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Academics Abroad

Take courses that count. Do that internship. Make Study Abroad work for your Academics.

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Three steps towards academic planning

With planning, you can take classes abroad in your major or to fulfill college GEs and graduate on time! Even if your major is very specific or your study plan is already completely full, there are programs in the summer, internships, and other opportunities that may meet your academic interests.

 

Step #1: Find Your Major Advising Page (MAP):

MAPS are your one-stop study abroad resource page to help you find a study abroad adventure that fits within your academic major or area of interest. Major Advising Pages (MAPs) are listed below. Find and bookmark yours! 

 

Step #2: Use Your Search Tools:

The following are some tools to help you identify programs and courses that align with your academic goals. The first database lists where students in your major (or college) have previously taken programs; the following UCEAP databases list previously-taken courses for both UCSD and systemwide. This information can help you and your departments and advisors in advising and negotiating the course approval process. (Note: Your department and/or college will need to review and approve any options with you before departing.) 

Search Programs by UCSD Major

Search for previously taken programs by each UCSD department and college.

List of Programs

UCSD/UCEAP Campus credit database

Search for credits that UCSD students received for courses taken abroad through UCEAP (by department and college).

Campus Credit Database

UCEAP Course Catalog

Search for courses that UC students and alumni system wide have previously taken on UCEAP.

UCEAP Course Catalog

Step #3: Know Your 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

UC Education Abroad Program (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.

The UCSD Campus Credit Database for UCEAP Courses Taken Abroad helps students identify what types of credit (major, minor, general education, electives) UCSD students have received in the past for courses taken on UCEAP. This information will help guide students in choosing which UCEAP programs will best align with their academic goals, and aid departments and advisors in advising and negotiating the course approval process. Visit the database to search for courses and remember - be sure to discuss all course options with your appropriate advisor.

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.  

Opportunities Abroad Program (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.