UCLA will resume in-person classes for Fall 2021. Check updates HERE. For virtual advising, please see our Advising tab.  




 Major Worksheet

Requirements as of Fall '20

Course Descriptions

IDS course descriptions

Degree Planner 

3 &  4-year 

Honors Track

IDS Senior Thesis


Enrollment Tips


Check both lists for approved courses 

DARS Courses       Additional Courses


Click HERE for past course offerings


Session A                    Session C

Travel Study                                    


Study abroad courses and UC/Non-UC courses

Petition for Committee Review


2021-22 IDS Unique Courses 

• All courses are also offered in the Summer. All restrictions and pre-requisites are lifted in Summer.
• If all 4 Core Classes are taken, one course can be used as Social & Critical Theory)

Subject to change

Fall 21 Winter 22 Spring 22

Hannah Appel

IDS 140
Alden Young
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS M150
Michael Ross
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 160
Patrick Heuveline

IDS 188
Alden Young
Research Methodology

Students must apply for
the major at the end of
this term

IDS 110
Jennifer Chun
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 130
Kevan Harris
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 191
Capstone seminar

IDS M120
Dan Posner
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 191-1
Jennifer Chun
Capstone Seminar

IDS 191-2
Kevan Harris
Capstone Seminar


Spend 3 quarters researching a topic on development 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!

Deadline: Monday of Week 2 of Fall Quarter



Zoe Reinecke, 2021 IDS Honors Alumna

Zoe Reinecke, 2021

Honors Thesis title: “Non-Governmental Organizational Responses to the Educational Needs of Refugees in Kenya During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Through her thesis, Zoe aimed to inform of ways in which policy can be leveraged to improve the educational experiences of refugees. Her best piece of advice is to go for it! She recommends finding a mentor you respect and who is invested in your research and your future. Read more here.



  • Be officially declared as an IDS major
  • Completion of any 2 core IDS courses: (IDS 110, M120, 130). Students may petition to apply with only 1 core course complete.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA for all upper division IDS courses
  • Thesis topic must be screened by IDS department before submission
  • Must have secured a faculty advisor
  • Submit the IDS Honors Application

*Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis


Design and conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty advisor culminating in an honors thesis. Application is due by Week 2 of Fall quarter (Winter and Spring applications are accepted by petition).

Guidelines & Application Form Honors Booklet



Past IDS Honors Thesis Titles   Past IDS Honors Theses





  1. Attend an online or/and in-person library research workshops/tutorials on narrowing down your topic, finding sources, organizing information, etc.
  2. Attend the mandatory Spring Undergraduate Research Workshop  and complete the worksheet to start narrowing down your topic and turning your topic into research questions!
  3. IDS Library Resource Guide: Find journals and sources for your thesis. Created by your librarian!

Click below to watch the recording of our 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Workshop!


Link to 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Workshop Recording


Click HERE to learn how to access UCLA Library resources during COVID-19. 


These are also available on the WI+RE website, and on the Library's YouTube channel!



Joan Hanawi, 2016 Activist Award Recipient

Note: You may apply to both categories but will only be awarded for one.

IDS Academic Award

One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior for exceptional academic achievement in the International Development Studies major.

Eligible applicants must be:

  1.  International Development Studies major (double majors are also eligible)
  2.  A senior graduating in any quarter of the 2021-2022 academic year, or Fall 2022
  3.  In good academic standing with overall GPA of 3.75 in upper-division major coursework

 Applicants must submit:

  1.  Brief application form (found below)
  2.  Resume
  3.  A writing sample (5 to 15 pages) on any issue in international development (can be from a past course)

Deadline: Monday, May 9th 2022 at 11:59 PM

Apply HERE


IDS Activist Award

One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior to recognize their outstanding commitment to making a difference on issues significant to international development through activism, service and leadership.

