Spring 2021:

Additional Courses List (you MUST email our office if you choose to enroll in any of these courses)

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Do you have an Internship during the Spring or Summer?

International and Area Studies 195CE internship course is offered during the Spring and Summer.   Depending on the type of the internship, the course can be applied to the International and Area Studies major by petition to the chair.   

Requirements:

  • The internship has to have an international component
  • The internship must supervised
  • Students must intern 8-10 hours a week
  • Attend 5 bi-weekly meetings with a TA
  • Submit weekly response papers and a final research paper

Students enrolled in International and Area Studies 195CE during the Summer session may apply for Muriel F. Siebert Scholarship.

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International and Area Studies 191
Schedule for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021
I A STD 191 sec. 1: China in World: Environment and Politics
Instructor: Bellette Lee

Winter 2022
I A STD 191 sec. 1: Chocolate in the Americas: Bittersweet Bliss 
Instructor: Bonnie Taub

Spring 2022
I A STD 191: TBD (European Focus)
Instructor: Adam Moore

I A STD 191: TBD (Southeast Asia Focus)
Instructor: Patrick Heuveline

Students can submit a Petition to the Chair of African and Middle Eastern Studies if they want to apply a course not included on the major worksheet. This may also include courses taken or to be taken abroad. Students must include the course syllabus with their petition.

** Please be aware that the petition may be denied and you will need to plan alternative coursework. **

Petition Form 

Petition submissions will be checked at the end of each week. Please allow 2-3 weeks for a response.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

There are hundreds of scholarships available for undergraduate students for every interest or background. The below list are a few competitive scholarships which our students have received in the past:

 

Boren Scholarships
Boren Scholarships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The scholarship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.
Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $20,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate students. Upon completion of the program, participants receive U.S. Academic Credit from Bryn Mawr College and an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

Payne International Development Fellowship
For students applying to graduate school - The Payne Fellowship is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Program which seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers. Graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records are eligible to apply. The Payne program encourages members of historically underrepresented minority groups and those with financial need to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting rewarding career in the Foreign Service with a commitment minimum of five years.

Applicants must have U.S. citizenship. Awards up to $22,000 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master's degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as development, economics, public administration, business administration, global health, agriculture, or environmental science at a U.S.-based institution.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 
For students applying to graduate school - The purpose of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of immigrants or children of immigrants to achieve leadership in their chosen field. Generous stipends of up to $25,000 are awarded, as well as tuition scholarships. Undergraduate students may apply for this scholarship while simultaneously applying to graduate school. Application deadline is November 1st. 

 

International Institute Scholarships

The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship 
The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with support for purposeful travel to and cultural immersion in Africa.  Key for any student who applies for the grant would be a commitment to public service, and whether in an established program or under an original project, students will also be required to be engaged in it. The fellowship will provide up to $4,000 to cover travel and approved related expenses and fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 45-days in-country. Applications open in early Winter quarter. 



STUDY ABROAD OPTIONS

UCLA SUMMER TRAVEL STUDY * UCEAP PROGRAMS * NON-UC PROGRAMS

 

UCLA SUMMER TRAVEL

-Programs Offered in the Summer ONLY
-Courses taught by our own UCLA Faculty
-Open to anyone over the age of 18
-In most cases, two UCLA courses offered during a Summer Travel program. They will automatically appear on your transcript.

 

Summer 2021 Programs

(registration now open!)

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION ACROSS ASIA (with Prof. Robert McCann of Anderson Business School). July 17 – August 12, 2021 **Virtual only**.  Open to all majors and minors. Approved for International and Area Studies majors and minors

 

GLOBAL HEALTH IN PERU *Cancelled for Summer 2021 due to low enrollment* (with Prof. Kelika Konda of UCLA Medical School).  June 13 – July 8, 2021.  Location: Lima and Iquitos.  Open to all majors and minors.  Approved for Global Health minors, IDS majors, Latin American Studies majors and minors

Check other 2021 UCLA Summer Travel programs HERE!
UCLA Courses (automatically show up on transcript)

 UCEAP PROGRAMS 

 Quick Facts:

  • Programs Offered Year-round (i.e. Fall, Winter, Spring, Winter & Spring (Semester), Summer, and Year-long programs)
  • Full Immersion -  Take Classes at a University Abroad, Classes taught by University Professors, Live in University dorms (some programs)
  • Programs run through the UC system, not specific to UCLA 

Visit our UCEAP Databases to see which courses have been pre-approved:

*You are not limited to these courses. If you would like to take a different course, please submit a petition. See below for details.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Check the IEO Scholarship page for a complete list of scholarships.


WHY DO DEPARTMENTAL HONORS?

• Spend 3 quarters researching a topic you are passionate about

• Receive individual writing mentorship from a UCLA faculty member

• Add Departmental Honors recognition to your diploma and transcript 

• Strengthen research skills for graduate school and career

 Apply now for the 2021-22 school year!


ABOUTThe Departmental Honors program offers highly motivated students in African & Middle Eastern Studies the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. The program consists of three courses — International and Area Studies 198A, 198B, 198C — culminating in an honors thesis.

