UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

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UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is the University of California's official study abroad program and a global leader in international education for over 50 years. All the benefits of home—UC credit, grades, and financial aid—travel with you. Approximately 600 UC Santa Cruz students study abroad on UCEAP every year. You can be next!

Students at all ten UC campuses have the option to study abroad as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student. There are program options available for all majors, and students can petition UCEAP courses to count toward their major or minor requirements. In addition, there are scholarships available and financial aid can be applied to UCEAP programs. UCEAP provides opportunities in:

  • 46 countries around the world
  • 420 summer quarter, semester or year-long programs
  • Internships, volunteer work, and research programs

Types of UCEAP Programs

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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. These UCEAP programs have internship opportunity incorporated into the academic experience.

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.


How to Apply

  1. Starting about a year in advance, utilize SlugsAbroad to find a program that meets your academic, personal and/or career goals that are within your budget and review the deadlines.
  2. Attend an in-person First Steps Session.
  3. Complete two applications for:
    1. UCEAP Systemwide Office
    2. UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad
  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.
    • Application FeeThe $200 application fee is charged per application submitted in SlugsAbroad, is non-refundable and will be billed to your UCSC account. The fee is split into two payments of $100 with the first charge being 4-6 weeks after submitting an application, and the second charge being approximately 2 months after. 
  12. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Wait to hear from your Advisor by email.