Course Lists:

For minors, please refer to your minor worksheet when choosing classes.

Fall 2024 Course List

Winter 2024 Course List

Spring 2024 Course List


Do you have an Internship during the Spring or Summer?

International and Area Studies 195CE internship course is offered during the Spring and Summer. Depending on the type of the internship, the course can be applied to the International and Area Studies major by petition to the chair.   


  • The internship has to have an international component
  • The internship must supervised
  • Students must intern 8-10 hours a week
  • Attend 5 bi-weekly meetings with a TA
  • Submit weekly response papers and a final research paper

Students enrolled in International and Area Studies 195CE during the Summer session may apply for Muriel F. Siebert Scholarship.


International and Area Studies 191
Schedule for 2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022
I A STD 191 sec. 1: Causes and Consequences of Russia-Ukraine War
Instructor: Moore, A.D.

Winter 2023
I A STD 191 sec. 1: Chocolate and Coffee in the Americas
Instructor: Bonnie Taub

Spring 2023
I A STD 191: TBD (Focus on Southeast Asia)
Instructor: Patrick Heuveline

Students can submit a Petition to the Chair of Asian Studies if they want to apply a course not included on the major worksheet. This may also include courses taken or to be taken abroad. Students must include the course syllabus with their petition.

** Please be aware that the petition may be denied and you will need to plan alternative coursework. **

Petition Form

Petition submissions will be checked at the end of each week. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the committee's decision.







  • Boren Scholarships: Boren Scholarships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The scholarship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $20,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) ProgramThe 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 eight to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate students. Upon completion of the program, participants receive U.S. Academic Credit from Bryn Mawr College and an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.



UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Awards:


  • UndocuBruins Fellowship Program: a fellowship program that ensures all students, regardless of immigration status, have the opportunity to receive financial support and achieve their educational and professional goals. Application closes August 29th, 2022.
  • Mariposa Achivement Project (MAP) Scholarship: MAP Scholarship was created to support undocumented students cover the cost of academic materials. Application will close on September 23, 2022.



  • The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship: The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with support for purposeful travel to and cultural immersion 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. Applications open in early Winter quarter. 


  • Payne International Development Fellowship: The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records are eligible to apply. The Payne program encourages members of historically underrepresented minority groups and those with financial need to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting rewarding career in the Foreign Service with a commitment minimum of five years. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship. Awards 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 AmericansThe purpose of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of immigrants or children of immigrants to achieve leadership in their chosen field. Generous stipends of up to $25,000 are awarded, as well as tuition scholarships. Undergraduate students may apply for this scholarship while simultaneously applying to graduate school. Application deadline is November 1st. 



All Regions



Program-Specific Aid

Students studying abroad through programs below are eligible for funding.

General Study Abroad Scholarship Sites

  • UCLA Summer Travel Study Scholarships & Other Scholarship Opportunities
  • UCLA Scholarship Resource Center-Study Abroad Scholarships
    Search for scholarships, grants, & fellowships. Located at 233 Covel Commons. For more information, call (310) 206-2875
    Forum on Financial Aid-Sources and Tips for Study Abroad Funding
  • UCLA Career Center Lab & UCLA Library
    There are numerous books available that highlight financial aid for specific programs and destinations. Here are a few to look into:
    • Financial Aid for Study Abroad by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber.
    • Work, Study, Travel Abroad: The Whole World Handbook, Council on International Educational Exchange.
    • Financial aid for research and creative activities abroad, Reference Service Press.
    • Financial aid for study and training abroad, Reference Service Press.
    • Financial resources for international study: a guide for U.S. nationals, Institution of International Education.







-Programs Offered in the Summer ONLY
-Courses taught by our own UCLA Faculty
-Open to anyone over the age of 18
-In most cases, two UCLA courses offered during a Summer Travel program. They will automatically appear on your transcript.



 Quick Facts:

  • Programs Offered Year-round (i.e. Fall, Winter, Spring, Winter & Spring (Semester), Summer, and Year-long programs)
  • Full Immersion -  Take Classes at a University Abroad, Classes taught by University Professors, Live in University dorms (some programs)
  • Programs run through the UC system, not specific to UCLA 

Visit our UCEAP Databases to see which courses have been pre-approved:

*You are not limited to these courses. If you would like to take a different course, please submit a petition. See below for details.




Check the IEO Scholarship page for a complete list of scholarships.


 Apply now for the 2023-24 school year!

Deadline: Monday of Week 2 of Fall Quarter

Mandatory Meeting for Students Week 3 of Fall Quarter



• Spend 3 quarters researching a topic you are passionate about

• Receive individual writing mentorship from a UCLA faculty member

• Add Departmental Honors recognition to your diploma and transcript 

• Strengthen research skills for graduate school and career

 Apply now for the 2023-24 school year!

ABOUTThe Departmental Honors program offers highly motivated students in Asian Studies the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. The program consists of three courses — International and Area Studies 198A, 198B, 198C — culminating in an honors thesis.

Departmental Honors and Highest Honors are recorded on the final transcript and diploma after students successfully complete the program. Please see "Guidelines" below for official requirements.


