UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

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UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is the University of California's official study abroad program provider 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 to have 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 universities around 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 completing all your coursework in English.

UC Study Centers: The UC Study Centers are designed for UC students and courses are taught by faculty from local universities, often with a particular theme or academic focus. Local staff in the 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 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 city into your classroom.

Language & Culture/ Language Study Programs: From Arabic to Italian, Japanese to Punjabi, Russian to Turkish, and many more, language influences your perception and understanding of the world, societies, and cultures around you. The coursework on these programs focus on the language and culture of the host country and location.

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 opportunities incorporated into the academic experience.

Research Abroad: UCEAP provides opportunities to conduct research abroad. Explore UCEAP 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.

Explore UCEAP by Discipline

UCEAP has developed this resource that recommends certain programs by subjects. Please use it as a starting point, and then check the program webpage for more specific information.

How to Apply

  1. Create your UCSC Study Abroad Profile 
  2. Apply to UCEAP 
    • Browse program offerings with UCEAP, narrow down a program, and apply directly in MyEAP. Be sure to submit all required documents listed under Document Uploads.
  3. Register your program with UCSC 

Registrations are processed on a rolling admissions basis. 

Application Fee and Deadlines 

There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCEAP Application Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account in two installments of $100 each, about 1 month and 3 months after you submit your SlugsAbroad UCEAP Registration.

Both the MyEAP application and the SlugsAbroad UCEAP Registration must be submitted by the UCSC Deadline. Students are encouraged to apply close to the application opening for Limited Capacity Programs which fill-up when capacity is met (first come, first serve). Warning: Do not submit the UCEAP Registration after the deadline. Late registrations will be both declined and liable for the Non-Refundable UCEAP Application Fee.

Contact UCEAP

The University of California Education Abroad Program is the UC Systemwide study abroad provider located in Goleta, CA that coordinates UCEAP programs for all UC students. Each program has a team of country-specific specialists and advisors who can answer questions related to your program. Your UCEAP Program Specialist and UCEAP Program Advisor will process your final acceptance into the program and coordinate your pre-departure requirements.

For General Questions:

Phone: 805-893-4762
Email: info@uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu

For Program-Specific Questions:

UCEAP Systemwide specialists and advisors are organized by country, so they can offer you program- and country-specific information. See UCEAP Country Contacts.

UCSC Study Abroad vs. UCEAP

UCSC Study Abroad is your campus Study Abroad office, located in the Division of Global Engagement. We are a small team of Advisors who review your application and nominate you to your UCEAP program after you apply. We can assist you with the application process and UCSC requirements related to studying abroad.