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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the International Studies Program at UC San Diego.  We welcome talented prospective students from across the nation and around the world.  Our program challenges students to explore the processes and consequences of interactions among institutions and individuals at the international and national, and global and local levels. The curriculum provides students with both a firm grounding in academic disciplines and the intellectual flexibility to reason through the diversity of interests behind human actions.  Information on how prospective students can prepare for the major is provided below.

Undergraduate Admissions

UC San Diego’s Admissions Office handles undergraduate admissions for both freshmen and transfer students.  Students interested in majoring in International Studies or pursuing our combined Bachelor/Master Program must first be admitted to UCSD as an undergraduate student.

Freshman Preparation

Language Requirement

Students majoring in International Studies are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a foreign language.  There are many ways in which to complete the requirement for the International Studies major and minor prior to matriculation to UCSD.  Click here to learn more about the language requirement.

For students interested in International Studies - Economics as a disciplinary focus, students can prepare by taking high school AP courses and community college courses in economics and math.

  • Economics Courses:
    • ECON 1.  Microeconomics at UCSD: Score of 5 on the AP Microeconomics Exam
    • ECON 3.  Macroeconomics at UCSD: Score of 5 on the AP Macroeconomics Exam
  • Math Courses:
    • Take courses that will prepare you for college calculus (Calculus - MATH 10A-B-C or 20A-B-C)
    • Check with the Math Department for AP Calculus Equivalencies
  • Many community colleges offer courses equivalent to lower division economics and math courses
    • Check articulations through ASSIST.org for California Community College transfer course equivalencies

Transfer Preparation

IGETC Certification

Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is strongly recommended for all students transferring from a California community college.  This curriculum will serve to clear most general education requirements for incoming transfer students, leaving one to eight (1-8) general education courses depending on which of the six UCSD colleges the student is admitted into.

Language Requirement

Students majoring in International Studies are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a foreign language.  There are many ways in which to complete the requirement for the International Studies major and minor prior to matriculation to UCSD.  Click here to learn more about the language requirement.

For students interested in International Studies - Economics as a disciplinary focus, students can prepare by taking high school AP courses and community college courses in economics and math.

  • Economics Courses:
    • ECON 1 – Microeconomics at UCSD: Score of 5 on the AP Microeconomics Exam 
    • ECON 3 – Macroeconomics at UCSD: Score of 5 on the AP Macroeconomics Exam
  • Math Courses:
    • Take courses that will prepare you for college calculus (Calculus - MATH 10A-B-C or 20A-B-C)
    • Check with the Math Department for AP Calculus Equivalencies
  • Many community colleges offer courses equivalent to lower division economics and math courses
    • Check articulations through ASSIST.org for California Community College transfer course equivalencies