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Study issues of development in different regions

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Engage with development work at home and abroad

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Explore different approaches to solving socio-economic inequalities

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We would like to welcome you to the new academic year. The focus of the IDS major continues to evolve so we encourage you to visit our About Us tab to learn more about our updated scope. We look forward to working with you. 


Summer 2019 Highlights  

Transfer Orientation, Session 209

This summer we welcomed lots of new incoming freshman and transfer students to the International Institute! Students had the chance to discuss major requirements, study abroad options, research, and career opportunities.  A big thank you to our amazing NSAs (New Student Advisors)! Good luck with your fist quarter at UCLA!





Student Stories

Kiara González Durán, IDS - Internship at MACRO

Kiara, an IDS student, did a summer internship at MACRO, a production company that represents voices and perspectives of people of color. Her advice for students looking for and participating in internships is to know what you want to learn from your internship experience early so that when you start, you know what questions to ask and who to meet with in order to really make the best of your experience and start preparing for your future career.







Vanessa Thomas, pre-IDS - Volunteer with BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America)

Vanessa volunteered for a month in Cofradía, Honduras as a camp counselor at a bilingual high school. The purpose of the camp is to expose the students of the school to English outside of the classroom. Her advice for students looking for volunteer experiences like these is to have an open mind, and to be grateful and kind to everyone around you. 








Jonathan Wisner, IDS - Internship at Regency Global in Cape Town, South Africa

Jonathan, an IDS student, interned this past summer at Regency Global, where he researched current needs of psychosocial skills of South African youth, and their impact on family dynamics. He also worked on amending the curriculum of the ResponsibleMe program, which is South Africa's largest HIV/AIDS prevention education program, and spearheaded a new project to create artisan training centers in communities to address youth unemployment and the country's need for skilled labor. His advice to students seeking internships is to start early and apply to many, and not be discouraged when internships say 'no.' He encourages students to be open to trying new and different things when interning abroad, and realize that you don't need to know everything going into an internship--you will learn on the spot! 


IDS Departmental Honors

Are you interested in research? Consider the IDS Departmental Honors program!
Spend 3 quarters researching a topic of your choosing and writing a Senior Thesis with the guidance of a UCLA Faculty Member. You'll have access to presentation and publication opportunities, and will receive Departmental Honors recognition to your diploma and transcript!
Please contact our office at to see if you are eligible.


International Institute Open House September 25th, 2:30-4:00pm, 10383 Bunche Hall Come meet other students in your major/minor! Learn about research, studying abroad, internships, graduate school, and more!

Global Studies Info Session 

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IDS Info Sessions

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Job Opportunities

African Studies Center Open Positions (Work-Study Only)
Clerical Position and Technical Position available. 8-10 hours/week, $14.25 per hour, 2019-2020 school year

Deadline: October 18th (extended)