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Here at UCSD, you have 3 primary ways to go abroad:

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UCEAP (UC Education Abroad Program)

  • UC systemwide program; students from all UC campuses attend with you
  • Programs are hosted by the UC system
  • Academic credits earned are UC units and will factor in to your UC GPA  
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UC San Diego Global Seminars

  • UC San Diego's own faculty-led Summer Session programs abroad
  • Two UCSD courses taught (in English) by UCSD faculty
  • Academic credits earned are UC units and will factor in to your UC GPA
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OAP (Opportunities Abroad Program)

  • Study through UCSD affiliated progam partners, another US institution's program abroad, or direct-enroll in a university abroad
  • Academic credits earned will be posted to your Academic History as Transfer units

Plus, there are a couple of other options to consider when going abroad:

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UC Quarter and Summer Programs

  • Quarter and Summer session programs administered by other UC campuses
  • These programs will earn you UC credit
  • These programs are not administered by Study Abroad, UC San Diego
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More Ways to Go Abroad

  • Includes Alternative Breaks, UCSD Extension, and other Departmental programs.
  • Look for programs specific to working, interning, or volunteering abroad
  • These programs may be for academic credit or experience
  • These programs are not administered by Study Abroad, UC San Diego

When to Apply


You can never start researching your study abroad options too early. We suggest starting to look into going abroad at least one year before your desired departure date. Application deadlines can be as far in advance as 9 months before you actually leave, so you need to give yourself enough time to find a program and apply for it.

Here are some very general deadline dates depending on when you would like to go abroad:

  • Summer, Fall, Year:
    deadlines in January - February
  • Spring:
    deadlines in May - June

Again, these are very general and may not accurately describe every program. 

Compare UCEAP, UCSD Global Seminars, and OAP

Here are some charts to help you learn about the similarities and differences between the 3 main programs:

Comparison Chart

Detailed Comparison Chart

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) below to learn more about studying abroad in your major.


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.

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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