Our Students

The Academic Programs offered through the UCLA International Institute allow students to focus on a particular area of study - either a specific geographic area, or a global comparative and issue-oriented approach - through a variety of disciplines across campus. The Institute also offers its own courses taught by core teaching faculty under the following subject areas: African Studies, International & Area Studies, International Development Studies, Global Health, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies.


International experience: Internship in Ecuador

When Sofia Van Cleve wasn't counting monkeys and mapping coffee farms during her summer internship, she explored the jungles and beaches of coastal Ecuador.

Pioneering UCLA students create unique learning experience

Created and run by UCLA students, the Global Development Lab teaches students concrete skills in international development and then has them design a real-life project — all for credit.

Going Global Recap

UCLA graduate students from a variety of disciplines came together to present their research on international issues at the Fourth Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference.

A year abroad gives IDS student broad experience in Japan

Stefanie Serino (UCLA 2017) spent a year at Waseda University in Japan, where she studied Japanese and international development, volunteered for an educational organization and did field research with a student club.

Learning to think critically about how the world works

UCLA senior Tala Spencer Ahmadi spent a year studying abroad in Ghana, returning with a deeper view of inequity in world politics and economics.

Third-year IDS student speaks at TEDxUCLA

Joan Hanawi's talk, entitled "unlocking the potential of your stories," explains how she plans to use story telling to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
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Recent UCLA grad wins competitive funding for start-up

International Development Studies alumna (2013) and partner land $400,000 for socially conscious start-up.
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Study abroad leads to plans for an international career

UCLA senior Jas Kirt returned from a study abroad program ready to pursue an international career.

Global Studies launched alumna's international career

In the 10 short years since she graduated from UCLA, Katherine Balan Daniel earned an M.A. and landed a series of ever more responsible positions in international executive recruiting. She credits her success to her Global Studies degree.