UCLA has suspended in-person classes and transitioned to online platforms. Check updates HERE.
For virtual advising, please see our "Advising" tab.




 19F Major Worksheet

Course requirements

 Course Descriptions 

 Glbl St course descriptions

Degree Planner

3 and 4-year Degree Plans


Check both lists for approved courses 

DARS Courses            Additional Courses


Click HERE for past course offerings


Session A           Session C

    Travel Study                               


Study abroad courses and UC/Non-UC courses

Petition for Committee Review


Core courses are offered once a year. Travel Study is required but students should visit advising office if they can't meet this requirement to explore options.



UCLA has suspended in-person classes and transitioned to online platforms. Check updates HERE.
For virtual advising, please see our "Advising" tab.



 Minor worksheet

Minor requirements

 Course Descriptions

Detailed Descriptions

  *Note: At least 20 units of the minor (upper and lower division) must be exclusive to the minor.


Check both lists for approved courses for Fall

DARS Courses           Additional Courses


Click HERE for past course offerings


Session A                 Session C

Travel Study                                


Study abroad courses and UC/Non-UC courses

Petition for Committee Review





Find a Topic!

  1. Attend online or in-person library research workshops/tutorials 
  2. Attend the mandatory Undergraduate Research Workshop in Spring and complete the worksheet
  3. Global Studies Library Resource Guide: Find journals and sources for your thesis.
  4.  Make an appointment with our Global Studies Librarian:
 Joseph Yue (310) 825-6151 joseph.yue@library.ucla.edu

Watch the recording of our 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Workshop HERE!  


Guidelines & Resources 

Thesis Booklet

Requirements, timeline, tips

Guidelines & Faculty Form

Enrollment  and faculty form

Outstanding Global Studies Theses

Sample of outstanding theses

 Writing Assistance

One on-one and workshops





Sample Syllabus

Sample Syllabus

Sample Syllabus



  • 10 UCLA graded units (two classes: Glbl St 110A and 110B)
  • All programs are taught in English (there are no language prerequisites).
  • 3-4 week-long summer programs
  • Financial aid might cover part of the cost, check with Financial Aid office for details.  
  • Registration begins on November 15. To register, visit the IEO website
  • Scholarships of $1,000 from the UCLA International Institute available to UCLA participants of Global Studies programs.

    Glbl St Majors: Travel Study is a requirement**. The optional Glbl St 199 course (Directed Research in Global Studies, resulting in a research paper) can be petitioned to be used towards an elective requirement, where relevant.

    Glbl St Minors:
    Travel Study is optional. The two courses may be applied towards any two electives for the minor. The optional Glbl St 199 course (Directed Research in Global Studies, resulting in a research paper) can be petitioned to be used towards the 3rd elective requirement for the minor with Chair approval.

    ** DACA/undocumented students who are not able to participate in travel study may fulfill this requirement domestically. Please meet with the Global Studies counselor to explore your options. 

Global Studies majors may participate in EAP study abroad programs in addition to the required Global Studies Travel Study programs if they plan accordingly. See our Study Abroad for Global Studies fact sheet!

UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)

  • Summer, semester and year-long programs in 42 countries.
  • Many offer internships, research, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Financial Aid available.

Approval Process

  1. Review your remaining UCLA degree requirements.
  2. Choose a location. If you choose an EAP program, browse the program's catalog to search for courses you think are comparable to your degree requirements. You can also use the database below for pre-approved EAP classes that satisfy Global Studies requirements.
  3. Email course descriptions to your major/minor advising office for pre-approval.
  4. Submit official petitions upon your return (courses must be at least 4 units, Upper Division).


Global Studies EAP courses






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

Study Abroad Awards

All Regions

East Asia and Southeast Asia



Study Abroad Program Specific Aid

Students studying abroad through the programs listed 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
  • Studyabroad.com
    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.

Internship Scholarships

Research Awards

UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Awards:

  • Travel Grants
    Funding for presenting a paper at a regional / national conference
  • UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
    2-quarter (Winter and Spring) research project / honors thesis
  • UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP)
    Completion of Honors Thesis or 199 project during senior year

Summer Research Opportunities


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 must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution
  • Completion of preparation for the major
  • Minimum 3.5 overall grade point average
  • Minimum 3.5 overall grade point average in the major

Application Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year. 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 UCLA faculty (professor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor emeritus). 
  • 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:

Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256  Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Tel: 310-206-6571

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



 Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates!

Click HERE to join the
International Institute Virtual 
Commencement Celebration!


Commencement is an occasion for you to be publicly recognized by the university and your friends & family for your scholastic achievement. And, until we can celebrate in person, the International Institute is planning to hold a virtual celebration to honor our graduating students.

The celebration website will include, among other things, congratulatory messages from Institute faculty and academic counselors, as well as the names of our graduating students by academic program (major, graduate program).  The celebration will include a message from our 2020 International Institute Commencement Speaker, Katya Daniel, Global Studies ‘08. More information about Katya and why she was selected as this year’s speaker can be found

Students who are eligible to participate in the International Institute Commencement Celebration include recent degree candidates and degree recipients for the following undergraduate majors & graduate programs: African Studies, African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, International Development Studies, and Latin American Studies. 

Eligible students have already been contacted about their participation and recognition on the virtual celebration website. If you have not yet been contacted about being recognized at the 2020 International Institute Commencement Celebration, but are seeking inclusion, please contact the Academic Counselor of your program without delay.

The celebration is scheduled to go live on Saturday, June 13 at 6:30pm*, and will be accessible through this website. Please join us then to celebrate our graduates!

*The celebration website will be available for viewing after this date, as well.

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

Email: idps@international.ucla.edu

 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.