UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Education Abroad Program

The University of California offers over 380 international study programs in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Over 5,000 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 varies by program. 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 UCSB EAP Office and Financial Aid Office for additional information.

The UCSB 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. Contact the EAP Office and consult the EAP website for exact deadlines – eap.ucsb.edu. Information for each for each EAP offering is also available online at eap.ucop.edu.