Incoming Transfer Students

Pre-International Development Studies transfers MUST submit an application in Fall to be IDS. Other majors are also welcome to apply. See our "Transfer Students" tab for more information.



Application Requirements (Fall Only)

Sophomore and Juniors are eligible to apply. Seniors may apply on a case-by-case basis*.

By the END of FALL

  •  Preparation courses (may be in progress in the Fall) completed with a minimum UC GPA in these courses of 2.0
  • Foreign language: (may be in progress in the Fall). Level 3, equivalent to 3 quarters at UCLA. (Sophomore applicants are exempt from this requirement)**
  • Application: submit by the Fall deadline.

* Seniors must meet with IDS advisor for approval prior to applying. They are highly encouraged to complete IDS 1 and all preps by end of summer
Level 6 (or Spanish 5) of foreign language is required for graduation, but can be done once accepted to the major.  Language can be satisfied via placement exam or native proficiency. Please
 fill out this form to notify us if you have taken a placement exam.


Admission Criteria

  • Preparatory GPA (minimum 2.0). The average prep GPA for the 2020-21 period was 3.5, and the admission rate was 91%.  High GPA does not guarantee acceptance to the major, as the statement is equally important.  
  • Statement of Interest: review our FAQ tab for more details on how to write an effective statement. 

Backup major in the event they are not accepted to the IDS major, students may consider: International Area Studies (African & Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies), Anthropology, Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature, English, History, Geography, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Afro-American Studies, Spanish to name a few.



2021-2022 APPLICATION 

Application opens November 5th-24th 2021

2020-21 Application is now closed

Notifications: sent via email within the first two weeks of Winter Quarter. Students should constantly check their inboxes and spam boxes during Weeks 1 and 2 of Winter for their decision email. Please refrain from inquiring about your application status before Friday of Week 2.

IMPORTANT: Before you start the application, model your DARS for IDS and check that all preps for IDS are showing up in the correct fields. If they are not, please contact the IDS Advising Office.

The online application will prompt students to include following information:

  • Backup major 
  • Short Statement of Interest: Why are you interested in pursuing the IDS major? Tips and additional instructions can be found on our FAQ page.
  • Relevant experience: What experiences have you had related to international development? (extra-curricular activities, research experiences, study abroad, etc.)




 UCLA admitted transfer students declared under ANY major are eligible to apply to IDS, however, pre-IDS students will have priority over students planning to switch or add IDS as a double major.

  • Incoming transfers must apply Fall of their junior year (your first quarter at UCLA). Application details are available under the "Applying" tab.
  • Sign up for summer orientation and request to attend the IDS Departmental counseling session.  Please email us if you can't attend orientation at


In addition to reviewing and UCLA's Admissions page make sure to review our website for additional major information. Please remember:

  • You will have to submit a supplemental application to be admitted to the IDS major after your are admitted to UCLA
  • You may complete the foreign language requirement (intermediate level) at UCLA via placement exam (if available) or appropriate coursework, or abroad.


If you hold an F1 visa and attended high school where instruction was not in English, the IDS foreign language requirement may be waived. Please check with your IDS counselor. 



Please review the Transfer Student Handbook and let us know if you have questions!


 Also, don't forget to visit the Transfer Student Center.

Click below to meet with an IDS advisor! Please note: questions about course transferability will only be addressed once transcripts are posted.

The IDS Major at UCLA requires students to complete the intermediate level of a foreign language. For Spanish, completion of Spanish 5 is acceptable.


You may be exempted from the Foreign Language requirement for the following reasons:

  • Completion of a Language Placement Test. Placement Tests are offered through a language's respective department (i.e. Department of Asian Language & Cultures). You must take the Placement Test, not the Exemption Test, for the major. *Note: successful completion of the Exemption Test will only waive the requirement for the College Foreign Language requirement, which equates to one year of the elementary year. For clarification, please contact our Advising Office.

  • AP Test credit can be accepted depending on the AP score. Please contact our Advising Office.

  • Students with an F1 visa who attended a high school where the primary language of instruction was not English may be exempt. International Students from a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking country may be exempt. Please contact our Advising Office.

When applying to the IDS major, completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable (i.e. Spanish 3). *Sophomore applicants are exempted from this requirement. 

Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language must be completed by graduation in order to fulfill all major requirements.

International Institute Events

Attend numerous events on specific world regions and pressing global issues. For upcoming International Institute Events, visit the Event Calendar. 


 Event Calendar


International Institute Open House

International Institute Career Panel

International Student Ambassadors

Are you an international student majoring or minoring in an International Institute program? Connect with our International Student Ambassadors (ISA) for any international or academic questions! Throughout the academic year, our ISAs will plan events and connect with students through office hours and social media.


Learn more

2020 - 21 Ambassadors 

Esther Li

Asian Studies

Alex Kang

Global Studies

Recommended Campus Groups

  • Global Development Lab - Equips students with skills and resources necessary to foster global development initiatives.
  • GlobeMed at UCLA  - Promoting global health equity through partnerships and sustainability.

       Find more UCLA student groups HERE

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We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops and events that focus on academic and professional planning, inspire exploration of research, internship opportunities and experiences abroad. Our ultimate goal is to encourage our students to make a positive impact in the world both during and after their college careers as informed and responsible global citizens.



Global Studies & IDS Advisor Sandy Valdivieso

Sandy Valdivieso

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New advisor coming Fall 2021

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We can assist you with:

  • Thoughtful academic and professional planning
  • Exploration of research
  • Inspire internship opportunities and experiences abroad
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  • Clarifying the scope and requirements of the major or minor

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