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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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Graduating seniors earn honors

International Development Studies students received academic and activist awards, and a Global Studies senior has been accepted into a UCLA doctoral program.
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Graduate profile: IDS Academic Award winner Katherine Gan

Looking back at the IDS program, Katherine says, “It has enriched my understanding of what is going on in the world and how the past (e.g., colonial legacies such as racism) can affect our current global situation.”
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Soon-to-be graduate wins 2021 Activist Award

“The thing that I value the most about the International Development Studies major is the opportunities it has provided me, ranging from chances for volunteering to traveling to internships,” says Laura Rabago, who is slated to graduate in December.
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Global Studies student finds her voice in interfaith activism and community

When Rucha Modi graduates in June, she will not only have earned a B.A. in global studies, but accumulated a rich body of experience in interfaith activism.
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Global studies senior discovers passion for innovation

Natasha Ann Lum has written three major research papers on innovation as a global studies major and will begin an M.S. program in computer science in fall 2020.
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Graduating seniors win Fulbright awards

IDS students Christine Tran and Rowan Baker have won Fulbright teaching and research grants, respectively. Tran will teach English in Vietnam, while Baker will conduct research in the Altai Republic of the Russian Federation.
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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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