Advising

Makenna Breitenfeld, Ireland

Complete your Study Abroad Profile

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
Slugs Abroad website

Quick Advising Guide

Initial Advising How to get started
Choosing a program
How to apply
UCEAP Advising UCEAP Programs
In-depth Advising Clarification on eligibility criteria
Explanation of program costs
Confidential issues
Academic Advising How to get credit for your Major
How to get GE credit
Studying abroad as a senior
Financial Advising How Financial Aid works
Scholarships
Connect with Alumni What the experience is like from a student's perspective

Initial Advising

How to Study Abroad Info-Session

If you're just getting started on the journey to study abroad, we recommend you come to a How to Study Abroad Info-Session. Learn more about programs options, academic planning, how to apply, upcoming events, and advising. No RSVP required. See upcoming sessions on the SlugsAbroad Calendar.

Peer Advising

Study Abroad Peer Advisors can give you one-on-one assistance in understanding program types, narrowing down program options, and answering application questions.

  • Make an Appointment with a Peer Advisor: Sign-in to SlugsAbroad and go to “Peer Advisor Appointments” to set up a meeting.
  • Drop-In Peer Advising: Offered weekly. See the SlugsAbroad Calendar.
  • Email a Peer Advisor: Contact a Peer Advisor with your questions at studyabroad@ucsc.edu.

In-depth Advising

If you have questions about UCEAP, jump to UCEAP Advising.

Email Advising

Questions can be emailed to StudyAbroad@ucsc.edu and a Study Abroad team member will respond within 2-3 business days. Include your name and student ID number in all email correspondence.

Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising takes place every Tuesday, 1-4 pm at Classroom Unit Room 103. Sessions with UCSC Study Abroad Staff are brief, about 10-15 minutes. Topics and questions appropriate for drop-in advising include:

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

Appointments

Advising appointments with UCSC Study Abroad Staff can be up to 20-30 minutes. To efficiently and effectively support you, please come ready with a list of questions when meeting with an Advisor. To request an appointment, call the Global Engagement front desk at (831) 459-2858 or email global@ucsc.edu. 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

UCEAP Advising

UCEAP is the UC Systemwide study abroad provider in Goleta, CA that coordinates UCEAP programs for all UC students. UCSC Study Abroad and the UCEAP Systemwide Office are separate offices but work collaboratively to provide advising support for over 200 programs. Please read below to determine who to contact.

Contact UCEAP 

For specific questions about a program, contact the UCEAP Program Specialist, Academic Specialist, or Program Advisor at the UC Systemwide Office for more information. Specialists and Advisors are assigned by country: see UCEAP Country Contacts

UCEAP can answer your questions about:

  • Courses and subjects offered on a program
  • Housing options on a program
  • Program activities
  • UCEAP Scholarships 
  • Internship and service-learning opportunities
  • Pre-departure checklist and requirements for selected students

Contact UCSC Study Abroad 

For general questions about UCEAP programs, contact UCSC Study Abroad.

UCSC Study Abroad can answer your questions about: 

  • Understanding types of UCEAP programs (immersion, internship, research, etc.)
  • How and when to apply
  • Comparing UCEAP to other types of study abroad programs

Financial Aid Advising

Financial Aid Advising

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. See Get a Financial Aid Estimate.

Affording Study Abroad

Navigate the 5 steps to Affording Study Abroad to learn about program costs, how financial aid works, scholarships, and other tips and tools to pay for your experience. Or, you can attend an Affording Study Abroad Session for an in-person overview of the 5 steps - No RSVP required. See future sessions on the SlugsAbroad Calendar.


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.

Seniors Abroad

For questions related to your status as a senior while study abroad, graduating after your program, and senior residency requirements, please consult your College Advising Office.


Connect with Alumni

If you would like to be connected with another student who has already participated on your program of interest, please submit the Connect with Alumni Request Form, and we'll follow-up with you by email.