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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, Global Health, Global Studies, International & Area Studies, International Development Studies, International Migration Studies, and Latin American Studies.

 

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An undergraduate who takes “study abroad” to the next level

UCLA senior YIN Sun (Frankie) has made study abroad an integral part of his undergraduate education.
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B.A. just the starting point for these graduating seniors

Kyilah Terry (B.A., European Studies 2019) is headed to graduate school this fall, while Maria Amaya Morfin (B.A., International Development Studies 2019) is currently preparing for the GRE and grad school applications.
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Two projects win funding at Global Development Lab showcase

The winning projects will provide an Internet connection for Atutur Hospital in Kumi, Uganda, and deliver food and after-school tutoring to unsupervised children in Tijuana, Mexico, respectively.
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International internship: Enabled Children's Initiative

UCLA senior Kawsar Nasir Ahmad did a 10-month internship with the Afghanistan-based Enabled Children's Initiative, an experience that has only solidified her plans to work for Doctors without Borders after she becomes a doctor.
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Global Development Lab continues to impress

On June 5 in Ackerman Union, members of the UCLA Global Development Lab presented poster displays on development projects that they have researched over the past two quarters.
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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.
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Going Global Recap: Exploring human rights in the shadow of nationalism

Graduate students presented research on human rights at the Fifth Annual UCLA International Institute Graduate Student Conference.
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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.
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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.
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FLAS scholarship prompts UCLA student to pursue master's degree

A yearlong Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship gave Michelle Sinness the confidence to become a Departmental Scholar, enabling her to complete a double B.A. and an M.A. in five years.
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A year abroad in Kazakhstan

Clarissa Rodriguez perfected her Russian and made many friends during a year of study in Almaty, Kazahkstan.
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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.
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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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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.
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