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Study Abroad Opportunities

Information about the study abroad opportunities for IDS students.

International Development Studies majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in the developing world, and there are a number of programs which students can participate in. These range in length from summer, to part of the academic year, or an entire academic year.  Interested students should review the variety of options available to them.

The UCLA International Education Office (IEO) serves as the campuswide gateway to international education by developing, publicizing, and administering study abroad and student exchange programs. The programs include the UCLA Summer Travel Study programs, Education Abroad Program, non-UC study abroad programs, and various student exchange agreements. The IEO encourages all students to explore the many opportunities available. You’ll broaden your perspective and open the door to a whole world of possibilities.

Once you have determined which study abroad program you are most interested in, be sure to meet with your Academic Counselor to discuss how the courses might apply towards the IDS major requirements.

UCLA Summer Travel Study

UCLA Summer Travel Study gives direct UCLA credit (units, grades, courses)

Sample programs include

Other UC Summer Travel Programs

Gives UC credit (units, grades). Courses must be petitioned upon return.

Education Abroad Program (EAP)

Gives UC credit (units, grades). Courses must be petitioned upon return.


The Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers study abroad programs exclusively for UC students. Use the UC EAP Program Search to search for EAP programs using such criteria such as country, subject area, language of instruction, and length of program.  Use the UC EAP Coursefinder to search for courses that have previously been taken for UC credit by former students. This is a great way to preview potential course offerings to help determine if they relate to your major requirements.

Countries for IDS students include:

  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

Non-UC Study Abroad Programs

Accredited Non-UC Study Abroad Programs give transfer credit (units only, no grades). Courses must be petitioned upon return.

Students can also choose to go through other study abroad programs besides the abovementioned UC sponsored programs. The International Education keeps information and offers individual counseling regarding hundreds of non-UC study abroad opportunities. 

Sample programs include:

SIT Study Abroad

  • Argentina: Regional Integration, Development and Social Change
  • Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights
  • Balkans: Post Conflict Transformation in Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia
  • Bolivia: Culture and Development
  • Botswana: Ecology and Conservation
  • Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology
  • Brazil: Culture, Development, and Social Justice
  • Brazil: Public Health and Community Welfare
  • Cameroon: Development and Social Change
  • Chile: Culture, Development, and Social Justice
  • Chile: Economic Development and Globalization
  • Chile: Education and Social Change
  • Chile: Public Health and Community Welfare
  • China: Chinese Culture and Ethnic Minorities
  • Czech Republic: Arts, Community, and Transition
  • Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
  • Ecuador: Culture and Development
  • Fiji: Multiculturalism and Social Change
  • Ghana: Arts and Culture
  • Ghana: History and Cultures of the African Diaspora
  • India: Arts and Culture
  • India: Culture and Development
  • Indonesia: Balinese Arts and Social Change
  • Jordan: Modernization and Social Change
  • Kenya: Development, Health, and Society
  • Kenya: Swahili Studies and Coastal Cultures
  • Madagascar: Culture and Society
  • Madagascar: Ecology and Conservation
  • Mali: Gender, Health, and Development
  • Mexico: Grassroots Development and Social Change
  • Mongolia: Culture and Development
  • Morocco: Culture and Society
  • Morocco: Migration Studies
  • Nepal: Culture and Development
  • Nicaragua: Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society
  • Oman: International Economics, Energy and Diversification in the Gulf
  • Oman: Political Culture and Development
  • Panama: Development and Conservation
  • Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
  • Samoa: Pacific Islands Studies
  • Senegal: Arts and Culture
  • South Africa: Community Health
  • South Africa: Multiculturalism and Social Change
  • South Africa: Reconciliation and Development
  • Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
  • Tanzania: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • Tibet/Bhutan: Tibetan and Himalayan Studies
  • Tunisia: Popular Culture and Globalization in the Arab World
  • Uganda and Rwanda: Post Conflict Transformation
  • Uganda: Development Studies
  • Viet Nam: Culture and Development
  • Viet Nam: Ecology and Sustainability in the Mekong Delta
     

Funding for Study Abroad:

Be sure to review the information posted on the Scholarship and Research Awards Opportunities link!

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