Getting Started

Study Abroad Profile

Your first step is to complete your Study Abroad Profile in SlugsAbroad. 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


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Explore Programs

With six types of programs and hundreds of unique options, your first step is to compare programs and find the right fit for you. Students who need assistance in narrowing down a program are encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, who give one-on-one assistance in narrowing down programs. Peer Advisors can help you discover your interests, priorities, and needs in a study abroad program. They are available by appointment, drop-in, and email. To get started with a Peer Advisor, see Initial Advising.


Research Funding Opportunities

Paying for a program is often the biggest worry students have in their study abroad journey; however, with enough planning, it doesn’t have to be! There are many opportunities to fund your study abroad program, including financial aid and scholarships! If you receive financial aid, you can request an estimate for a financial aid package for a program at any time. We also strongly encourage you to review study abroad scholarships early including UCEAP scholarships and the Gilman International Scholarship for pell recipients, among many others. Learn more at Affording Study Abroad.


Apply to Study Abroad

How to Apply to UCSC Faculty-Led
How to Apply to UCSC Global Exchanges
How to Apply to UCSC Domestic Exchanges
How to Apply to UCEAP
How to Apply to Other UC Programs
How to Apply to Non UC Programs


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 studyabroad@ucsc.edu