiroshi Wagatsuma, who for many years served as an important bridge of mutual understanding between students and academics in Japan and the United States. He pursued cross-cultural studies in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and law until his death in 1985. Applications should be submitted online.

    Awards of up to $7000 will be made to students working on a dissertation or comparable research project with a substantial cross-cultural or comparative dimension, preferably one concerning Japan or other Asian country and North America. Applications should discuss how the proposal meets the requirements of the award to continue in the spirit of Prof. Wagatsuma's work. 

    Korean Foundation, Korean Studies Scholarship Program

    The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually offers 10 yearlong scholarships to graduate students majoring in Korean studies in North America. These scholarships support a master or PhD student's coursework and/or research while enrolled at their home institutions. It covers students only through the year that they are advanced to candidacy and only if they are in residence (not overseas research). Scholarships are for one academic year only. Scholarship recipients may reapply in succeeding years for additional support. Fellowship recipients are required to submit reports on their research or coursework at the conclusion of their one-year fellowship period. 

    Latin American Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars Program

    Through this program, graduate students live and work in a region of Latin America and work with universities,international institutions and/or community organizations involved in activities focused on improving health and social conditions of local populations.

    Each student will be mentored both by a faculty member from their respective university and a representative from the sponsoring host organization in Latin America.

    Monica Salinas Summer Research Scholarship 

    Currently enrolled in UCLA Latin American Studies Graduate MA Program. Departmental Scholars are eligible. Applications available Winter quarter. 

     

     

  • Admissions Information

    Note that the Latin American Studies graduate program offers a Master's degree (M.A.) only.  There is no PhD in Latin American Studies offered at UCLA.

    General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.

    The deadline to apply to the Latin American Studies interdepartmental graduate program for the academic year beginning in the Fall quarter is December 15.

    All materials must be complete before the application is considered.

    The following materials are required components of the admission application:

    • Application form completed via UCLA Graduate Division’s Admissions Website

    • Statement of purpose (maximum two pages, double space).  Statement of purpose should describe academic, Latin America-related experience. Applicants may include information about their academic achievements and goals for study at UCLA.

    • Three letters of recommendation preferably from former or current professors or from other individuals who can attest to applicant's ability to succeed in graduate study. Letters should be uploaded via the online application system.

    • Graduate Record Examination scores (use Institution Code 4837, Department Code 5199)

    • Official transcript.  An unofficial transcript may be uploaded via on-line admission application. Official copies of transcripts (only from the institution where you received an Undergraduate or Graduate degree) must be sent to the program's office in a sealed envelope. If transcript is not in English, an authorized translation has to be provided. Applicants do not need to send official copies of transcripts from Community College or Study Abroad programs.  Official transcripts can be sent to the program's office after the student is notified about admission to the program.

    • A research paper or other writing sample that well demonstrates writing and analytical skills (10 pages maximum). The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to write professionally and clearly.  For that reason, the writing sample should be written in English. 

    •  TOEFL scores (international applicants only).  Applicants who hold a degree from a university located in U.S. or another country where English is both a primary spoken language and the language of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full time study at such institution are not required to submit TOEFL scores.  For more information please review English Requirements

     

    Financial Assistance for Entering Students

    - Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for Entering Students. Students submit application for the award along with the online application to the Latin American  Studies program. The fellowship offers fees, non-resident tuition (if applicable) and a stipend to qualified applicants.   Eligibility:  U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540.  

    - Latin American  Studies Program fellowships, including Sandra Mabritto fellowships.  Amounts vary.  

    - Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program: current seniors who look for careers in the U.S. State Department are eligible (U.S citizens or permanent residents only).   Application deadline for students applying for Fall 2020 is September 17, 2019

    - Information for students with AB540 or DACA status can be found here.    The list of 2019-20 funding opportunities for undocumented students can be found here.

    Latin American Studies M.A. Program Inquiries:
    Telephone: (310) 206-6571
    E-mail: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu

    UCLA International Institute
    Latin American Studies Graduate Admissions
    10256  Bunche Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


  • Information for Incoming Students

    Housing Options

    For students seeking housing near UCLA’s campus, there are a number of options provided by the university and by independent housing offices. Incoming students who have recently accepted an offer of admission will be contacted directly by the university via e-mail with details about how to apply for university housing. In general, most graduate students seeking university housing near campus will be competitive for housing agreements in the Weyburn Apartments.

    Weyburn Terrace Apartments

    While university housing is not guaranteed, many students in the MA program are able to secure housing in the Weyburn Terrace Apartments next to campus. The Weyburn apartments are located right next to UCLA and are within walking distance of the main campus. In addition, a very convenient university bus route connects Weyburn to the university with shuttles arriving every few minutes.

    Weyburn offers individual studio housing and housing for students seeking a roommate. Furnished and unfurnished housing options are both available. For detailed information about rates for Weyburn Terrace housing, please click here.

    Parking is available for students who obtain housing in Weyburn Terrace. A parking permit for Weyburn may be applied for during the online application process.

    Student housing is not managed by the MA program, however. As stated above, students who have recently committed to UCLA will be contacted by the university directly with information about how to apply for housing. To explore more UCLA housing information, including off-campus university housing options, please click here.

    Non-University Housing Options

    There are plenty of non-university housing options for incoming students. Craigslist is an excellent option for many students seeking housing near UCLA. Many UCLA students successfully find housing using websites such as Zuma Housing ,  Westside Rentals, ApartmentlistTrulia  and Zillow.

    Students often utilize Facebook Groups to connect with other students seeking housing in the area around Westwood. Some popular Facebook Groups are: "UCLA Sublets/Apartments," "UCLA Housing and Roommate Search," and "UCLA Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets." Be wary of scams, do not click on links that look suspicious (especially in the comment sections). 

    The neighborhoods that are located in proximity to UCLA and have good bus connection to UCLA include:

    • Beverly Hills
    • Brentwood
    • Culver City
    • Mar Vista
    • Koreatown
    • Palms
    • Santa Monica
    • West Hollywood
    • West Los Angeles
    • Westwood


    Parking options

    A daily parking permit for on campus parking is $12.  

    Students may also apply for quarterly parking permits, known as orange permits. Orange commuter permits are $249 each quarter. Commuter permits only secure parking at on-campus locations. Detailed information concerning parking permits including deadlines to apply may be found here.

    Public Transportation

    Students who find off-campus housing may also use the many convenient bus routes that connect UCLA to the greater LA area:

    • Students residing "South of Wilshire" may utilize the free Bruin Bus
    • Students residing in Culver City and Palms will find the Culver City Bus very accessible.
    • Students residing in Santa Monica, Mar Vista, West Hollywood may easily commute to campus by using the Big Blue Bus.
    • Los Angeles County Metro (bus and rail) allows students to commute from many other areas of Los Angeles.
    • You can use Metro Trip Planner to find the best bus connection when traveling around Los Angeles.

    The practicality of commuting to campus using city bus lines will be determined by the distance between the student’s housing and UCLA. While extremely affordable, some students may experience commutes of up to an hour in each direction to and from campus. Students are encouraged to consider all these factors while selecting appropriate housing.

    Obtaining California Residency for Tuition Purposes

    Out of state students can apply for California residency after completing their first year at UCLA. If approved, students will be able to pay the in-state tuition during their second or any subsequent year at UCLA. For more information, such as required documentation and deadlines to apply please visit the Registrar’s website.

    Please note that this information does not apply to international students.

  • Affiliated Reaearch Centers

Latin American Studies Students