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Study Abroad in Your Major

You can go abroad and take classes in any major AND graduate on time! Even if your major is very specific or your 4-year plan is already completely full, we can help assist you in finding a program that will have applicable courses. 

Check out our Major Advising Pages (MAPS) to learn more about studying abroad in your major.

Note:

Not all majors currently have a MAP available but you can still study abroad in that discipline! This is just an information sheet, you can always meet with an advisor to discuss program options by discipline or country of interest. 


Course Credit and Grades

Courses taken abroad can be used to earn units and fulfill major, minor, college, or general education requirements. However, there are a few differences between course credits and grades depending on the type of program you choose


UCEAP

Since you are going abroad with the UC system, all courses will be counted as UC credit, meaning you will receive the units and grades for your abroad courses. This does NOT mean that classes taken abroad will automatically count for your major, minor, college, or general education requirements. You will be responsible for bringing back syllabi, tests, homework, etc. from abroad and filing a course petition with the corresponding department or college. Only after the petition has passed will the class be counted towards your requirements. To better your chances of a successful petition, speak with your academic advisor from your department or college before applying to a program.


UC San Diego Global Seminars

All courses taken on a Global Seminar program are accredited UC San Diego courses. The courses may also fulfill major, minor, graduation, and general education requirements. Non-UC San Diego students should check with their academic advisor to determine how the units will apply towards major, minor, or graduation requirements. For classes that are not pre-approved to fulfill a requirement, you will be responsible for bringing back syllabi, tests, homework, etc. from abroad and filing a course petition with the corresponding department or college. Only after the petition has passed will the class be counted towards your requirements.  


OAP

When going abroad with OAP, classes that you take abroad will be counted as transfer units. You still receive the units and grades from your abroad courses, the only difference is that they will not factor into your GPA. This does NOT mean that classes taken abroad will automatically count for your major, minor, college, or general education requirements. You will be responsible for bringing back syllabi, tests, homework, etc. from abroad and filing a course petition with the corresponding department or college. Only after the petition has passed will the class be counted towards your requirements. To better your chances of a successful petition, speak with your academic advisor from your department or college before applying to a program.


Contact Us

Study Abroad UC San Diego
409 UCtr, Suite 120
(on Matthews Quad)
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P: (858) 534-1123
F: (858) 822-5726
E: abroad@ucsd.edu

Mailing Address:
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0095
La Jolla, CA 92093-0095

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