Non-UC Study Abroad

Non-UC study abroad programs are any study abroad program not managed or hosted by the University of California. Non-UC study abroad programs can be a good option for students who are not able to find a UC program that meets their academic, personal, or professional goals.  

Financial Aid is not currently available to students who participate on non-UC study abroad programs. However, students are encouraged to meet with a UCSC Financial Aid advisor to discuss their aid and participation on a non-UC study abroad program as well as to review scholarship opportunities. More information about scholarships and UCSC Financial Aid contact information can be found on our finances and scholarships page.

How and When to Apply

  1. Attend an in-person First Steps Session to learn about the study abroad process
  2. Select and Apply to a Program:
    • Review the affiliate programs below to find a program that meets your academic, personal and professional goals.
    • In addition to completing the campus application, you will apply directly to the program by their deadline.
    • Deadlines, application process, and eligibility requirements vary by program. Check the Non-UC Study Abroad Program providers website for these details.
  3. 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 non-UC study abroad program.
    • The Leave of Absence must be completed by the campus deadline.
    • Students studying abroad during the summer term do NOT need to complete an LOA.
  4. Complete a UCSC Study Abroad registration form:
    • Visit SlugsAbroad to complete your Study Abroad profile, non-UC study abroad program registration form.
  5. Complete a Proposed Program Evaluation:
    • To determine if coursework taken abroad is eligible for transfer credit, request pre-approval by submitting a Proposed Program Evaluation to the Office of Admissions.
    • You are limited to no more than five courses for review from a single institution.
    • Approval is at the discretion of the Office of Admissions.
    • Start early – this process can take up to four to six weeks.
  6. 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.
    • Approval is at the discretion of your major/minor departments.
  7. If you are selected for participation by your non-UC study abroad program, you will need to meet their deadlines, complete their pre-departure requirements, and follow their participation instructions. Let UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad know once you’ve been accepted and if you decide to withdraw or are not accepted.