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Study Abroad Opportunities for International Institute Students

Whether you are pursuing an International Institute major or minor under the International & Area Studies IDP (African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies), the Global Studies IDP or the International Development Studies IDP, you are highly encouraged to participate in a travel study program!

There are a number of travel study programs which students can participate in which range in length from a month during summer, one term, 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 campus-wide 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 the Academic Counselor for your IDP to discuss how the courses might apply towards your International Institute major or minor requirements.***


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

Note that registration for all UCLA Summer Travel Study programs begins on November 15th!

Programs offered through the International Institution are as follows:

International & Area Studies:

Note that students pursuing any International & Area Studies major can use I A St 110A towards the I A St 191 requirement.   I A St 110B can be applied towards any relevant elective, as long as the area is related to the major or minor.  The option I A St 199 course (Directed Research in International & Area Studies, resulting in a research paper), can be petitioned to be used towards an elective requirement, where relevant, as well.

Global Studies:

Global Studies majors are expected (& minors are encouraged) to participate in a Glbl St Summer Travel Study program.  These travel study programs, offered at several strategic locations around the world, act as a lens allowing students to see first-hand how the issues addressed in the Global Studies core curriculum are playing out around the world in places with distinctive histories and cultures. 

The Glbl St Summer Travel Study programs consist of two intensive research-based courses, Glbl St 110A: Globalization in Context (5 units) and Glbl St 110B: Globalization In Context Research Seminar (5 units), taken together over a 4 to 5 week period.  They have prerequisites of Glbl St 1, Glbl St 100A, and Glbl St 100B, which must be completed prior to the start of the summer program, and are all taught in English (there are no language prerequisites).  Through these courses, students explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization through social, political, and economic themes. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different locations around the world.  The courses will combine required readings with class room discussion, experiential learning, and primary research.

Glbl St 110A and Glbl St 110B are required courses for the Global Studies Major.  The optional Glbl St 199 course (Directed Research in Global Studies, resulting in a research paper) offered through the Summer Travel Study program can be petitioned to be used towards an elective requirement, where relevant.

Glbl St 110A and Glbl St 110B are optional courses for the Global Studies Minors.   Students may apply the two courses towards any two electives for the minor (Culture & Society, Governance & Conflict, or Markets).  The optional Glbl St 199 course (Directed Research in Global Studies, resulting in a research paper) offered through the Summer Travel Study program can be used towards the 3rd and final elective requirement for the minor.

International Development Studies:

International Development Studies majors may apply relevant coursework towards their major requirements.

For the Globalization and 21st Century China Summer Travel Study program, students can apply Intl Dv 191 towards the Intl Dv 191 requirement (or, if enrolled in I A Std 110A, instead, the Part IV. Regional & Thematic Electives: East Asia and East Central Asia requirement), and I A Std 110B towards the Part IV. Regional & Thematic Electives: East Asia and East Central Asia requirement. 


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 Wizard 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.


Non-UC Study Abroad Programs
Accredited 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:


Funding for Study Abroad:

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

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