Incoming Students 

Students may be admitted to UCLA as Pre-Global Studies; however, they will still need to apply for the major once at UCLA by Fall of their junior year.  Students admitted under another major may also apply to switch to Global Studies. See our "Transfer Students" tab for more.


Current UCLA Students

Effective Fall 2019: Major applicants must complete Glbl St 102 (previously 100A), 103 (New Course), and 104 (previously 100B) before graduating. Students who have taken 100A and 100B should not take 102 and 104 as they are the same courses.



Application Requirements

Sophomore and Juniors are eligible to apply during Fall ONLY. Seniors are not eligible.

By the end of FALL:

  • Earned at least a 'B' in GLBL ST 1
  • Completed all preparation courses* (may be in progress in the Fall) with a minimum UC GPA in these courses of 3.25
  • Enroll in GLBL ST 102 (previously 100A), 103, or 104 (previously 100B) in Winter, and register for a GLBL ST 110A/110B travel study program** (Summer)

See the Major Worksheet for preparation requirements.

*Completion of level 3 of the foreign language is acceptable when applying for the major. Level 6 of the foreign language is required to complete all preparation requirements, but can be done once accepted to the major. Sophomore applicants do not need need one year of foreign language to apply. 

** Sophomores are not required to enroll in Summer Travel Study until their Junior year



Admission to the Major

The main factors considered for admission are:

  • preparatory GPA (minimum 3.25)
  • grade in GLBL ST 1 

 Due to a limited number of spaces for new admits, meeting the minimum preparation requirements does not guarantee admission to the Global Studies major. Students are asked to have a backup major in mind when applying, in case they are not accepted. Possible back up majors are International Development Studies, International and Area Studies, Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Chicano/a Studies to name a few.

Applications will be reviewed after Fall Quarter grades are posted. The notification period for applications to the Global Studies major is targeted for Week 2 of Winter Quarter, if not before. Students are asked to refrain from inquiring about their application status until after notifications are sent.




Application opens November 15th-Dec 2nd 2020

IMPORTANT: Before you start the Application,  model your DARS for Global Studies and check that all preps for Global Studies are showing up in the correct fields. If they are not, please contact the Global Studies Advising Office.


 Travel Study and Winter Coursework

Third year Global Studies applicants must do the following**:

  • Enroll in Glbl St 102, 103 or 104 in the Winter Quarter
  • Register for a Global Studies Travel Study program (GLBL ST 110A/110B)** for the following Summer any time after November 15th via the UCLA Travel Study website. Certain destinations fill up quickly so if you have a preferred program, enroll early. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to enroll. Sophomore applicants have the option of enrolling in the Travel Study program their second or third year.

Students who are not admitted to the Global Studies major will have the option of dropping GLBL ST 110A/110B, but the deposit will not be refunded. These courses can be used towards two of the three electives for the Global Studies minor.

**Students who are not able to meet the travel study requirement must meet with a Global Studies counselor to explore their options.

Checklist to declare the Global Studies minor:

  • Be in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 GPA cumulative)
  • Have completed all preparatory courses for the minor with a minimum prep GPA of 2.00 (grades for all preps should be posted on the Degree Audit Report). You do not need to complete any upper division coursework including GLBL ST 102, 103, and 104 (previously 100A & 100B) prior to declaring.
  • For students who have exceeded 150 cumulative units, the Global Studies department will request approval from their main advising unit before declaring them into the minor. If approval is granted, the department will notify students.

Only students who have satisfied all the above requirements may request to be declared Global Studies Minor by submitting a petition no later than the quarter prior to your last quarter at UCLA.

Minor Requirements

For all minor requirements, please see 'Minor Requirements' under the 'Current Students' tab. 



UCLA admitted transfers declared under ANY major are eligible to apply to Global Studies, however, pre-Glbl St students will have priority to be admitted over students planning to switch or add Glbl St as a double major.

Incoming transfer students must apply Fall of their junior year (your first quarter at UCLA). Application information is available under the 'Applying to the Major' tab. Sign up for summer orientation and attend the Glbl St Departmental counseling session.  Please email us if you can't attend orientation at

Take a look at our Summer 2020 courses for Session A and Session C—all online! 

Why do Summer Sessions?

• Easy access to classes that fill up quickly during the academic year
• Get ahead in completing your degree
• Shorter course terms
• Small class sizes, more interaction with instructors


In addition to reviewing and UCLA's Admissions page, make sure to review our website for additional major information. Please remember:

  • You will have to submit a supplemental application to be admitted to the Global Studies major after you are admitted to UCLA.
  • You may complete the foreign language requirement (intermediate level) at UCLA via placement exam, appropriate coursework, or language immersion abroad.


If you hold an F1 visa and attended high school where instruction was not in English, the Global Studies foreign language requirement may be waived. Please check with your Global Studies counselor.

Chat with a current international student! Click below:


Please review the Transfer Student Handbook and let us know if you have questions!

Also, don't forget to visit the Transfer Student Center!

Click below to meet with a Global Studies advisor! Please note: questions about course transferability will only be addressed once transcripts are posted. 



The Global Studies Major at UCLA requires students to complete the intermediate level of a foreign language. For Spanish, completion of Spanish 5 is acceptable.


You may be exempted from the Foreign Language requirement for the following reasons:

  • Completion of a Language Placement Test. Placement Tests are offered through a language's respective department (i.e. Department of Asian Language & Cultures). You must take the Placement Test, not the Exemption Test, for the major. *Note: successful completion of the Exemption Test will only waive the requirement for the College Foreign Language requirement, which equates to one year of the elementary year. For clarification, please contact our Advising Office.
  • AP Test credit can be accepted depending on the AP score. Please contact our Advising Office.
    International Students from a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country may be exempt. Please contact our Advising Office.
  • Students with an F1 visa who attended a high school where the primary language of instruction was not English may be exempt. Please contact our Advising Office.

Students minoring in Global Studies do not have to complete the language requirement.

When applying to the Global Studies major, completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable (i.e. Spanish 3). *Sophomore applicants are exempted from this requirement.

Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language must be completed by graduation in order to fulfill all major requirements.


International Institute Events

Attend numerous events on specific world regions and pressing global issues. For upcoming International Institute Events, visit the Event Calendar


Recommended Campus Groups

  • Global Development Lab - Equips students with skills and resources necessary to foster global development initiatives.
  • GlobeMed at UCLA  - Promoting global health equity through partnerships and sustainability.

       Find more UCLA student groups HERE

VIRTUAL ADVISING HOURS (subject to change)

By appointment at least 5 hours in advance. Please e-mail if you need accommodations (same day or outside office hours appointments)

Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Speak with Sandy or Karen

Meet your Advisors!

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, inspire exploration of research, internship opportunities and experiences abroad. We are committed to fostering growth, enthusiasm and pride for our International Institute majors and minors in addition to empowering our students to draw connections between their UCLA experience and their personal and professional ambitions. Our ultimate goal is to encourage our students to make a positive impact in the world both during and after their college careers as informed and responsible global citizens.



Sandy Valdivieso 

Karen Quintanilla

We can assist you with:

  • Thoughtful academic and professional planning
  • Exploration of research
  • Inspire internship opportunities and experiences abroad
  • Helping you connect your major to your career and personal goals
  • Clarifying the scope and requirements of the major or minor

Contact Us


 Virtual advising hours: Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Fri: 10:00am - 12:00 pm

Office: 10270 & 10274 Bunche Hall 

 NOTE: We will not be in our physical offices until further notice.