UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

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The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is available to students at all ten UC campuses. Currently, UCEAP offers programs in over 43 different countries around the world, with options to study abroad for a summer, quarter, semester, or year. Over 50% of UCEAP programs have no language requirement and offer courses in English, and several UCEAP programs provide opportunities for internships, volunteer work, and research.

Students earn UC credit (not transfer credit) while on UCEAP, and have the option to study abroad as a sophomore, junior, senior, or as a graduate student. There are program options available for all majors, and students can petition UCEAP courses to count toward their major/minor requirements. In addition, there are scholarships available and Financial Aid can be applied to UCEAP programs. For more information about financing study abroad, see the Finances & Scholarships page.

Approximately 500-600 UCSC students study abroad on UCEAP every year. You can be next!

For further information (including tips for choosing a program, when to apply, and how to incorporate study abroad in your academic plan) please see the links below


Types of UCEAP Programs

UCEAP Immersion: Immerse yourself in the most exciting universities in the world by taking classes with local students and enjoying the local lifestyle. There are a variety of immersion programs to suit your academic needs, from total language immersion, to taking courses all in English.

UCEAP UC Study Centers: The Study Center is specially designed for UC students and courses are taught by faculty from local universities. Local staff in your city will advise on academic matters and provide information on cultural and social activities.  

UCEAP Multi-City Programs: Take advantage of a unique opportunity to compare and contrast multiple exciting cities by living and studying in multiple locations. Courses taught in English will introduce you to the social and political changes that have taken place in various areas of the world. Local instructors and coursework integrate walking tours and visits to local establishments, including social, government, and non-government organizations, that transform the cities into your classroom.

UCEAP Language & Culture/ Language Study Programs: From Arabic to Italian, Japanese to Punjabi, Russian to Turkish, and numerous dialects in between, language influences your perception and understanding of the world, societies and cultures around you. Check out these UCEAP Language and Culture or Language Study programs.

UCEAP Internships Abroad: Employers today are looking for a lot more than a degree. They want confident and experienced candidates who can thrive in a multicultural world. Check out these UCEAP programs that have internship opportunity incorporated into the academic experience.

UCEAP Research Abroad: UCEAP provides outstanding opportunities to conduct research abroad! Explore UCEAP’s offerings to find programs where you can engage in independent research based on your personal interests, or contribute original work to research conducted by internationally renowned teams and colleagues in your field.

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Study Abroad in your Major

Explore the featured UCEAP major pages below to help narrow down programs that meet your academic needs.

If your major is not listed above, don't worry! Use the UCEAP Program Builder to help narrow down programs that fit your individual major or academic goals. Visit the Academic Planning page for more information how to plan carefully for study abroad, stay on track for graduation and how you may be able to apply UCEAP coursework to your major/minor and GE requirements.

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UCEAP University-Level Language Requirement 

All students should verify whether the UCEAP program they are applying to has a MINIMUM language requirement, and determine whether they will be able to satisfy this language requirement before they depart on their program. Additionally, some programs have a MAXIMUM language requirement – students who exceed the maximum requirement are not eligible to participate on the program. Visit individual program pages on the UCEAP website to determine the language requirement for the UCEAP program(s) you are interested in to determine your eligibility.

Use the charts below to help you assess your current language level and your anticipated language level at the time of departure for your program.

If you do not currently meet the language requirement for the program you are applying to, but will complete the requirement before you go abroad, then your UCEAP online application and UCEAP Academic Planning Form must demonstrate how you will meet the requirement before you go abroad.

If you have completed (or are currently enrolled in) language courses at UCSC, your UCSC Study Abroad advisor will review the UCSC transcripts you submit with your UCEAP application to confirm you meet or will meet the program language requirement– see the application checklist for your program to determine whether Official or Unofficial transcripts are required. 

If you have not completed (and are not currently enrolled in) any language courses at UCSC but meet the language level requirement for your program, then you must take a Language Placement Exam – see the UCSC Language Program website for details. Submit a copy of your UCSC Transfer Credit Report with your UCEAP application to demonstrate your placement exam score.

Heritage Speakers: If you are a heritage/native speaker (of the UCEAP program language) and you have not completed (and are not currently enrolled in) any language courses at UCSC, then you must meet with a UCSC Language Instructor during their office hours to complete the UCEAP Language Evaluation Form.

NOTE: UCEAP language requirements are based on university-level language equivalents. For example, if you complete the language placement exam and place into French 2, and then complete French 2, 3, and 4 at UCSC, then you will have a university-level language equivalent of 4 quarters of French; if you complete the language placement exam and places into Spanish 6, and then only complete Spanish 6 at UCSC, then you will a university-level language equivalent of 6 quarters (2 years) of Spanish.

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Limited Capacity Programs

Some UCEAP programs have limited capacity (a limited number of students can participate in these programs). Review the Limited Capacity list to determine whether your program has limited capacity and how to submit your application. Students are accepted first-come, first-serve on all UCEAP programs, so apply early!

Because students can apply to only one program per term, students can speak to their Advisor about switching to another program if capacity is met for their first choice.

See Limited Capacity Program List

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How & When to Apply

  1. Use our Study Abroad Builder to find the best program for your major, interests, career goals, and budget.
  2. Attend an in-person First Steps Session.
  3. Complete two applications for the: 1) UCEAP Systemwide Office, and 2) Global Engagement.
  4. First, complete the UCEAP Systemwide application: Register for a MyEAP account to begin the application.
  5. Review the UCEAP application checklist via your MyEAP account for required documents (like the UCEAP Academic Planning form), fill in the required information, and submit electronically. Please see our Application Workshop Prezi for tips and tricks on how to apply successfully.
  6. Print, sign, and scan the UCEAP application (scanned copy needed in step 10).
  7. Next, work on the UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad application: Login into SlugsAbroad to complete the Study Abroad Profile.
  8. Search for your UCEAP program in SlugsAbroad and apply for the term you intend to study abroad. Fill out the SlugsAbroad application.
  9. Fill out the UCEAP Academic Planning Form with your intended study abroad courses. Meet with your Department Adviser(s) and then with your College Adviser for signatures.
  10. Upload all required documents to SlugsAbroad, including: signed UCEAP application, Academic Planning Form, (un)official transcripts, and any other required documents (check the UCEAP application checklist).
  11. Review your SlugsAbroad application and submit.
  12. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Wait to hear from your Advisor by email.

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