Effective Wednesday March 11, UCLA will suspend in-person classes and transition to online platforms through the end of Spring Quarter 2020. Winter Quarter final exams will be offered remotely. Check updates HERE.
For virtual advising, please see our "Advising" tab.
UPDATE: IDS major requirements have changed as of Winter 2020.
See for all preparation and upper
See for descriptions of all IDS
IDS 3-year and 4-year
SPRING 2020 COURSES
Check both lists for approved courses for Fall
DARS Courses Additional Courses
Click HERE for past course offerings
SUMMER 2020 COURSES
Session A Session C
Study abroad courses and UC/Non-UC courses
Petition for Committee Review
2019 - 20 CORE COURSES
All courses are also offered in the Summer. All restrictions and pre-requisites are lifted in the Summer
Fall: Harris, K.
Winter: Ross, M.
Spring: Chun, J.
*new class, requirement pending
Spring: Fuentes, L. - Research Methodology
Welcome, 2019-20 Honors Students!
Honors Students presenting at 6th Annual Going Global Conference
Want to do research on an international development topic you’re passionate about? Graduate with departmental honors? Be more competitive for graduate school and the job market?
Apply now to start your project during Winter 2020!
APPLICATION FORM AND GUIDELINES
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).
*Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis
SELECTED THESIS TITLES
Past IDS Honors Thesis Titles
Past IDS Honors Theses
College Inquiry Labs, CPO Writing Success Program, Undergraduate Writing Center, Undergraduate Research Center, Statistical Consulting Center (undergraduates must have written approval from a faculty advisor to receive help at the SCC), UCLA Library Cornerstone Research Workshops
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:
Applicants must submit:
Deadline: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM
IDS Activist Award
One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior to recognize his/her outstanding commitment to making a difference on issues significant to international development through activism, service and leadership.
Eligible applicants must be:
Applicants must submit:
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.
*Activist Award Recipients will be required to present on their work at the UCLA Going Global Conference on Friday, April 19, 2019
UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)
1. Review your remaining UCLA degree requirements.
2. Choose a location. If you choose an EAP program, browse the program's catalog to search for courses you think are comparable to your degree requirements. You can also use the database below for pre-approved EAP classes that satisfy IDS requirements.
3. Email course descriptions to your major/minor advising office for pre-approval.
4. Submit official petitions upon your return (courses must be at least 4 units, Upper Division).
See our Study Abroad for IDS Majors fact sheet!
IDS PRE-APPROVED EAP COURSES
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.
Find more UCLA student groups HERE
Students studying abroad through the programs listed below are eligible for funding.
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Awards:
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:
Applications are accepted throughout the year. A completed application must include all of the following materials before being considered for admission:
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
For general information on becoming a Departmental Scholar, or to see if other departments offer similar programs, please contact College Honors.
The 2020 International Institute Commencement Ceremony will take place on
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Much more information about the event (including how to RSVP and order guest tickets!) will be posted here when available, so do check back periodically.
Due to the state mandate of "Safe at Home," we are transitioning to Virtual Advising Hours via Zoom. Click on the links below to make an appointment at least 5 hours in advance.
NEW HOURS (subject to change)
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Speak with Sandy or Karen
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. We are committed to fostering growth, enthusiasm and pride for our International Institute majors and minors in addition to empowering our students to draw connections between their UCLA experience and their personal and professional ambitions. 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.
We can assist you with:
Virtual advising hours: Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Fri: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
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NOTE: We will not be in our physical offices until further notice.
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