Tools & Resources

Thank you for your interest and help in supporting UCSC students plan for their study abroad experience. Your expertise and efforts as campus academic advisors help ensure that all UCSC students are aware of their opportunity to graduate with an international experience and that their academic program overseas will be a successful one. We appreciate all that you do to advocate for study abroad and foster the importance of international education at UCSC. We hope these resources will further assist your efforts and support your interactions with students as they consider their study abroad options. 


Advisor Resources

Below is a list of resources you may find helpful in advising students who express an interest in study abroad or have come to you for assistance in the study abroad process. Please feel free to print and make available any of these resources to your students or colleagues.

Quick Guide to Advising for Study Abroad – A quick snapshot of how you can advise a student who expresses interest in study abroad and how you can support a student throughout their study abroad experience.

Study Abroad Program Charts – Comparison charts that differentiate program types to help students select the type of study abroad program that best meets their needs.
Types of Study Abroad Programs

  • UCSC Faculty Led Programs – UCSC study abroad programs built around UCSC courses and taught by UCSC faculty.
  • UCEAP – University of California Education Abroad Program, serving all 10 campuses.
  • Other UC Programs - Short, usually faculty-led programs offered by other UCs.
  • Non-UC Programs – Study abroad programs not affiliated with UC or UCSC.

How to Apply – Information about how and when to apply to study abroad

Most Affordable Programs – List of top 10 UCEAP programs during each term that are less expensive or comparable in cost to the same term(s) at UCSC.

Language Guides – Charts to help students select a study abroad program that best fits their language level in French, German, Italian, or Portuguese & Spanish.

Financing Study Abroad – Information about finances, financial aid, and financial planning for study abroad, including scholarships.

Academic Planning For UCEAP – Academic information specific to UCEAP participation.

Queers Abroad – Resources for both study abroad and general travel.

Diversity Abroad – Resources for students to consider how to navigate their identity abroad.

How to Talk to Your Parents About Study Abroad – Resource for students looking for ways to share their interest in study abroad with their parent

Study Abroad Images to Print/Share - Banners, Flyers, Social Media images and more are available on Google Drive. Please click on the link above to access these, or email studyabroad@ucsc.edu to request the folder be shared with you individually.


Advisor Training

Every quarter, UCSC Study Abroad hosts Study Abroad Trainings for new and continuing campus advisors. This training includes:

  • Types of study abroad programs available to UCSC students
  • Benefits of study abroad
  • Factors students should consider in choosing a program
  • Current UCSC study abroad trends
  • Your role in the process, how to advise students, and how you can be an advocate for study abroad
  • Your study abroad related questions or concerns

Visit our calendar to see our next training or contact Alice Michel, Study Abroad Director, to schedule a separate training for your team: acmichel@ucsc.edu.


Request a Speaker

Would you like a representative from UCSC Study Abroad to speak or attend your event? We can work with any department, college or resource center on campus to coordinate a “Study Abroad 101,” “First Steps” Session, a targeted “Study Abroad in Your Major” workshop, or any other topic or general need you may have for a speaker or study abroad representative. Please complete and submit a Request A Speaker Form at least two weeks prior to the event and we will contact you to confirm your request. If your event is in less than two weeks, please contact us directly to determine if we can accommodate your request.


 Academic Integration

Academic Integration is a collaboration between UCSC academic departments and Study Abroad to fully integrate study abroad into the college experience and academic degree requirements (major/minor). The goal is to make study abroad more accessible to UCSC students while at the same time ensure that study abroad supports a student’s academic progress and timely graduation. AI seeks to resolve obstacles to student participation by working with academic departments to develop academic advising tools that promote student participation in study abroad. UCSC Study Abroad is committed to working with academic departments, including but limited to the following:

  • Mapping study abroad by creating major advising pages that may include pre-approved courses
  • Department specific workshops and outreach materials
  • Early academic advisement that provides 3 and 4 year academic planning guides that identify clear pathways for students to study abroad
  • Supporting department participation in the UCEAP Academic Integration Grant initiative
  • Increasing faculty engagement

If your department is interested in starting or continuing conversations related to AI and study abroad, please contact Chris Hanson: cjhanson@ucsc.edu.


Data Request

Are you interested in study abroad participant information for your department or college? Participant data may include location, duration, courses taken, GPA, among others. We can create a custom report to assist with academic integration and other efforts to support the increase of study abroad participation. If you are interested in receiving data for your college or department, please contact Alice Michel, Study Abroad Director, with your request: acmichel@ucsc.edu.