To enter the departmental honors program, students must:

  • have completed all preparation for the major requirements with a 3.5 grade-point average,
  • have a 3.5 GPA in all upper division coursework for the major,
  • secure a faculty member to supervise their honors thesis, and
  • formally submit an application to the honors program.

*Students are encouraged to apply in the Spring of their Junior year to begin their thesis in the Fall. In some cases, students may begin their thesis mid-year. Please consult with an advisor regarding your options.




  1. If you have additional questions, consult with one of our advisors.
  2.  In Spring, attend our annual Research Workshop to prepare you to start your research in the Fall.
  3. Attend an online or in-person library research workshop/tutorial on narrowing down your topic, finding sources, organizing information, etc.
  4. Attend events during Undergraduate Research Week (annually in May) to gain inspiration from peers and learn about new opportunities with research.


The Departmental Scholar Program (DSP) allows exceptional juniors and seniors to pursue the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. It offers advanced students access to graduate level classes and an opportunity to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of UCLA's distinguished faculty.

International Institute Academic Programs that have participated in the Departmental Scholars program in the past include:


Students seeking nomination to the Departmental Scholar Program should review the eligibility criteria on the UCLA Honors Programs website.

Application Process

A completed application must include all of the following materials before being considered for admission:

  • Statement of Purpose –No more than two pages in length. Statement of purpose should describe academic, and/or professional experience
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – Letters should be from tenured UCLA faculty members as specified here
  • Writing Sample – 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.
  • Transcript (can be unofficial)

For more information please contact:

Yumi Kinoshita, Academic Advisor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256  Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Zoom meetings can be scheduled here. 

For general information on becoming a Departmental Scholar, or to see if other departments offer similar programs, please contact College Honors.



The International Institute Commencement Ceremony will take place on
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Royce Hall


Please be aware that eligibility to participate includes:

     * Undergraduate students pursuing a major under the International Institute
     * Graduate students pursuing a master’s degree under the International Institute
     * Completion of all degree requirements & graduation in 23F or 24W, or degree candidate for 24S or 24Su

Given space limitations, International Institute minors are not eligible to participate, and should seek inclusion in the commencement activities of their major department, instead.

Students participating in the International Institute Commencement Ceremony must RSVP for the event (see below) and will be issued their own electronic ticket which will allow entry to Royce Hall.

Guests are required to have their own electronic tickets for the event, except for infants who will not be occupying a seat of their own. Guest tickets must be ordered by the graduating student (see below).

RSVP & TICKET ORDERING: Friday, May 10, 2024 at 12:00pm – Friday, May 24, 2024 at 11:59pm

During this time period, students can order up to twelve (12) guest tickets. The first four (4) tickets are complimentary. Any additional tickets beyond the 4 free ones will incur a $20.00 charge per ticket ordered (to be charged through BruinBill). Note that refunds are not available. Students will be billed for guest tickets ordered whether or not the tickets are used.

Undergraduate students intending to participate in the International Institute Commencement Ceremony can RSVP (for themselves, and will be issued a ticket so that they can enter Royce Hall) and order tickets (for their guests) through MyUCLA during the time period listed above. If you have any problem accessing the online Commencement RSVP & Ticket Ordering system from MyUCLA, please contact the College Commencement Office.

Graduate students pursuing a degree through the International Institute can RSVP (for themselves, and will be issued a ticket so that they can enter Royce Hall) and place their guest ticket order via their Academic Counselor, and should do so during the time period listed above.

Additional Guest Tickets:

Additional guest ticket requests (beyond those ordered during the above time period) will be granted pending availability, and can be requested as of Friday, May 24, 2024 at 12:00pm…please do not inquire about additional tickets before then!

To request additional guest tickets, please contact your International Institute Academic Counselor, state your name and UID#, and indicate how many additional guest tickets you would like to order. Recall that refunds are not available and students will be billed for all guest tickets ordered whether or not the tickets are used, so please be clear in requesting ADDITIONAL guest tickets desired, on top of any already ordered.


As a convenience, you may also pre-order parking permits for commencement events for you or your guests via MyUCLA as of May 1. For full details and instructions on Commencement Parking, please visit UCLA Transportation.

STUDENT & GUEST TICKET DISTRIBUTION: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 8:00am -Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 5:00pm

The Central Ticket Office (CTO) will be distributing both student and guest tickets electronically via email from Please check that your email account is accurate on MyUCLA, and check your email account’s SPAM folder frequently, to be sure you do not overlook any important messages.

Both students and their guests will be required to have a ticket to enter Royce Hall!


All students are expected to wear academic regalia to the International Institute Commencement Ceremony, and can order a tassel, cap and gown (plus optional sash) through Graduation Etc., located at the UCLA Store (Ackerman Union, A-Level, 310.825.2587).

Recommended regalia:
For undergraduates: Grad Etc Bachelor Unit
For graduate students: Master Unit Rental link (select College of Letters & Science)

Sashes, etc., are optional, and can also be ordered through the Graduation Etc. website.


