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
* 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.
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.
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:
WELCOME TO UCLA!
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.
FUTURE UCLA APPLICANTS
In addition to reviewing Assist.org and UCLA's Admissions page make sure to review our website for additional major information. Please remember:
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.
CURRENT UCLA TRANSFER STUDENTS
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:
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.
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