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The UCDC Program is a quarter-long scholar-intern program for all students within the UC system.  Students intern part-time or full-time while taking one or two classes and living in Washington DC.  At UCSD, the UCDC program is administratively run by the Academic Internship Program at UCSD.

UCDC Program Information:

How to earn International Studies major credit through participation in the UCDC Program:
The UCDC program gives participating students 3 options for enrollment.

  • Research Seminar - students will learn how to write a substantial research paper
  • Internship - is coupled with the research seminar
  • Elective course - topics vary by quarter and professor

The International Studies Program allows students to earn credit for 2 out of the 3 course options listed above.  The following guidelines must be met in order for the International Studies Program to consider granting course credit:

Course credit for the Elective course:

  • Courses must be pre-approved - this initial review does not guarantee course credit.  Courses must have at least 50% international content and is at least 4 UC upper-division quarter units.

    • Students should submit a VAC message to the International Studies advisors to obtain pre-approval for courses.  Please include the course title and description of course content.
    • Topic must match student’s disciplinary focus, or can opt to have the course count towards the interdisciplinary elective requirement.
    • After completion, a formal undergraduate student petition must be submitted along with supporting materials of course syllabus, course work, class notes, and assignments.  Petitions will then be evaluated by the ISP Director.

Course credit for the Research Seminar & Internship:

  • Please note that students will only earn ONE course credit for BOTH the research seminar and internship.
  • The research seminar and internship work together to produce ONE piece of scholarly work, the research paper; therefore, students will only be able to petition one of these as a course towards the major.

Research Paper:

  • Research topic must be pre-approved – this initial review does not guarantee course credit.  The topic of research paper and internship have at least 50% international content.

    • The completed paper must be at least 4,500 words, 1 inch margins, 12 point font (bibliography and charts/graphs NOT included in page count).
    • Sources: Include and cite academic sources from books, journal articles, etc. (do not only use internet sources).
    • After completion of courses, a formal undergraduate student petition must be submitted along with supporting materials of course syllabus, course work, class notes, and assignments.  Petitions will then be evaluated by the ISP Director. 
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