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Nutrition education seminar in Bandarkharka, Nepal

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Tallinn Old Town (Toompea)

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Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Featured Alumni
  • Nebila Abdulmelik

    MA '07

  • Nicole Abeckett

    BA '03

  • John Arboleda

    BA '96

  • Natalya Berenshteyn

    BA '07

  • Tiffany Cantrell-Warren

    BA '06, MA '16

  • Rafael Cardona

    BA '96

  • Sarah Chenault

    MA '11

  • Aerin Cho

    BA '08

  • Cecily Couture

    BA '06

  • Karla Galdamez

    MA '03

  • Alejandro Garcia

    BA '11

  • Gayle Gienger

    BA '03

  • Kimberly Grano

    BA '15

  • Kaitlin Highstreet

    BA '15

  • Zachary Jarvinen

    BA '06

  • Kristin Kalla

    MA '92

  • Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou Kim

    BA '11, MA '14

  • Nancy Knowles

    BA '90

  • Tanya Lara

    BA '07

  • J. Eric Lomeli

    BA '00, MA '02

  • Emily Marsh

    BA '09

  • Angela Mc Duffie

    BA '10

  • Laurel McAndrews

    BA '07

  • Ray Minjares

    BA '02

  • Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

  • Conor Moore

    BA '10

  • Ben Moore

    BA '10

  • Gael Murphy

    MA '82

  • Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

  • Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

Declaring the major

(African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies)

Declaring International & Area Studies Major

Students can declare one of the International & Area Studies majors - African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies- only after they complete all preparation courses with a minimum UC GPA of 2.00.  

Completion of level 3 of the foreign language is acceptable when declaring the major.  Level 6 of the foreign language is required to complete all preparation requirements, but can be taken once accepted to the major.  The minimum prep GPA of 2.00 must be maintained even after this course is completed.


Incoming UCLA Students

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may enter UCLA as an International & Area Studies Pre-Major (pre-African & Middle Eastern Studies, pre-Asian Studies, pre-European Studies, pre-Latin American Studies).

Transfer students interested in an International & Area Studies Program major should complete as many preparation courses prior to coming to UCLA as possible, leaving only I A Std 1 to be taken at UCLA during the Fall Quarter of their Junior Year (unless taken during a prior summer term at UCLA).

If you would like to verify that the courses you have taken are applied to the preparation requirements correctly, please feel free to have your DARS modeled for the particular International & Area Studies IDP major at your College Counseling Unit.

Note: If you have completed any preparation coursework outside of UCLA prior to the application period, you must ensure that this coursework posts to your DARS. Please contact the UCLA Admissions Office if any non-UCLA coursework is still pending. 

Students can request declaring the major  by clicking on one of the options below.  Requests are accepted at the end of each quarter after all the preparation courses for the major and the elementary level of the foreign language have been completed.  Note that students have to maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 UC to be in good standing.   All the grades must be posted before submitting the request to declare the major.  


Apply for Asian Studies Major

Apply for African and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) Major

Apply for European Studies Major

Apply for Latin American Studies Major

Any additional questions may be directed to the Academic Counseling Office in Bunche 10373.


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