All visa procedures are handled by the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars. Please note that international applicants do not need to submit a Confidential Financial Statement with their application. International applicants whose first language is not English must certify their proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and, if admitted, upon arrival. English language requirements are available at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/ENGREQ.HTM. You can find more information at http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu/home/NewF1/128/129/I20Grad.
Unfortunately UCLA has only a limited number of fellowships and assistantships for which non-U.S. graduate students are eligible. These are awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement in their studies on this campus. International students at UCLA are not eligible for support based solely on need. Therefore, international students are strongly advised to secure funds from their own sources.
The Department of Urban Planning provides merit-based funding only to the top applicants. Because UCLA is a state-funded university with very limited fellowship funds, it is rarely possible for us to provide international students with full funding. If your application is ranked among the top of our applicants, we may award you partial funding. Unfortunately if you are not able to find the balance of your funds from other sources, it is unlikely that you would be issued with a visa. (There are sometimes some research assistant positions available, but the faculty are not able to guarantee these positions in advance and they are not normally allocated until students arrive here.)
Currently, living expenses for the Academic Year of 2011-2012 at UCLA are:
Therefore, you need to prove that you will have at least US$53,251 at your disposal for the first year MURP ($49,946 for PhD). If you plan to bring your family, you should expect to add the following costs: US$4,500 for your spouse, plus US$2,000 for each child. Health insurance is mandatory and is included in the above figure for tuition and fees. Please note that these figures are subject to change without notice.
Prospective international graduate students should explore every available source of funding. Check with your undergraduate institution as your first step. The following list provides an overview of possible sources of funds:
Educational Advising Center
General information on scholarship and other awards can be obtained from the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, or from the cultural affairs officer of the United States Information Agency Office nearest your residence.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
For candidates from Latin America, Jamaica, and Africa your local office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) may be able to give support for international air travel. To find out this address you can contact the IOM in Washington D.C.: International Organization of Migration, 1750 K Street, Suite 1110,Washington, DC 20006, Tel:(202)862-1826 Fax:(202)862-1879.
Fulbright Scholarship Program
Enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States. Some scholarships are renewed after the initial year of study.
Open Society Fellowships Program (Soros Foundation)
Grant awards are based on specific projects. For their general guidelines, please look at their web site or write to: OSI Fellowships Program, Open Society Institute, 400 West 59th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019.
The Commonwealth Fund of New York, The Harkness Fellowships
Possible funder for citizens of Australia, U.K., New Zealand (deadline August, September, October; one year turn around) For application information, please write to: n Great Britain: 28 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EG; In Australia: Mr. Roger D.B. Beale Department of Transport and Communications GPO Box 594 Canberra ACT 2601; In New Zealand: Mr. R.E.W. Elliott 15 City View Road Habourview Lower Hutt New Zealand.
The Canada Council
Canada Council Killam Research Fellowships to provide released time to an individual scholar to pursue independent research. Killam Program The Canada Council 99 Metcalfe Street P.O. Box 1047 Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1P 5V8.
Australian Research Council
Research Development Section ARC Fellowships Program GPO Box 9880 Canberra ACT 2601
Denmark-Amerika Foundet, Dr. Tvaergade 44, 1302 Copenhagen K., Denmark Suomi-Amerika Yhdistysten Liitto, Mechelininkatu 10, SF-001 Helsinki, Finland Islenzk-Amerika Felagid, P.O. Box 7051, Reykyavik, Iceland Norse-America Foreningen, Drammensveien 20 C, 0255 Oslo 2, Norway Sverige-Amerika Stiftelsen, Box 5280, S-102 46, Stockholm, Sweden.
American Association of University Women
AAUW International Fellowships 1111 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036.
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Internationalist Fellowships (Celanese Canada) 220 Laurier W/O, Suite 1100, Ottawa, Ont., Canada K1P 5Z9 Tel: (613) 237-4820 Fax: (613) 237-1073 Internet:email@example.com Contact: Jennifer Humphries, Director.