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**Required** First Steps Session

If you’re just beginning the journey to study abroad, a mandatory First Steps Session + Q&A will help you to jump-start one of the biggest decisions you make in your college career! Each session consists of a short presentation and ample time for Q & A. Sign-up for a session through SlugsAbroad

You will learn about the following in a First Steps Session:

- How to get started
What programs are available
Types of programs
Academics
How to apply
Deadlines
How Financial Aid works
Scholarships
Using the Study Abroad website

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Workshops

After you’ve attended a First Steps Session, you may want to take advantage of one of our upcoming workshops for more tips on navigating the study abroad process. You can sign-up for a workshop through SlugsAbroad. For more information on upcoming workshops and information sessions, visit our Events page. 

Workshops regularly offered include:

UCEAP Application & Limited Capacity Workshops

How to apply through MyEAP and SlugsAbroad
Limited Capacity Programs vs. Open Capacity Programs
Navigating the MyEAP Course Catalogue
GE requests
Academic Planning Form
How to ensure an application is complete
What waitlisted means for Limited Capacity 

Financing Study Abroad & Scholarship Workshops

How Financial Aid works
When Financial Aid will be disbursed
Who to pay
Scholarships
- How to write a competitive scholarship essay
Working Abroad 

Country-Specific/Regional Workshops

- Overview of Program Options
- Meet an advisor & ask questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our FAQ page for a comprehensive overview of all things study abroad.

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Tuesday Afternoon Drop-In

After you learn the foundations to study abroad at a **required** First Steps Session + Q & A, you can then visit our office during drop-in hours on Tuesdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm for specific questions that are not found on the FAQ page nor addressed in a workshop. Please be sure to check the Event Calendar for any changes to this schedule. Up to 15 minutes per session.

Topics you might bring to a drop-in visit:

Deciding between a couple different programs
Identity and diversity abroad
Clarification on eligibility criteria for a specific program
Activities and schedule on a UCSC Faculty-Led Program
Pre-Departure requirements for a UCSC Faculty-led Program

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Contact us Online

If you have a specific question or concern, you can contact us at studyabroad@ucsc.edu for questions/concerns, such as:

Withdrawing from a program (request in writing by email is required)
Other specific questions similar to Tuesday Afternoon Drop-In

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Financial Aid Advising

If you’ve learned the basics to Financial Aid in a First Steps Session, you can then request an estimate on how much financial aid you can expect to receive for a particular program. Remember that all programs have different costs, so decide on your program, or a couple that you are interested in, and then request a financial aid estimate. See our Finances & Scholarship page to learn about requesting information from a Financial Aid Advisor.

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Appointments

After you’ve selected a program or have already applied, you can request an appointment to discuss specific topics that are not found on the FAQ page nor addressed in a workshop. Request an appointment by calling 831-459-2858 or by emailing Global@ucsc.edu. Up to 20 minutes per session.

When an appointment is appropriate:

- Advising by country
- Application follow-up (after you submit a study abroad application)
- Confidential issues that vary but may include: GPA, academic qualifications, health issues, & disability accommodations
- Complex issues (if the front desk of Global Engagement is unable to answer a question because of the complexity) 
- When the Study Abroad Advisor recommends an appointment

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Who to Contact After You’ve Been Nominated to Participate on UCEAP

Once you’ve been nominated to participate on UCEAP, you become part of the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) community. The UCEAP Systemwide Office coordinates UCEAP programs for all UC students. They are located in Goleta, CA (not at UCSC). Be prepared as there will likely be a gap in time between being nominated to your UCEAP program and receiving communication from your UCEAP Program Specialist & UCEAP Program Advisor. Please be patient until you receive your "Welcome email." No news is good news!

You will now communicate primarily with the staff at the UCEAP Systemwide Office. Contact information for your UCEAP Advisors can be found on the UCEAP Country Contacts page.  
You will receive important emails from both UCEAP and your UCSC Study Abroad Advisors so check your UCSC email daily!
Questions specific to your UCEAP program and your UCEAP Pre-Departure Checklist should be directed to your UCEAP Program Specialist and UCEAP Program Advisor.

For matters related to the UC Santa Cruz campus, including academic planning, financial aid and scholarships, the Health Clearance process, and the Pre-Departure Orientation, the UCSC Study Abroad staff will continue to assist you. Feel free to contact us online or visit us during Tuesday Afternoon Drop-In, or by appointment.

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