Eligible applicants must be:

  1.  International Development Studies major (double majors are also eligible)
  2.  A senior graduating in any quarter of the 2021-2022 academic year, or Fall 2022
  3.  In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in upper-division major coursework
  4.  Able to demonstrate, through their work in local, national, or international organizations, their commitment to making a difference on issues linked to international development

Applicants must submit:

  1.  Brief application form (found below);
  2.  Resume
  3.  An essay (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced) that describes previous work related to international development and plans after graduation: work may include campus organizations, internships, and volunteer or paid work either in the U.S. or abroad. See below for full prompt. 


ESSAY PROMPT: In no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, please describe previous work that clearly demonstrates your commitment to making an impact on issues significant to international development through activism, service, and/or leadership. Work may include engagement in campus organizations, internships, as well as volunteer or paid work either in the U.S. or abroad. Please include the nature of your participation, duration of activities, and reflect on what these experiences have meant to you personally, how they relate to IDS themes, and to your plans after graduation.

Deadline: Monday, May 9th, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Apply HERE

 UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) 

  • Summer, semester and year-long programs in 42 countries. Take a Virtual World Tour to explore available locations!
  • Many programs offer internships, research, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Financial Aid available.

Approval Process

Use database--->Email course descriptions for pre-approval--->Submit official petitions upon your return! See additional details below:


How to choose a program, petitioning process, courses and more!

See Fact Sheet here


Filter by country for sample EAP courses taken by  IDS students    

See Database here


Visit the UCLA International Education Office for a complete list of programs including summer programs.


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


All Regions



Program-Specific Aid

Students studying abroad through programs below are eligible for funding.

General Study Abroad Scholarship Sites

  • UCLA Summer Travel Study Scholarships & Other Scholarship Opportunities
  • UCLA Scholarship Resource Center-Study Abroad Scholarships
    Search for scholarships, grants, & fellowships. Located at 233 Covel Commons. For more information, call (310) 206-2875
  • Studyabroad.com
    Forum on Financial Aid-Sources and Tips for Study Abroad Funding
  • UCLA Career Center Lab & UCLA Library
    There are numerous books available that highlight financial aid for specific programs and destinations. Here are a few to look into:
    • Financial Aid for Study Abroad by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber.
    • Work, Study, Travel Abroad: The Whole World Handbook, Council on International Educational Exchange.
    • Financial aid for research and creative activities abroad, Reference Service Press.
    • Financial aid for study and training abroad, Reference Service Press.
    • Financial resources for international study: a guide for U.S. nationals, Institution of International Education.



UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Awards:

  • Travel Grants
    Funding for presenting a paper at a regional / national conference
  • UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
    2-quarter (Winter and Spring) research project / honors thesis
  • UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP)
    Completion of Honors Thesis or 199 project during senior year

Summer Research Opportunities


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:


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


Zoom meetings can be scheduled here. 

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). The celebration will also include a message from our 2021 International Institute Commencement Speaker, Joelle Gamble, International Development Studies ‘12. More information about Joelle and why she was selected as this year’s speaker can be found here.

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 have already been contacted about their participation and recognition on the virtual celebration website. If you have not yet been contacted about being recognized at the 2021 International Institute Commencement Celebration, but are seeking inclusion, please contact the Academic Counselor of your program without delay.

Graduates are also encouraged to submit photos and short videos reflecting their time as a UCLA student! Information about doing so can be obtained by contacting their Academic Counselor.

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.


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.

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Information on healthy and safety, campus life, nature of instruction, and more to help you navigate your UCLA experience.

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Meet your Major/Minor Advisors!

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

Virtual Advising

New advisor coming Fall 2021

Glbl St & IDS Advisor

Coming Soon!

In Person Advising


We can assist you with:

  • Thoughtful academic and professional planning
  • Exploration of research
  • Inspire internship opportunities and experiences abroad
  • Helping you connect your major to your career and personal goals
  • Clarifying the scope and requirements of the major or minor

Contact Us 

Please include your name and UID in all emails.

‚úČ idps@international.ucla.edu

    Bunche Hall 10270 & 10274**

    (310) 825-5187** 

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