Students should arrive at Royce Hall no later than 5:45pm wearing academic regalia, and with the electronic ticket for themselves readily available so that they can enter Royce Hall.

Once inside Royce, students should proceed to the Registration Table which will be located in the West Lobby. There, you will pick up your name card that will be used to announce your participation in the ceremony and line up as directed. Note that no rehearsal will be held. Because of this, it is very important that you arrive at Royce Hall on time so that you can be directed to the proper location and given more detailed information on the ceremony. Note: Students should leave bags/purses with their guests as they will not be allowed to process into Royce Hall Auditorium with them. IMPORTANT: Students who arrive after the processional takes place will not be allowed to participate, so please be sure to show up on time!

Guests should also expect to arrive no later than 5:45pm and should find seats for themselves inside of Royce Hall. As seating is general admission only, please encourage your guests to arrive early with easy access to their electronic tickets. **In order to ease day-of anxiety, it is highly recommended that you distribute your guest tickets PRIOR to commencement day!** Note: balloons are not allowed in Royce Hall Auditorium, so please let your guests know not to bring them!

Professional photographers will be taking individual photos of each student. These photos will be available for purchase from GradImages shortly after the ceremony. Students who preregister with GradImages prior to the commencement ceremony (select UCLA, then UCLA International Institute) can receive a 20% discount on their order. While GradImages will be taking the official photos of the International Institute Commencement Ceremony, there is no obligation to purchase any photograph from them, as ordering pictures is completely optional. Guests may take their own photos as well, but will be asked to remain in their seats and will not be allowed in the aisles during the ceremony.

The International Institute Commencement Ceremony is expected to run through 8:00pm (approx.), with a small reception to follow in Royce Quad.


A commencement program will be produced and distributed to all who have RSVP'd for the International Institute Commencement Ceremony.  We ask that you share this with your guests ahead of the ceremony so that they can learn more about the academic programs offered by the International Institute, get a preview of our Keynote Speaker, and so on. NOTE: The list of names includes only degree recipients from this past Fall or Winter, or degree candidates for this Spring or Summer and who do not have a privacy restriction! Students with a degree term outside of this, or with a privacy restriction, will not be included in this year’s program, but are welcome to attend the ceremony. Whether or not you are listed in the program or attend commencement ceremonies does not in any way affect the actual conferring of the degree!


We at the International Institute are very proud of our alumni and we want you to continue to feel connected to us and to each other even long after graduation!

UCLA ONE: One way to continue to connect is to list your profile on UCLA ONE. With this directory, we hope to promote a strong sense of community among all International Institute students, both present and past, which extends beyond the boundaries of our campus, and beyond the period spent attaining their degree at UCLA. By sharing what you accomplished at UCLA, and what you do after obtaining your degree, you help us get to that goal! Also, be sure to check out the International Institute Academic Programs Group on UCLA ONE. This group is for current and past students of the UCLA International Institute Academic Programs. The group’s purpose is to promote a strong sense of community among all Institute students and alumni, provide opportunities to network, to share opportunities, and to participate in mentor relationships.

LinkedIn: All of our alumni are welcome to join the UCLA International Institute Alumni Network, our professional network on LinkedIn. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with your former classmates!


If, after re-reading this document carefully, you have more questions about the International Institute Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Academic Counselor of your academic program (see below).

Global Studies Major
International Development Studies Major

Sandy Valdivieso, 10274 Bunche Hall
Elizabeth Alvarez, 10270 Bunche Hall


African & Middle Eastern Studies Major
Asian Studies Major
European Studies Major
Latin American Studies Major

Yumi Kinoshita, 10256 Bunche Hall
Karina Barrera, 10254 Bunche Hall


African Studies M.A.
East Asian Studies M.A.
Latin American Studies M.A.

Yumi Kinoshita, 10256 Bunche Hall



For 2023-2024 we will be offering virtual and in-person advising support.

We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to read our FAQs and program websites. If you still have questions or concerns, you may contact us at (please include your name & UID).

We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops, and events that focus on academic and professional planning, exploration of research, internship opportunities, and experiences abroad. 


Yumi Kinoshita

Academic Advisor

Undergraduate Counselor


  Karina Barrera

   Undergraduate Advisor

We can assist you with:

  • Major, pre-major, and minor questions and petitions to declare (I A STD & Global Health)
  • Educational planning and course sequencing
  • Course petitions and substitutions
  • DARS updates for major/minor
  • Enrollment questions for I A STD and Global Health courses
  • Contract courses (I A STD 195CE & 198A/B/C, GH 199)
  • Exploration of research, Departmental Honors, internship/career opportunities, and study abroad
  • Graduation checks

Contact Us

Please include your name and UID in all emails.

Email us if you need accommodations for same day or outside office hours appointments.

Undergraduate Advising:

 Graduate Advising: 

Current UCLA undergraduate students can make an advising appointment with Karina at Academic Counseling - Barrera, Karina.

 If you're not a UCLA student, please e-mail us at the corresponding email as noted above.  

  Bunche Hall 10256 & 10254 (10th floor)

 Mailing Address:
Academic Advisor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


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