Enrollment: Things to Know
Always Check Enrollment Restrictions for Classes - Students in International & Area Studies (I A STD) will need to follow enrollment policies of departments that offer the courses. Please note that most departments restrict enrollment during the first enrollment pass. I A STD majors/minors may be able to enroll in the courses during the second enrollment pass.

Spring 2022:

Additional Courses - LAS 


Do you have an Internship during the Spring or Summer?

International and Area Studies 195CE internship course is offered during the Spring and Summer.   Depending on the type of the internship, the course can be applied to the International and Area Studies major by petition to the chair.   


  • The internship has to have an international component
  • The internship must supervised
  • Students must intern 8-10 hours a week
  • Attend 5 bi-weekly meetings with a TA
  • Submit weekly response papers and a final research paper

Students enrolled in International and Area Studies 195CE during the Summer session may apply forMurel F. Siebert Scholarship. 


International and Area Studies 191
Schedule for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021
I A STD 191 sec. 1: China in World: Environment and Politics
Instructor: Bellette Lee

Winter 2022
I A STD 191 sec. 1: Chocolate in the Americas: Bittersweet Bliss 
Instructor: Bonnie Taub

Spring 2022

I A STD 191: TBD (Southeast Asia Focus)
Instructor: Patrick Heuveline

Students can submit a Petition to the Chair of Latin American Studies if they want to apply a course not included on the major worksheet. This may also include courses taken or to be taken abroad. Students must include the course syllabus with their petition.

** Please be aware that the petition may be denied and you will need to plan alternative coursework. **

Petition Form

Petition submissions will be checked at the end of each week. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the committee's decision.








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.



• Spend 3 quarters researching a topic 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!

ABOUTThe Departmental Honors program offers highly motivated students in Latin American Studies the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. The program consists of three courses — International and Area Studies 198A, 198B, 198C — culminating in an honors thesis.

Departmental Honors and Highest Honors are recorded on the final transcript and diploma after students successfully complete the program. Please see "Guidelines" below for official requirements.


To enter the departmental honors program, students must:

  • have completed all preparation for the major requirements with a 3.5 grade-point average,
  • have a 3.5 GPA in all upper division coursework for the major,
  • secure a faculty member to supervise their honors thesis, and
  • formally submit an application to the honors program.

*Students are encouraged to apply in the Spring of their Junior year to begin their thesis in the Fall. In some cases, students may begin their thesis mid-year. Please consult with an advisor regarding your options.




  1. If you have additional questions, consult with one of our advisors.
  2.  In Spring, attend our annual Research Workshop to prepare you to start your research in the Fall.
  3. Attend an online or in-person library research workshop/tutorial on narrowing down your topic, finding sources, organizing information, etc.
  4. Attend events during Undergraduate Research Week (annually in May) to gain inspiration from peers and learn about new opportunities with research.


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 2022 Graduates!

Commencement is an occasion for graduating students to be publicly recognized by the university (as well as their friends & family!) for their scholastic achievement. The International Institute will be hosting a ceremony to honor our own graduating students. Please join us!

The International Institute Commencement Ceremony will take place on: 

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Royce Hall

Students should arrive at Royce Hall no later than 5:45pm wearing their cap and gown.

For detailed information on eligibility, RSVPing, ticket ordering, diplomas, contact information, and much more, be sure to review the Commencement and Graduation FAQs.


Academic Programs & Contact Information


‡ Global Studies

‡ International Development Studies

§ African & Middle Eastern Studies

§ Asian Studies

§ European Studies

§ Latin American Studies



¤ African Studies M.A.

¤ East Asian Studies M.A.

¤ Latin American Studies M.A.



‡ Sandy Valdivieso, 10359 Bunche Hall, idps@international.ucla.edu

§ Magda Yamamoto, 10373 Bunche Hall, undergrads@international.ucla.edu

¤ Magda Yamamoto, 10373 Bunche Hall, idpgrads@international.ucla.edu





The UCLA College of Letters and Science will be recognizing the Class of 2022 in its own Commencement Ceremony, to which undergraduates are also welcome to participate in.  For information on that, please click here.


For Spring 2022 Quarter, we will be offering virtual and in-person advising support.

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, exploration of research, internship opportunities, and experiences abroad. 


Magda Yamamoto

Graduate &

Undergraduate Counselor

(On Leave)

  Olivia Gonzalez



(On Leave)


Jessica Peña


Undergraduate Advisor

We can assist you with:

  • Major, pre-major, and minor questions and petitions to declare (I A STD & Global Health)
  • Educational planning and course sequencing
  • Course petitions and substitutions
  • DARS updates for major/minor
  • Enrollment questions for I A STD and Global Health courses
  • Contract courses (I A STD 195CE & 198A/B/C, GH 199)
  • Exploration of research, Departmental Honors, internship/career opportunities, and study abroad
  • Graduation checks

Contact Us

Please include your name and UID in all emails. (Email us if you need accommodations for same day or outside office hours appointments)

Undergraduate Advising: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

 Graduate Advising: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu 

  Current UCLA students can make an advising appointment with Magda or Olivia at MY.UCLA APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER. If you're not a UCLA student, please e-mail us at the corresponding email as noted above. The appointment will be cancelled if you're not present (online or in person) within 5 minutes of the scheduled time.

  Bunche Hall 10256 & 10254 (10th floor)

    (310) 206-6571

Mailing Address:
Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

For other questions or concerns, please review the following information:

Refer to your main Counseling Unit for questions about GE/IGETC Requirements, Course Add/Drop Petitions, Degree Plan Contracts, College-specific requirements, Holds, Grad Checks, Academic Probation status, Readmission, etc.

Questions about registration, fees, classes, etc.

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