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Learn about going abroad in your major, course credits, and grades.

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Study Abroad in Your Major

With planning, you can take classes abroad in your major and graduate on time! Even if your major is very specific or your 4-year plan is already completely full, there are programs in the summer, internships, and other opportunities that may meet your academic interests.

Check out our Major Advising Pages (MAPS) to learn more about studying abroad in your academic major or area of interest.

Tip: Bookmark your Major Advising Page (below) and use it to access UCEAP course databases, your major's study abroad page, and information about how to choose & get approval for courses.

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.

UCSD Campus Credit Database for UCEAP Courses Taken Abroad. The UCSD Campus Credit Abroad database 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.