Makenna Breitenfeld, Ireland

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Advising Options

» Drop-In Advising vs. Appointments




» Academic Advising








» Financial Aid





» Program Exploration

If you’re just beginning the journey to study abroad, sign into SlugsAbroad to complete your Study Abroad Profile. Your Study Abroad Profile is required before you can apply to a study abroad program or request an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.

Expect to spend 20-30 minutes completing your profile. The profile will cover the following important information that will help you navigate the study abroad process and assist your Study Abroad Advisor in determining how best to support you:

  • Student Information
  • Identity
  • Academics
  • Finances
  • Types of Programs
  • Next Steps
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Drop-In Advising vs. Appointments

You must complete your Study Abroad Profile before you can come to drop-in advising or make an appointment.

Tuesday afternoon drop-in hours will not take place during the summer, effective June 17, 2019, and will restart October 8th, 2019. If you are interested in speaking with an advisor during the summer, request an appointment.

Tuesday afternoon drop-in advising: Drop-in advising sessions are brief. Do not expect to spend more than 10-15 minutes with an advisor. Topics and questions appropriate for drop-in advising include:

  • Deciding between study abroad program options
  • Application help
  • Clarification on eligibility criteria
  • Explanation of program costs

Appointments: Advising appointments can be up to 20-30 minutes and can cover a variety of topics including:

  • In-depth country advising
  • Application follow-up
  • Confidential issues regarding your participation

To request an appointment, call the Global Engagement front desk at (831) 459-2858 or email Include the following information:

  1. Your full name
  2. Student ID number
  3. The country and/or name of the UCSC Faculty-Led program, UCSC Exchange program, UCEAP program, or UC study abroad program you are applying to or will be participating on.
  4. Anticipated term you will participate
  5. Reason(s) for appointment

Questions can also be emailed to and an advising staff member will respond within 2-3 business days. Include your name and student ID number in all email correspondence.

Financial Aid Advising

Your Study Abroad Profile will provide you information about Financial Aid. After you complete your Study Abroad Profile, you can then request an estimate on how much financial aid you can expect to receive for a particular program. Remember that all programs have different costs, so decide on your program or a couple that you are interested in, and then request a financial aid estimate. Visit the Get a Financial Aid Estimate page to learn about requesting information from a Financial Aid Advisor.

Financial Aid Drop-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 PM*

*No drop-in advising the first two weeks of the quarter

Academic Advising

Satisfying Major Requirements Abroad

Speak with your major/minor advisor to determine if and how the courses you complete while abroad may be approved for your department and how to best fit study abroad into your academic plan. Your major, not UCSC Study Abroad, has final approval over which, if any, study abroad courses may be used to satisfy department requirements.

Satisfying General Education (GE) Requirements Abroad

In order to receive GE credit for coursework completed abroad, your courses must be reviewed for eligibility by the Office of Admissions. Prior to departure, you can request pre-approval by completing an online proposed program evaluation through the Office of Admissions. Allow up to 6 weeks for your request to be reviewed – start early! If your academic plan relies on satisfying specific GEs while abroad, it is STRONGLY recommended you request pre-approval rather than assume your courses will count toward your GEs. Not all courses are eligible to satisfy GE requirements and some UCSC GE requirements must be completed at UCSC. To learn more about GE requirements, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

After you return from abroad and after your courses have been added to your transcript, you can submit a review of transfer credit online to request your pre-approved GE be applied to your course.

Program Exploration Workshops

Students who need assistance in narrowing down a program are encouraged to attend a Program Exploration Session to explore their program options! Offered on a regular basis Fall/Winter/Spring, these sessions pair students with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor who give one-on-one assistance in narrowing down programs. Participants will discover their interests, priorities, and needs in a study abroad program. RSVP required! Secure your spot in a workshop by signing up on SlugsAbroad Events.

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Affording Study Abroad Workshop

Attend an Affording Study Abroad Workshop for an in-person overview of the 5 steps to affording study abroad, tips and tools to pay for your experience, and the chance to fill-out your very own Study Abroad Budget worksheet. All presentations are led by a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. RSVP required! Secure your spot in a workshop by signing up on SlugsAbroad Events.

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