Please review the International Migration Studies Minor Worksheet for all requirements for the minor, as well as the Course Descriptions to get a good sense of the scope of the coursework:

International Migration Studies Minor Worksheet
International Migration Studies Course Descriptions

For a list of approved courses not listed on the minor worksheet, please review the Additional Courses list, updated quarterly:

**Additional Courses**

To see if a course not already approved for the International Migration Studies minor can apply towards requirements, you must submit a Petition for Chair Review:

Petition for Chair Review


Application: Students are expected to apply to the International Migration Studies minor no later than the Spring Quarter of their Junior Year. 

Core Course: Students are highly encouraged to take either core course (Sociology 151 or Sociology 152) prior to or concurrent with applying to the International Migration Studies minor.  Students who take both Sociology 151 and Sociology 152 may apply one toward the elective requirement.

Elective Courses: Students may take elective courses either prior to or after acceptance to the International Migration Studies minor.  Note that most upper division courses have enrollment restrictions (generally limiting enrollment for that department’s own majors) on first pass, but check on second pass if enrollment restrictions have been lifted!  Note that a maximum of two courses from any single department is allowed.

I M Std 155: Student accepted to the International Migration Studies minor are expected to enroll in I M Std 155 (Theory, Research, and Methods in the Study of International Migration) during the Fall Quarter of their Senior Year.  The course is limited to declared International Migration Studies minors only.

I M Std 199: International Migration Studies minors are expected to enroll in I M Std 199 (Directed Individual Research in International Migration Studies) at the end of their undergraduate academic career.  The goal of the course is to write a thesis on a particular topic related to international migration of your interest of approximately 30 pages in length.  Be sure to review the I M Std 199 - Thesis Guidelines!



All courses used towards the International Migration Studies minor must be taken for a letter grade. The minimum letter grade for each course is a C.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Students must apply for the International Migration Studies minor. Once accepted, students must request that the minor be added to their academic records.

Students are encouraged to enroll in I M Std 193 (Colloquia and Speaker Series), when offered. The 2 unit course may be repeated for credit. This course provides an introduction to current scholarship in the field of international migration through attendance at events sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration and the writing up of short response papers. Please note: Students who take I M Std 193 twice (in Winter and Spring, for example) may use the 4 total units towards one elective for the minor.


To see if a course not already approved for the International Migration Studies minor can apply towards requirements, you must submit a Petition for Chair Review:

Petition for Chair Review









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. 





-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.



 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.




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


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.



Gaby Solomon-Dorian, Director of Student Affairs
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs

  • Have a question about the International Migration Studies minor? Send your inquiry to, and please be sure to include your UID# in all correspondence.

  • Want to get in person advising? Note that in person advising is available by appointment only! To make an appointment, simply send an email to Please include your UID#, as well as your schedule of availability for the next few days. You will receive an email confirmation as to your appointment day/time. Note that academic counseling is available for UCLA students only. Non-UCLA students may refer to the Admissions & Transfer Student Information link for information on UCLA requirements.

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