Hallie Cohen- Ghana

Department and college advisors play an integral role in encouraging UCSC students to engage in high-impact learning activities like study abroad. This page serves as a collection of resources to support students who come to you to discuss studying abroad. UCSC Study Abroad requires that all students meet with their department and college advisors as part of the application process in order to ensure students are staying on track towards degree progression. We look forward to working with you collaboratively to see UCSC students thrive academically, professionally, and personally on campus, abroad, and beyond.

Why Should You Encourage Your Students to Study Abroad?

Studying abroad can be an extremely rewarding academic, professional and personal experience. It gives students a chance to immerse themselves in another culture, learn or enhance language skills, launch lifelong pursuits, and gain an invaluable edge in an increasingly competitive global job market and grad school admissions process, among many other benefits. While studying abroad, students can earn credit by enrolling in courses that fulfill GE or specific major or minor requirements. Below are just a few of the ways studying abroad can benefit your student academically, professionally, and personally.

1. Academic Benefits

Whether a student chooses to learn Italian in Italy, take major courses in Argentina, or intern with a start-up in South Africa, study abroad will have many academic benefits. Attending classes in another country offers a unique learning and cross-cultural opportunities that complement a student’s studies at UCSC. By studying abroad, students can:

  • Receive major, minor, and GE credit or take electives outside of major
  • Experience classroom learning in a new academic and cultural setting
  • Take courses with both students from other UCs and local students
  • Learn a new language and practice with native speakers
  • Gain a global perspective on their major or minor
  • Visit historical landmarks and cultural heritage sites

2. Career Benefits

Less than 350,000 students study abroad nationwide. Meaning, one way a student may stand out as a job candidate is to study and/or intern abroad. A study abroad experience can make an impressive addition to their resume, give them a competitive edge, and set them apart from other job applicants. During an interview, their international experience may even be the first thing a recruiter asks them about!

Students return from studying abroad with a long list of skills they gained and perspectives they never knew they were missing - even after being away for just a few weeks! Common career benefits include: 

  • Participating in an internship, research, or service-learning experience abroad
  • Building relationships with UCSC, other UC, and local faculty and staff
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of cultural diversity by interacting and communicating with diverse groups of people
  • Building an international social and professional network
  • Clarifying interests and life goals through a global experience

3. Personal Benefits

For many students, studying abroad is a life-changing experience. Students return from study abroad more independent, confident, and eager to take on new challenges, whether academic, professional, or personal. There are many personal benefits to study abroad, these can include:

  • Gaining a better appreciation of other cultures, as well as their own 
  • Becoming more independent, mature, confident, and adaptable in unfamiliar situations
  • Developing new relationships
  • Learning about family heritage
  • Better understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses

Additional Resources

Advising Resources
These resources are intended to help you support your students as they consider how an international and intercultural experience can meet their academic, professional and personal goals.  
Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of frequently asked study abroad questions we receive from advisors. Please search for your questions, and do not hesitate to contact us at if you would like to talk to us in person or if you cannot find the answer to your questions.