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Tallinn Old Town (Toompea)

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Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

International & Area Studies

Featured Alumni
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    MA '07

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    BA '03

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    BA '96

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    BA '07

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    BA '96

  • Aerin Cho

    BA '08

  • Cecily Couture

    BA '06

  • Drew Dushkes

    BA '11

  • Karla Galdamez

    MA '03

  • Alejandro Garcia

    BA '11

  • Gayle Gienger

    BA '03

  • Kimberly Grano

    BA '15

  • Kaitlin Highstreet

    BA '15

  • Zachary Jarvinen

    BA '06

  • Kristin Kalla

    MA '92

  • Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou Kim

    BA '11, MA '14

  • Nancy Knowles

    BA '90

  • Tanya Lara

    BA '07

  • J. Eric Lomeli

    BA '00, MA '02

  • Emily Marsh

    BA '09

  • Angela Mc Duffie

    BA '10

  • Laurel McAndrews

    BA '07

  • Ray Minjares

    BA '02

  • Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

  • Conor Moore

    BA '10

  • Ben Moore

    BA '10

  • Gael Murphy

    MA '82

  • Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

  • Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

  • Joanna Sherif

    BA '10

Applying to an International & Area Studies major

(African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies)

Applying to an International & Area Studies Major

All UCLA students who plan to pursue a major under the International & Area Studies Program—African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, and Latin American Studies—must apply for entrance to the major.

The application period opens Week 9 of every quarter. Students must apply no later than the end of Fall Quarter of their Junior year. At the time of application, students must hold a minimum 2.00 UC GPA in the preparation courses that they have completed, and  must be enrolled in any as-yet uncompleted preparation courses.

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 taken once accepted to the major.  The minimum prep GPA of 2.00 must be maintained even after this course is completed.


Please note that meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is on a competitive basis, using the above qualifications as minimum standards for consideration.


Incoming UCLA Students

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may enter UCLA as an International & Area Studies Pre-Major (pre-African & Middle Eastern Studies, pre-Asian Studies, pre-European Studies, pre-Latin American Studies). However, please note that this designation does not guarantee acceptance to the major. International & Area Studies pre-major students still must apply for admittance to the major as described above.

Transfer students interested in an International & Area Studies Program major should complete as many preparation courses prior to coming to UCLA as possible, leaving only I A Std 1 to be taken at UCLA during the Fall Quarter of their Junior Year (unless taken during a prior summer term at UCLA).

If you would like to verify that the courses you have taken are applied to the preparation requirements correctly, please feel free to have your DARS modeled for the particular International & Area Studies IDP major at your College Counseling Unit.

Note: If you have completed any preparation coursework outside of UCLA prior to the application period, you must ensure that this coursework posts to your DARS. Please contact the UCLA Admissions Office if any non-UCLA coursework is still pending. 

 Students can apply to the major by clicking on one of the options below.  Applications are accepted at the end of each quarter.  Applications may be submitted after completing all the preparation courses for the major, finishing at least the elementary level of their primary foreign language, and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 UC.   All the grades must be posted before an application may be reviewed.  

Apply for Asian Studies Major

Apply for African and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) Major

Apply for European Studies Major

Apply for Latin American Studies Major

When you will receive a decision

Students will receive a decision regarding their application during Week 2 of the following quarter in which they applied. Please refrain from inquiring about your application until after the notifications are sent out.


Note: The application process pertains only to the International & Area Studies IDP majors.  If you are interested in pursuing an International & Area Studies minor, please refer to the appropriate Minor Worksheet at,


Any additional questions may be directed to the Academic Counseling Office in Bunche 10373.

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