Non-UC Study Abroad

Non-UC Study Abroad Programs are any study abroad program not managed or hosted by the University of California.  While most UCSC students study abroad through UCEAP, a UCSC Faculty-Led Program, or a study abroad program offered by another UC campus, we encourage students to consider programs outside the UC system if UC programs should not meet your academic needs.

Please find the Independent Study Abroad Student Guide to assist you in your planning.

How & When to Apply

1. Attend an in-person First Steps Session

2. Review the affiliate programs to find the best program for your major, interests, career goals, and budget. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. For assistance in the application process, you should contact the program provider directly.  Deadlines, application process, and eligibility requirements vary by program.

3. Next, work on the UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad application: Visit the SlugsAbroad to complete the Study Abroad Profile and Non-UC Study Abroad Program Application.

UCSC Study Abroad MUST receive your online application 90 days prior to the start of the quarter that you will be away from campus in order for you to be approved to participate on your independent non-UC study abroad program AND to be eligible to receive Financial Aid.

4. 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 online to the Office of Admissions.  Approval is at the discretion of the Office of Admissions.  Start early – this process can take up to 4-6 weeks.

**If you intend to apply your financial aid to your independent program, the courses you enroll in abroad MUST be approved for transfer credit at UCSC by the Office of Admissions.  Aid will NOT be released to you while abroad if your final course enrollment does not comply with your approved coursework.

5. Determine major/minor coursework

Only if the Office of Admission approves your coursework for transfer credit on the Proposed Program Evaluation, meet with your major/minor advisors to discuss if any of the approved courses you take while you are abroad may satisfy major/minor requirements.  Approval is at the discretion of your major/minor departments.

6. Complete a UCSC Leave of Absence (except summer)

Submit an online UCSC Leave of Absence (LOA) for the quarter(s) you will be away from UCSC on your independent non-UC study abroad program.  The Leave of Absence must be completed the quarter prior to your departure.

**Students studying abroad during the summer term only do NOT need to complete a LOA; complete only the Independent Program Abroad Form/Waiver.

7. Applications are typically processed on a rolling admissions basis by providers. Wait to hear from your program provider by email. Let UCSC Study Abroad know once you’ve been accepted. If you decide to withdraw/are not accepted, please update our office.