Independent Programs

Independent Programs (IP)  are study abroad or away programs not managed or hosted by the University of California. IP can be a good option for students who are not able to find a UC program that meets their academic, personal, or professional goals.  IP programs can also be more affordable for students who do not use financial aid or are out of state students (out of state tuition does not apply).

Important Factors with IP:

  • Financial Aid is not currently available to students who participate in IP

  • When the steps below are followed, students could potentially receive (P/NP) transfer credit for IP programs. Transfer credit is not guaranteed.

  • UC credit and letter grades are not possible for IP. 

  • The maximum number of credits a student can transfer to their UCSC degree is 105 quarter units.

  • Students who participate in IP must take a leave of absence for the duration of time that they are abroad during all terms except for summer term.

 


How to Apply to Independent Programs (IP)

  1. Complete your Study Abroad Profile.

  2. Select your program

  3. Complete a Proposed Program Evaluation

    • Submit a Proposed Program Evaluation to the Office of Admissions to determine if coursework taken abroad is eligible for transfer credit. You do not need to be admitted into the program when you complete this step. Submitting it ahead of time will allow you to make an educated decision about programs.

    • Include the full name of the university or college that will be issuing you a transcript, the syllabi for the courses you plan to take, and a link to the program website.

    • Email studyabroad@ucsc.edu if you would like support with this step. 

  4. Apply Directly to your IP

    • Apply online to your IP through their website.

    • List Adam Freed, Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor as your main contact at UCSC.

  5. Complete an IP Registration Form in Slugs Abroad

    • Complete the IP Registration to confirm that you are pursuing this opportunity. 

    • There is one generic IP form for all opportunities, you will be asked to fill in program-specific information within the form.

  6. Complete a UC Santa Cruz Leave of Absence (except summer)

Submit an online UC Santa Cruz Leave of Absence (LOA) for the quarter(s) you will be away from UC Santa Cruz on your IP.

 


Additional Considerations

  • Determine major/minor coursework: If the Office of Admissions approves your coursework for transfer credit on the Proposed Program Evaluation, meet with your major or minor advisors to discuss if any of the approved courses you take while you are abroad may satisfy major or minor requirements.

  • Pre-Departure Items: If you are selected for participation by your IP, you will need to meet their deadlines, complete their pre-departure requirements, and follow their participation instructions.  

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Withdrawing: Email studyabroad@ucsc.edu and your IP if you decide to withdraw or your plans change.

 


IP Affiliates

IP Affiliates are specific organizations that UCSC Study Abroad has established partnerships with. Each option is a respected International Education Organization based in the United States that designs programs to include academics, housing, health insurance, on-site support, pre-departure information, and excursions. All of the programs below are widely known and partner with universities and colleges across the United States. 

AIFS Study Abroad

Year, Semester, Summer, and Internships


Arcadia University College of Global Studies

Year, Semester, and Summer

For more information, email Arcadia directly at educationabroad@arcadia.edu


The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

Year, Semester, and Summer Programs in Australia, NZ, and Asia

For more information, email TEAN directly at info@teanabroad.org


International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Year, Semester, Summer, Quarter, Internships, Service-Learning, and Research

Automatic Grants for UCSC Students:

  • $200 - Any program

Institute for Study Abroad

Year, Semester, Summer, Internships

Automatic Grants for UCSC Students:

  • $2000 - Semester programs

Featured Program: Reimagining Europe in Prague

  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Term: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Units: 22.5-24
  • Courses: History of Prague and Contemporary Issues, Czech Language, and three electives (in many majors).

For more information, email IFSA directly at studyabroad@ifsa-butler.org


Semester at Sea

Semester programs on a large ship built as a floating university campus. Students visit 10 - 12 countries in a semester and receive credit from Colorado State University. 

* Financial aid packaging is possible through Colorado State University, email studyabroad@ucsc.edu for more information.*

Featured Program: Fall Voyage

  • Location(s): Asia, Africa, and Europe
  • Term: Fall
  • Units: 18-22.5 credits
  • Courses: Global Studies is required, and students take 3-4 other courses in addition (many majors)

For more information, email SAS directly at admissions@isevoyages.org

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SIT Study Abroad

Semester, Summer, Research, Internships

Featured Program: Post - Genocide Restoration and Peace Building

  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Term: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Units: 22.5-24
  • Courses: Examine the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the country’s efforts to foster peace, unity, and reconciliation. Travel to northern Uganda to explore everyday life in this post-conflict region and learn how collective strategies of remembrance are being used to counteract genocide denial. All students will take Kinyarwanda language, Anatomy of Genocide and Intra-State Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding, Research Methods and Ethics, and can choose between an Independent Study OR an Internship.

Special Scholarships:

For more information, email SIT directly at studyabroad@sit.edu

 


Other IP Options at UCSC

Below you will find additional IP study abroad programs. Although these are not current UCSC affiliates, they are popular options for UCSC students.

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Independent Programs Academic Planning

To earn transfer credit from an IP, have an official transcript from your study abroad program sent to the address below.

  • Upon receipt of your official transcript, the Office of Admissions will award transfer credit for UC-transferable courses as long as you have completed the Proposed Program Evaluation.
  • If you forgot to fill out the Proposed Program Evaluation before your program, or your classes changed and you didn’t fill out the PPE with your updated classes please submit a Review of Transfer Credit.
  • Transfer courses do not affect your cumulative UCSC GPA.
  • Once courses are transferred and added to your UC transcript, you can speak with your major/minor advisors about how those courses may be counted toward major/minor requirements.

ATTN: Study Abroad Transfer Credit Evaluation
Admissions Office, Hahn
University of California Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95060