In addition, each of its individual centers creates networks of research scholars across the campus, the nation, and the world. Both the UCLA International Institute and its centers support cutting-edge research via graduate student fellowships; language study scholarships; faculty grants; and funding for conferences, publications, and collaborative research projects.
Across campus, the Institute is uniquely positioned to bring together departments and centers to foster collaborative research and debate on issues such as climate change, public health threats, international conflicts, and migration.
The multiethnic population and economic interests of Los Angeles connect it closely to the countries of the Pacific Rim and Latin America, as well as those of the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Through some 500 annual public lectures, symposia, conferences, and cultural events, the UCLA International Institute serves as a first‐class resource not only for the campus, but for the global city of Los Angeles and its residents.
The breadth and depth of its research interests make the Institute a valuable partner for its home city — LA’s multiethnic population and economic interests connect it closely to the countries of the Pacific Rim and Latin America, as well as those of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
The UCLA International Institute educates students, supports scholarship on the world at UCLA and serves as a campus and community resource.
With a history dating back to 1958, the Institute is the central hub for global and area studies on campus.
Its more than 25 centers and programs support innovative multidisciplinary research on specific world regions and pressing global issues; its rigorous academic degree programs promote the study of globalization, international development, global health, and diverse regions of the world. The Institute’s wide variety of interdisciplinary academic programs offer six undergraduate majors, nine undergraduate minors, and three graduate programs.
Together, they enroll nearly 1,000 students each year.
UCLA International Institute alumni — some of whom go on to pursue advanced research and professional degrees — work in the education, government, nonprofit, and business sectors of countries all over the world.
The internationally renowned faculty who serve as directors of the Institute's centers — and as chairs and professors of its academic programs — hold appointments throughout UCLA’s College of Letters and Science and professional schools.
These faculty frequently enrich the Institute’s global and regional course offerings by leading travel study and education abroad programs.
To sustain the expertise that makes UCLA a leader in scholarship on the world, the International Institute actively recruits and helps fund faculty who specialize in international studies and supports advanced language classes and courses on specific world regions and topics.