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From UCLA to Tibet, geology doctoral candidate Abijah Simon makes an impact
Simon, who has mapped more of the eastern Tibetan plateau than any other American geologist, has followed in the footsteps of her mentor, the late UCLA Distinguished Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Science An Yin -- including her leadership of the annual UCLA Exploring Your Universe K–12 science fair.
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Kaya Mentesoglu’s technological creativity helps UCLA map its global impact
Among many other projects, Kaya Mentesoglu — IT director of the UCLA International Institute for the last 22 years — leads a team in building a data warehouse that documents UCLA's reach and impact as a global university.
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UCLA Global Advisors Council
The UCLA Global Advisors Council (GAC) was created in early 2024 to guide UCLA in expanding its reach as a global university — one of the five major goals of UCLA’s 2023–28 Strategic Plan. The 21-member council held its first meeting in early March 2024 and now meets on a monthly basis.


Impact Stories

Truly Global Behavior: Discovering Cross-Cultural Similarities in Social Interactions
World map showing locations of data collection for the eight cultures involved in the study of small requests. (Credit: Satellite composition of the Earth's surface by NASA.)

Truly Global Behavior: Discovering Cross-Cultural Similarities in Social Interactions

Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Giovanni Rossi and an international team of researchers are studying social interactions across cultures worldwide.
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Project Highlights

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Narrativity in the Opera Sadko
UCLA lecturer Jeffrey Riggs explores Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's use of narrative strategies through diegetic song in his flagship opera, Sadko.
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Preserving Indigenous Siberian Voices
The Modern Endangered Archives Program of UCLA Library funds this new effort in digitizing, contextualizing, and sharing tape recordings of indigenous people of the North.
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Exploring Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Studies
Every year, the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies hosts a core conference program on various topics in history, ranging from ephemeral architecture to imperialism.


Global Collaboration

UCLA’s global mission focuses on developing new knowledge and understanding of a world that is increasingly diverse and interconnected, preparing our students for this complex world, and fulfilling our public mission across borders.
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Indonesia Supreme Court, Research, Development And Training Center
UCLA COUNTERPART Center for South East Asian Studies Agreement Type: Non-Binding MOU
Country: Indonesia
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Hospital Arco Iris,
UCLA COUNTERPART David Geffen School of Medicine; Global Health Agreement Type: Affiliation
Country: Bolivia
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School Of Medicine University Of Nairobi
UCLA COUNTERPART David Geffen School of Medicine Agreement Type: Affiliation
Country: Kenya
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The Institute educates students about the world and serves as a campus and community resource.
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This site contains interactive maps and country data pertaining to UCLA's international students, visitors, partnerships, projects/programs and study abroad.
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Visitors and Dignitaries

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Women And Entrepreneurship: A Regional Project For Africa
DELEGATION 10 members
Visit Date: 06/30/2023
Ghana, Haiti, Lesotho, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda
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Lgbtqi+ Policies And Implementation In The United States: A Project For Vietnam
DELEGATION 5 members
Visit Date: 11/20/2023
Viet Nam
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U.S. Stem Schools And Ap Curriculum: A Project For Thailand
DELEGATION 6 members
Visit Date: 10/02/2023
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Navigate International Offices @

UCLA Campus

For students seeking support regarding international opportunities at UCLA, whether it be studying abroad or navigating international admissions, numerous dedicated services are available.
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Are you a UCLA student looking to study abroad?

The International Education Office (IEO) at UCLA enriches students' education by offering various services, including:

Study abroad program advising
Scholarship information
Pre-departure orientations and safety workshops
Pre-recorded webinars about studying abroad
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Are you an international student at UCLA looking for resources?

The UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars provides comprehensive support to the international community on campus, including:

Visa and immigration assistance
Cross-cultural learning programs
Academic resources and workshops
Social events and networking opportunities
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Global Projects and Programs @

UCLA Library

UCLA Library drives initiatives to digitize, preserve, and provide public access to primary resources worldwide in over 26 languages. The Library has 28 partners in 22 countries and four national library partners.
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Research Guides
The UCLA Library maintains research guides for faculty, staff, and students, providing resources to learn more about global cultures and regions. These range from ancient text databases to digital libraries from other countries. You may browse by subject or by librarian to find the most relevant resources.
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Modern Endangered Archives Program
The UCLA Library digitizes and enables access to at-risk cultural heritage collections from around the world, ranging from manuscripts to audio recordings. (Above: A letter from Notes, Letters, Diaries, Posters, and Pamphlets: Narrating Ideas of Indigeneity in Jharkhand, India).
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Digital Collections
UCLA Library maintains rare and unique digital materials in its Digital Collections, open to the public. Often, these materials are from abroad or acquired through collaboration with foreign institutions. (Above: An original negative taken at the 1 May 1964 parade from the Albanian Photographic and Graphic Art Collection).

As a land grant institution, the International Institute at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, Southern Channel Islands).

Equity, diversity and inclusion are essential values of the UCLA International Institute. These professed ideals enable us to provide the kind of broad, global, multicultural educational experience central to the Institute’s academic programs. We welcome faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and want everyone at the Institute to feel respected and valued. We are committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion for our students, staff and faculty in our academic programs and centers, as well as on our campus.

The Institute is proud of its over 60-year legacy in preparing individuals who have gone on to make contributions to the business, nonprofit, government and education sectors. As a gateway to the world for the campus and the greater Los Angeles community, the Institute considers equity, diversity and inclusion essential to its mission of educating global citizens and preparing them for a multicultural world and collaborative problem solving.

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