Departmental Honors and Highest Honors are recorded on the final transcript and diploma after students successfully complete the program. Please see "Guidelines" below for official requirements.


ELIGIBILITY

To enter the departmental honors program, students must:

  • have completed all preparation for the major requirements with a 3.5 grade-point average,
  • have a 3.5 GPA in all upper division coursework for the major,
  • secure a faculty member to supervise their honors thesis, and
  • formally submit an application to the honors program.

*Students are encouraged to apply in the Spring of their Junior year to begin their thesis in the Fall. In some cases, students may begin their thesis mid-year. Please consult with an advisor regarding your options.


APPLICATION FORM & GUIDELINES AND STUDENT HANDBOOK


SAMPLE HONORS THESES


NEXT STEPS

  1. If you have additional questions, consult with one of our advisors.
  2.  In Spring, attend our annual Research Workshop to prepare you to start your research in the Fall.
  3. Attend an online or in-person library research workshop/tutorial on narrowing down your topic, finding sources, organizing information, etc.
  4. Attend events during Undergraduate Research Week (annually in May) to gain inspiration from peers and learn about new opportunities with research.

WRITING ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

The Departmental Scholar Program (DSP) allows exceptional juniors and seniors to pursue the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. It offers advanced students access to graduate level classes and an opportunity to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of UCLA's distinguished faculty.

International Institute Academic Programs that have participated in the Departmental Scholars program in the past include:

 
Eligibility

Students seeking nomination to the Departmental Scholar Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution
  • Completion of preparation for the major
  • Minimum 3.5 overall grade point average
  • Minimum 3.5 overall grade point average in the major


Application Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year. A completed application must include all of the following materials before being considered for admission:

  • Statement of Purpose –No more than two pages in length. Statement of purpose should describe academic, and/or professional experience
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – Letters should be from UCLA faculty (professor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor emeritus). 
  • Writing Sample – A research paper or other writing sample that well demonstrates writing and analytical skills (10 pages maximum). The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to write professionally and clearly. For that reason, the writing sample should be written in English.
  • Transcript (can be unofficial)

For more information please contact:

Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256  Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Tel: 310-206-6571
idpgrads@international.ucla.edu

For general information on becoming a Departmental Scholar, or to see if other departments offer similar programs, please contact College Honors.

 

  

 

 Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates!

You are invited to join the
International Institute Virtual 
Commencement Celebration
!


Commencement is an occasion for you to be publicly recognized by the university and your friends & family for your scholastic achievement. And, until we can celebrate in person, the International Institute is planning to hold a virtual celebration to honor our graduating students.

The celebration website will include, among other things, congratulatory messages from Institute faculty and academic counselors, as well as the names of our graduating students by academic program (major, graduate program).


Students who are eligible to participate in the International Institute Commencement Celebration include recent degree candidates and degree recipients for the following undergraduate majors & graduate programs: African Studies, African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, International Development Studies, and Latin American Studies. 

Eligible students will be contacted shortly about their participation and recognition on the virtual celebration website.  Graduates will also be encouraged to submit photos and short videos reflecting their time as a UCLA student!

The celebration is scheduled to go live on Saturday, June 12 at 6:30pm*, and will be accessible through this website. Please join us then to celebrate our graduates!

*The celebration website will be available for viewing after this date, as well.

OTHER COMMENCEMENT RECOGNITION

UCLA is also planning to recognize the Class of 2021 at an in-person recognition ceremony in June. For more information, please click here.

In addition, the UCLA College of Letters and Science will be offering its own Virtual Commencement Celebration.  For information on that, please click here.

ACADEMIC COUNSELING

New advising services due to COVID-19, learn how to reach us remotely!

Virtual Advising is here! Make an appointment with Magda or Olivia.

Please note, our physical office spaces and phone lines are closed until further notice.


 

Magda Yamamoto

Graduate & Undergraduate Advising

idpgrads@international.ucla.edu (graduate students)

undergrads@international.ucla.edu (undergraduate students)

Bunche Hall 10256

Tel: (310) 206-6571

Appointment Hours: 10am-11am & 3pm-4pm

Schedule a Zoom appointment on my calendar HERE!

Olivia Gonzalez 

Undergraduate Advising

undergrads@international.ucla.edu (undergraduate students)

idpgrads@international.ucla.edu (graduate students)

Bunche Hall 10254

Tel: (310) 206-6571

Schedule a Zoom appointment on my calendar HERE!

 

 

Mailing Address:

Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


 

For other questions, please read the following information:

Questions about GE Requirements, unit max, petitions, readmission, etc.

College Academic Counseling (Zoom Drop-in Hours, Phone Appointments, and Message Center)

AAP Counseling - (Message Center, Zoom Appointments)

Honors  - (Email, Message Center) 

 

Questions about registration, fees, Spring classes, etc:

Registrar's Office - view FAQ's

 

Economic & Technological Resources:

Financial Assistance for Student Workers

Student Resources for Remote Learning

 

General Information from UCLA:

UCLA Newsroom Updates

Ashe Center

Updated 4/15/20