Education Abroad Program
The University of California offers international study programs in
cooperation with 130 partner institutions and colleges in over 30
countries throughout the world. Over 4,500 UC students, primarily
undergraduates, are expected to take part in this program.
Participating students remain registered on their home campuses while
studying abroad and receive full academic credit for their work. EAP
opportunities are also open to qualified graduate students who have
completed at least one full year of graduate work and have the support
of their academic department and graduate dean. A detailed statement of
the projected program of study is required.
Over 1,300 international students will attend the University of
California under the auspices of the Education Abroad Program (EAP).
Selection of UC students requires the following: serious academic goals
and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student’s UC
degree program; maturity, flexibility, and the ability to succeed
within the host culture; willingness to abide by program regulations;
endorsement by the EAP Selection Committee; and completion of language
and other specific requirements. Language prerequisites and GPA
requirements vary by program.
University of California faculty, who serve as directors at many
Study Centers, provide academic counsel to students while abroad. Full
credit is granted for courses satisfactorily completed, and approved
courses are recorded on official UC transcripts. With careful planning,
study abroad should not delay progress toward graduation. Application
of units earned abroad toward major or college requirements depends
upon UC departmental or college criteria.
The cost of studying on EAP is comparable to the cost of studying at UCSB. In some cases, EAP may cost less.
While on EAP, students are eligible for financial assistance. Those
already receiving UC financial aid continue to receive grants, loans,
and scholarships while abroad. Aid is based on the cost of studying at
each EAP location and on individual need. Students who do not currently
receive UC financial support may qualify for financial aid while on
EAP. In addition to UC financial aid, EAP provides support through
various scholarships and grants. Campus scholarships may also be
available, based on country, academic merit, or academic field of
study. Students should contact the Campus EAP Office and Financial Aid
Office for additional information.
The Campus EAP Office is located in South Hall 2431. An advisor
there can provide full details about the academic programs abroad,
requirements, and application procedures. Staff will put students in
touch with recent participants and academic advisors. Academic catalogs
and detailed course listings are available. Most EAP applications are
due six to eight months before departure for the program. See your
Campus EAP Office and consult the EAP Web site for exact deadlines.
Course listings for each EAP location are also available online at