Academic Planning

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No matter what study abroad program you choose, academic planning is an important step in the process. We encourage you to research courses and determine how they will integrate into your academic plan.  

UCSC Faculty-led Programs

All courses taken on a UCSC faculty-led program are accredited UC Santa Cruz courses. The courses may also fulfill major, minor, graduation, and/or general education requirements as listed in the UC Santa Cruz Catalog. Non-UC Santa Cruz students should check with their home institution academic advisor to determine how these UCSC courses will apply towards major, minor, and/or graduation requirements.


UCSC Global Exchange Programs

All courses taken on a UCSC Global Exchange are awarded UC credit. Your courses will be listed on your UCSC transcript, your grades will be calculated into your UCSC GPA, and the units you earn will be added to your total units toward graduation. However, this does NOT mean that courses taken abroad will automatically count for major, minor, college and/or general education requirements. Though some UCSC Global Exchange Programs have pre-approved courses, if you plan to enroll in a course that is not pre-approved and you want to request the course satisfy a UCSC requirement, you will need to file a petition with the appropriate department or college and provide syllabi, tests, homework, papers, and other related coursework from abroad.  You are encouraged to speak with your department and college academic advisors prior to enrolling in courses abroad that are not pre-approved in order to determine the likelihood the courses will satisfy the UCSC requirement.


University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

All courses taken on a UCEAP program are awarded UC credit. Your courses will be listed on your UCSC transcript, your grades will be calculated into your UCSC GPA, and the units you earn will be added to your total units toward graduation. However, this does NOT mean that courses taken abroad will automatically count for major, minor, college and/or general education requirements. If you plan to enroll in a course that is not pre-approved and you want to request the course satisfy a UCSC requirement, you will need to file a petition with the appropriate department or college and provide syllabi, tests, homework, papers, and other related coursework from abroad.  You are encouraged to speak with your department and college academic advisors prior to enrolling in courses abroad that are not pre-approved in order to determine the likelihood the courses will satisfy the UCSC requirement.


Other UC Study Abroad Programs

All courses taken on an Other UC Study Abroad Programs are awarded  UC credit. Your courses will be listed on your UCSC transcript, your grades will be calculated into your UCSC GPA, and the units you earn will be added to your total units toward graduation. However, this does NOT mean that courses taken abroad will automatically count for major, minor, college and/or general education requirements. If you plan to enroll in a course that is not pre-approved and you want to request the course satisfy a UCSC requirement, you will need to file a petition with the appropriate department or college and provide syllabi, tests, homework, papers, and other related coursework from abroad.  You are encouraged to speak with your department and college academic advisors prior to enrolling in courses abroad that are not pre-approved in order to determine the likelihood the courses will satisfy the UCSC requirement.

Non-UC Study Abroad Programs

Courses taken on a Non-UC Study Abroad Programs may be awarded transfer credit. You must submit a Proposed Program Evaluation reflecting the exact courses you plan to take abroad, including the name of the institution that will issue your transcript. Not all courses are eligible for transfer credit. If you are unsure how to fill out this form, please contact studyabroad@ucsc.edu. If your courses are approved, our grades will not be calculated into your UC or UCSC GPA, but your units will be counted as transfer units and applied toward your total units toward graduation. However, this does NOT mean that courses taken abroad will automatically count for major, minor, college and/or general education requirements. If you plan to enroll in a course that is not pre-approved and you want to request the course satisfy a UCSC requirement, you will need to file a petition with the appropriate department or college and provide syllabi, tests, homework, papers, and other related coursework from abroad.  You are encouraged to speak with your department and college academic advisors prior to enrolling in courses abroad that are not pre-approved in order to determine the likelihood the courses will satisfy the UCSC requirement.

Academic FAQs

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