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International Students

MQE is committed to fostering a multicultural environment, creating a melting pot of traditions, languages, and perspectives and encouraging cross-cultural understanding and friendship. Students from all walks of life not only coexist but thrive in an atmosphere that encourages the exploration and appreciation of different cultures. Join us in embracing the global spirit that thrives at UCLA, where every student is not just part of a university but an integral member of the MQE family.

Join us in embracing the global spirit that thrives at UCLA, where every student is not just part of a university but an integral member of the MQE family.

When you join MQE, you join students from around the world including:

Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and more!

Why Choose MQE?

Hear from some of our current international students and alumni as to why they chose MQE.

Advice from our International Students & Alumni

Make sure to start applying for summer internships early on, before the start of the school year (July-August). Don't worry about not having experience in your applications yet, it is important to get applications in (use "Incoming MQE student at UCLA"). Note that there is no "Placement" here like in Indian colleges. Networking plays a big role in the US so you can start connecting with potential employers, school/college alumni in California/US through LinkedIn to build relationships. Learn how to cook (especially food/home remedies for when you fall sick!)

Tripti Agarwal, MQE '24 - India

Be prepared for the rigor; because UCLA follows the quarter system, things go super fast. Brush up on the fundamentals; Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics and Econometrics. Attend the summer boot camps! They were extremely helpful to review old and new topics. Talk to different people in class and even outside! Make friends from different departments and countries; it is always super helpful to get to know different people. Be proactive; since you are on your own path now and have to decide everything for yourself! Make sure you are making the best possible decision for yourself.

Pregya Vijayakumar, Current Student - India

Try to get a job on campus. That’s how you’ll get a SSN.

Hiba Farhan, Current Student - Pakistan

Be ready to come out of your comfort zone. Take responsibility of what [is] going to happen after the MQE.

Oscar Iroh, Current Student - Nigeria

I would recommend updating your programming skills, particularly in python, as this will be crucial. Get the most out of bootcamps. Get involved with applied projects from the beginning, since they serve as an approach to the work environment and tasks. Be attentive to the different initiatives offered by the university: there is a wide variety of sports and cultural options.

Santiago Naranjo Manosalva, MQE '24 - Colombia

Be bold and brave. Moving to a new city is scary but exciting. Be wise. UCLA gives many opportunities to enjoy, but also, the teachers are awesome and you can learn a lot if you commit to it.

Luis Zapata Bobadilla, Current Student - Peru

Actively participate in class discussions, attend office hours, and seek mentorship from faculty members. Attend networking events, join relevant student organizations, and connect with alumni. Develop effective time management skills to balance coursework, internships, and extracurricular activities. Workload here is structured a lot differently than Indian universities, and can seem really hectic at first, but effective strategies can help you stay on top and utilize all resources you have available. Utilize campus resources such as academic advisors, counseling services, and career centers.

Riya Nagarajan, Current Student - India

Start looking for internships from the beginning of the quarter. Brush up on important subjects like Econometrics, R etc. Explore beyond academics as well i.e. keep an open mind. Try to [get] accustomed [to] the studying style in the US. Network as much as possible.

Snehil Shandilya, MQE '24 - India

Chat up seniors. They can share how courses are structured and assessments you'll face. Ask for a packing list to dodge any last-minute scrambles. Participate in the boot camps. Attending these sessions is highly beneficial, particularly for those without prior coding experience. The quarter system moves fast, be ready to hit the ground running. Initiate the I-20 form application process early. For those considering university housing, early application is advisable. Seek guidance from university information sessions on reputable apartment hunting websites. Prioritize acquiring a US phone number and opening a bank account.

Oishika Kar, Current Student - India

Meet our International Alumni

Discover the diverse journeys of our MQE international alumni. Explore stories of individuals with backgrounds who may be similar to yours. If you envision a similar path, MQE might be the perfect fit for your aspirations.

Tanaporn Sriklay '22, Thailand

Photo of Tanporn Sriklay, MQE student

  • MQE Class of 2022
  • Current Role: Trade Officer, Ministry of Commerce
  • Undergraduate: Chulalongkorn University – Economics
  • Notable Achievements:
    • Co-authored paper on applying machine learning to the World Bank’s logistics performance index, applying knowledge of variable selection from MQE for developing the model in the paper
    • Current role at the Ministry of Commerce involves utilizing programming skills in R and Python to manage price data collection and enhance accuracy through semi-automated anomaly detection and correction
    • Presented article “Uncertainty Index: Predicting Indian Recessions and Analyzing Economic Implications” at the First Suvarnabhumi Institute of Technology National Conference 2023, which received outstanding recognition; research stemmed from International Finance course, which provided valuable insights and methodologies
Mitali Mane '23, India

Student presenting

  • MQE Class of 2023
  • Current Role: Data Analyst, Live Nation
  • Undergraduate: SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) – Economics
  • Summer Internship: Data Science Intern, Live Nation
Kian Tehranian '22, Iran

  • MQE Class of 2022
  • Current Role: Fixed Income Trader, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Undergraduate: Queen Mary University London – Finance & Investment
  • Summer Internship: Fixed Income Trader – Wealth Management, First Republic Bank
Shoko Irie '22, Japan

  • MQE Class of 2022
  • Current Role: Vice President, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Undergraduate: University of Tokyo – Economics
  • Background: Financial Services and Credit Analyst within the banking industry
Mariano José Gutiérrez Morales '22, Guatemala

  • MQE Class of 2022
  • Current Role: Economic Research, Central Bank of Guatemala
  • Undergraduate: University of San Carlos – Engineering
  • Why MQE: “[I wanted to] gain knowledge and experience in economic policy and macroeconomic issues.”
Markus Schwarz '20, Austria

  • MQE Class of 2020
  • Current Role: Finance PhD Candidate – University of St. Gallen
  • Undergraduate: Manhattanville University – Business Management & International Studies, minor Economics
  • Research Experience in the areas of Strategy and Leadership

A Day in the Life

What is a day in the life of an international student really like as a MQE student? No two days are the same, and you as you settle into life at UCLA, you will set up a schedule that works best for you. Take a look at a day in the life of Aakanksha Dutta as she navigates life on campus as well as building her professional development through networking. Aakanksha is a first year student who completed her undergraduate studies at Delhi University.