Academic Questions

Bianca Gonzalez, France

Academic

Q: Will my courses, units, and grades from study abroad transfer back to UCSC? [show]

A: Yes, you will receive UC grades and credits for all classes taken on UCEAP, UCSC Global Seminars, UCSC International Exchanges, and Other UC programs - they will be added to your UCSC transcript and grades you earn will be factored into your cumulative GPA. Grades will not, however, be factored into your GPA for UCSC USA Exchanges. Please note that it can take up to four months for courses and grades to appear on your UCSC transcript from UCEAP and UCSC Exchanges.

Q: How do I have my courses count toward my major on UCEAP? [show]

A: Although all of your UCEAP courses, grades and units will be added to your UC transcript, it is up to your department advisor which of those courses will satisfy requirements in your major/minor. Each department has a different petition process to count study abroad courses as major courses. It would be best to discuss with your Major Advisor. For more information regarding satisfying degree requirements, please see Academic Planning.

Q: Can I have my courses from study abroad satisfy GE requirements? [show]

A: It is possible to use UCEAP or UCSC Exchange courses to satisfy GE requirements. There are some pre-approved courses, but for many of the courses offered, they have to be petitioned. See Academic Planning to learn more. Note that the DC requirement must be taken at UCSC.

Q: If I study abroad, will I be able to graduate on time? [show]

A: Yes! Most students continue to progress toward their degree while studying abroad. As you plan your study abroad experience, you will meet with academic advisors in your major(s), minor(s) and your college to discuss how the courses you plan to take abroad will help you meet your degree requirements. Some students are even able to participate in multiple programs. However, if you plan to spend your final term abroad on UCEAP or UCSC Exchange, you will need to delay your graduation at least one quarter after your program ends while you wait for your grades from abroad to be added to your UCSC transcript. Although you do not need to return to campus to take courses, assuming you have completed all of your requirements, you WILL need to delay your graduation. It would be best to talk to your College Advisor as to whether or not you will be able to study abroad during the last quarter. For more information about this process and what you will need to do, please see Academic Planning.

Q: Can I study abroad if I am majoring in the sciences or engineering? [show]

A: Yes! Students in all majors have access to excellent courses abroad. Lab work and field research programs provide unique opportunities to STEM students abroad.

Q: How many units do I take while abroad? [show]

A: On UCEAP and UCSC Exchanges, you must take the equivalent of a full course load while abroad even if you are a graduating senior. On each program guide, there is a set or minimum number of units to be taken on the program to be considered a full-time student. Each program is different, so be sure to check how many units you need to enroll in before you apply. Visit the program website to review the required minimum number of units.

Q: Do I have to study in my major abroad? [show]

A: Although most students focus on their major(s) or minor(s) while abroad, it is not a requirement. Study abroad offers unique opportunities to expand your academic scope and abilities, including language acquisition, service learning, volunteer work or even internships for academic credit.

Q: Do I need to take a Leave of Absence? [show]

A: Not for any UC program. UCSC Study Abroad will notify the Office of the Registrar when and where you will be abroad to ensure your student status reflects your study abroad participation and you are provided with an enrollment appointment for your return to campus. A Leave of Absence is only required for Independent Programs.

Q: Can I graduate at the end of my program? [show]

A: While it is possible to spend your final term at UCSC abroad, you cannot graduate until at least one quarter after your program end date if you’re going through UCEAP or UCSC Exchanges. Your grades from abroad must first be added to your UCSC transcript before you can apply to graduate, which can take up to one quarter after the program ends. Although you do not need to return to campus to take courses, assuming you have completed all of your requirements, you WILL need to delay your graduation. If you plan to spend your final term abroad, UCSC Study Abroad will provide you with the necessary steps and information after you have been selected to your program. For more information about this process and what you will need to do, please Academic Planning. For UCSC Global Seminars, grades should post at the speed at which grades normally do for on-campus courses.

Q: What if I decide to withdraw? [show]

A: In the event that you need to withdraw prior to your program start date due to personal, academic, or financial reasons, we encourage you to meet with your UCSC Study Abroad Advisor. Every program has a date by which you can withdraw without financial penalty. If you decide to withdraw while abroad on your program, consult with your UCSC Study Abroad Advisor and onsite staff to start the withdrawal process.

Q: Do I need to ask my host university on UCEAP or UCSC Exchange to send UCSC my transcripts? [show]

A: No. The host university will transmit your courses, grades, and units from abroad to UCSC and they will be added to your UCSC transcript. For information regarding your Courses & Grades, please see Academic Planning.

Q: Should I bring back my UCEAP and UCSC Exchange course materials and syllabi? [show]

A: You are encouraged to save all of your course materials and syllabi from abroad. It may be helpful to have these documents if you petition to have your coursework satisfy major, minor or GE credit upon your return.

Q: How do I enroll in courses? When do I enroll? [show]

A: For UCSC Global Seminars, Study Abroad staff will make sure you are enrolled by Summer Session. As for UCEAP and UCSC Exchanges, when you enroll in courses abroad depends on your program. In some cases, you will be notified to enroll online prior to your program official start date and in other cases, you will not enroll until after you arrive.

Q: How do I enroll in UCSC courses for the quarter I return? [show]

A: You will enroll online just as you would if you were still at UCSC. Be sure to check your UCSC Student Portal for your enrollment appointment while you are abroad and enroll in your courses as soon as your appointment starts. Don’t forget that you will be a different time zone!