No Application is Required until Summer 2025

Fall Application is waived this year so eligible students who have completed all preparation requirements may submit a form to be declared within 3 weeks the IDS major any quarter.  


Eligibility to Declare the Major

  • Freshmen, sophomore and Junior (including newly admitted transfer students)*
  • Good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA cumulative).
  • Required Courses
    • Completed ALL preparation courses with a minimum UC major GPA of 2.0.
      • Note: INTL DV 1 is only offered Fall and Summer.
    • Complete foreign language: Level 3, equivalent to 3 quarters at UCLA. (Transfers may fulfill this with IGETC certification and Sophomores may be in progress with this requirement)**
    • Upper division coursework is not required prior to declaring.

* Seniors are not eligible ** Level 6 (or Spanish 5) of foreign language is required for graduation. Language can be satisfied via placement exam or native proficiency. Email us if you have taken a placement exam. More information about foreign language requirement can be found HERE.


Major Requirements

For all major requirements, please see go to the 'Current Students' tab.


Major Declaration Form  

Deadline: The form may be submitted at any time (as long as preps are completed) but no later than Summer between Junior/Senior year and September 15th, 2025.

Notifications: All students who meet the minimum  eligibility will be declared within three weeks of form submission. Please plan accordingly. Be sure to check your MY.UCLA, inbox and spam folder for a decision. Please refrain from inquiring about your status before the three weeks

Double Majoring: Please follow the instructions on the form to start the double major petition process. This process only applies to those who are already declared in another major.

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

 Declaration Form




  •  UCLA admitted transfer students declared under ANY major are eligible to declare the IDS major. 
  • NOTE: No Supplemental Application is Required for students entering UCLA in Fall 2024 . See "Declaring the Major" tab.
  • Sign up for summer orientation and request to attend the IDS counseling session.  E-mail us if you can't attend.
  • Find resources for transfer students here: Transfer Student Handbook and connect with the Transfer Student Center.


  • Reviewing and UCLA's Admissions page and review our website for additional major information. 
  • You may complete the foreign language requirement (intermediate level) at UCLA via placement exam (if available) or appropriate coursework, or abroad. See Foreign Language tab for more info.


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



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

Please note:

  • Make sure that you check if the language you are taking offers intermediate level at UCLA.
  • Spanish Courses fill up quickly so students should consider other languages if possible.
  • Courses can be completed in the summer at UCLA or a Community college. Consult with our advising office.


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 or Spanish Department). 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. Please email results of exam to our office.

  • AP Test credit can be accepted depending on the AP score. 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. International Students from a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking country may be exempt. Please contact our Advising Office.

When applying to the IDS 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. 


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International Institute Open House

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Recommended Campus Groups

  • Global Development Lab - Equips students with skills and resources necessary to foster global development initiatives.
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       Find more UCLA student groups HERE

Meet your Major/Minor Advisors!

We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops and events. 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.


Global Studies & IDS Advisor Sandy Valdivieso

Sandy Valdivieso

Global Studies & IDS Advisor

Liz Alvarez

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 your Counseling Unit with questions about GE/IGETC Requirements, Course Add/Drop Petitions, Degree Plan Contracts, College-specific requirements, Holds, Grad Checks, Probation status, Readmission, etc.

Contact the Registrar's Office with questions about registration, fees, classes, etc.- view FAQ's

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Please include your name and UID in all emails.


Current UCLA students only. If you're not a UCLA student, please e-mail us. The appointment will be cancelled if you're not present (online or in person) within 5 minutes of the scheduled time. Our offices are located in Bunche Hall 10270 & 10274. MY.UCLA APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER