Amidst the excitement and the prospect of going abroad, please keep in mind the following important steps that must be followed between now and your departure.
**VERY IMPORTANT** - Please read: OAP Notes (PDF)
You must have a valid passport to travel abroad. If you already have a passport, check the expiration date now. It must be valid 6 months beyond the end of your program. If you need to apply for or renew your U.S. passport, it may take as long as eight weeks, and a renewed passport will have a different number. UCSD Mail Services is the closest passport processing location. If you are not a US permanent resident, discuss with your advisor what paperwork you need to complete in order to re-enter the United States.
Be sure to obtain health insurance for your time abroad if your program doesn't provide it.
Refer to the San Diego Immunization Branch for more information on recommended immunizations and medications for the country you are going to. This site also lists contact information for travel physicians in San Diego County.
Make sure you have completed and submitted the OAP application on TritonsAbroad by the end of the 7th week of the quarter before you plan to go abroad.
If you will be abroad for more than one quarter, you will also need to complete an online readmission application.
Make sure you embark on your study abroad having prepared for all of your mental health considerations. Watch this informative video about mental health and study abroad:
*Note: This video was produced by UCEAP, but is relevant to all UC San Diego students about to embark on a study abroad experience. Be sure to check with your OAP provider for any additional resources regarding mental health and personal wellness.
As a requirement of participation in study abroad at UC San Diego students must first complete an online general orientation prior to departure. The orientation should take about an hour to complete, and participation will be recorded and is a requirement of study abroad.
DUE DATE TO COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION: December 15th of Fall Quarter (for Winter/Spring departures), and June 15th of Spring Quarter (for Summer/Fall Departures)
Directions to access the online orientation. Please read the following directions carefully:
Tips for success: Use a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices are not supported. Recommended browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. You may exit and re-enter the module at any time and resume where you left off. The self-check questions contained in the orientation are not graded; only your completion of the orientation will be recorded.
At the end of the orientation click on the Submit button to record your completion of the orientation. There is no need to contact the Study Abroad Office to confirm participation. (If you experience technical difficulties or trouble accessing the orientation, please contact the Study Abroad Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Moodle Link: https://moodle.ucsd.edu/
Access Code: 726