Complete Your Study Abroad Profile

Congratulations on starting your journey to study abroad! Get started by completing a Study Abroad Profile, a required step before you can RSVP for workshops and info-sessions, apply to a study abroad program, or request an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.

Your first steps:

  1. Study Abroad Profile
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Attend Workshops and Sessions
  4. Apply for a passport (for international programs only)

Study Abroad Profile

Sign into SlugsAbroad with your CruzID to complete your Study Abroad Profile. The profile is required and is expected to take you 20-30 minutes to complete. The profile will help you begin and navigate your study abroad journey, and assist your Study Abroad Advisor to determine what resources may help support you.  The profile will cover the following information:

  • Types of Programs
  • How to Apply & Deadlines
  • Academics
  • How Financial Aid Works
  • Scholarships
  • Student Identity
  • Study Abroad Resources
  • Next Steps


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have additional questions? Please check out the Study Abroad FAQs section prior to emailing us, there is a good chance that another student has asked your question in the past. This section includes frequently asked questions related to the application, finances, academics, programs and more. If you still have questions, feel free to email

Attend Workshops and Sessions 

Register for Workshops and Info Sessions through SlugsAbroad. Creating your Study Abroad Profile is mandatory before you can sign up. 

How to Study Abroad at UCSC Info-Sessions 

Are you still confused about how to jump-start your Study Abroad journey at UCSC? This session provides students the opportunity to learn about studying abroad at UCSC in person. Although most of the information covered is also accessible through the Study Abroad Profile and on our website, this session will present the information in a new format for different learning styles. Our Peer Advisors will share program information, next steps and be available to answer any additional questions you may have. RSVP required! Secure your spot in a workshop by signing up on SlugsAbroad Events.

Program Exploration Workshops 

Students who need assistance in narrowing down a program are encouraged to attend a Program Exploration Session to explore their program options! Offered on a regular basis Fall/Winter/Spring, these sessions pair students with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor who give one-on-one assistance in narrowing down programs. Participants will discover their interests, priorities, and needs in a study abroad program. RSVP required! Secure your spot in a workshop by signing up on SlugsAbroad Events.

Affording Study Abroad Workshop

Attend an Affording Study Abroad Workshop for an in-person overview of the 5 steps to affording study abroad, tips and tools to pay for your experience, and the chance to fill-out your very own Study Abroad Budget worksheet. All presentations are led by a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. RSVP required! Secure your spot in a workshop by signing up on SlugsAbroad Events.

Apply for a Passport

Time required: Up to 8 weeks for U.S. passport holders. Other nationalities may vary.

All students need a valid passport to travel internationally. Passports are not required for domestic travel. If you do not have a passport, you will need to apply for one. If your passport will expire sooner than 6 months after the end of your program, you will need to renew your passport. 

  • If you are a U.S. citizen and would like further information on how to obtain or renew your passport, visit the U.S. Passports section on the U.S. Department of State’s website.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, please refer to your nation’s Embassy or Consulate for further information on how you might obtain or renew your passport.

If you have any concerns about this requirement, please contact Study Abroad at