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 UCSC grades, and units for all classes taken while on UCEAP, UCSC Faculty-Led, and UCSC Exchanges - they are not transfer credit but instead will be added to your transcript as UC courses and grades you earn will be factored into your cumulative GPA. Please note that it can take up to three months for grades and courses to appear on your UCSC transcript for UCEAP and UCSC Exchanges. For UCSC Faculty-led Programs, all courses will appear on your transcript like normal on-campus courses.

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. 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 may be possible to use UCEAP or UCSC Exchange courses to satisfy GE requirements. For a course to count as a GE, it must be evaluated by the UCSC Office of Admissions. See academic planning to learn more. Note that the DC requirement must be taken at UCSC. For more information and instructions on how to apply for pre-approval, please see the academic planning

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 on 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 end date 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. 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. 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: No. For UCEAP and UCSC Exchanges, 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. For UCSC Faculty-led Programs, you will be enrolled in a campus course like normal.

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 Faculty-led Programs, 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. As a UCEAP participant, you will not be issued a transcript from your host university. UCEAP will transmit your courses, grades, and units from abroad to UCSC and they will be added to your UCSC transcript. For information regarding your UCEAP Courses & Grades, please visit the academic planning section of our website.

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 UCEAP 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 Faculty-led Programs, 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!