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Advising Services

Get Started:

First Steps will be your first advising session, providing an overview of our various program types, academic planning, financing/cost, choosing a location, timing your trip, and pursuing internships.

First Steps are offered via our 6-part First Steps video series - each 1 minute long - or via our live First Steps Zoom or in-person sessions (when offered).

Explore Programs: 

Your next steps will involve building on what you learned and exploring our programs further. You can research our program options on our Find A Program page.

Meet the Advisor:

Learn about UCEAP and other program Meet the Advisor Information Sessions:
Global Seminars Information Sessions: Meet the faculty leading each Global Seminar and learn about the program's courses, excursions, funding options, and the application process. 
'Fast 15' Drop In advising appointments. (Note: Drop In advising will continue to be virtual.)
Got a quick question? Ask it through the VAC (Virtual Advising Center).
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Virtual Front Desk

Hours for July 2022* (Pacific Standard Time):

  • Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

Visit our Virtual Front Desk to schedule an appointment (up to 30 minutes) with an advisor or to ask a peer advisor a general question. *Hours subject to change.

Zoom Front Desk

Virtual Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising: Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor in brief 15-minute advising sessions.

Starting August 1: Summer Drop-In Advising Hours: Mondays 1:00 - 2:00 PM.

Use the "Meet with Advisor" tab of the Virtual Advising Center to sign in.

How to sign in:

Note: You must sign in at least 15 minutes before the end of the advising period to meet with an advisor.

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Advising Resources: Program Selection & Application

How to Get Started

Take Your First Steps!

Before meeting with an advisor, it is important that you first learn the basics to studying abroad at UC San Diego. Visit our First Steps page to discover the questions that you need to be asking yourself as you begin the process.

How to Schedule An Advising Appointment

Have you completed First Steps? Great!

Now that you have a general idea about when you'd like to go, where you'd like to go, and what you'd like to take academically, it's time to talk to our advisors!

Contact us by visiting our front desk on Library Walk, zooming into our virtual front desk, or accessing the VAC to request a virtual advising appointment via Zoom. Virtual drop-in advising is also available.

How to Use VAC for Drop-In Advising

How to Create Your TritonsAbroad Account

TritonsAbroad is UC San Diego's Study Abroad application management system.

  • Set up your account on TritonsAbroad.

  • You will need to have a TritonsAbroad account in order to apply to a Study Abroad program.

  • Complete your interest profile, search for programs and locations, and apply for scholarships.

  • Once you select a program that you like, you can upload the program’s application and other important documents into your TritonsAbroad account.

How to Find Your Major Advising Page (MAP)

Major Advising Pages (MAPs) are available for most majors at UC San Diego. Find your MAP and use it as a guide in researching programs, selecting courses, and navigating the application process.

How to Search for Programs by UCSD Major and College

Search the Database: Study Abroad Programs by UC San Diego Department & College

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

How to Find a Program

You learned from First Steps that there are many program options to choose from at Study Abroad UC San Diego.

You can learn about all of the various study abroad programs at our Find A Program page.

How to Apply to a Program

Once you have identified a program and are ready to apply, you can find detailed application information on our How To Apply page. 

How to Pay for a Program

What a student ends up paying for study abroad can depend on the length of the program, the location of study, the program provider, the students' financial aid, scholarships received, etc.

Learn more about Financial Aid and Scholarships - how they work and how they can help finance your journey abroad.

How to Find Pre-Departure Requirements

You have applied and been accepted to a program - congratulations! Don't forget about all of your Pre-Departure Requirements.

Advising Resources: Student Specific Populations

How to Study Abroad as an International Student

Are you an international student who is considering study abroad? Be sure to check out the International Students and Study Abroad information page:

International Students and Study Abroad

*Important: International students in F and J visa status are encouraged to start preparing early if they are interested in studying abroad while at UC San Diego. It is recommended that you begin researching and applying for study abroad opportunities at least one year prior to your expected study abroad start date. Click on the link above to review all steps to understanding how studying abroad may affect your status.

How to Study Abroad as an Undocumented Student

Are you an undocument student with DACA who is considering studying abroad? Currently, only undocumented students with DACA may apply for Advance Parole to study abroad. Be sure to book an appointment with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center attorney, Andrés Lemons to discuss if traveling is safe for you.


Students with DACA who would like to study abroad are highly encouraged to prepare a minimum of 10-12 months before their trip abroad as applying for Advance Parole takes a minimum of six months.

How to Study Abroad as an Engineering Student

A Guide to Study Abroad for Engineering Students.

How to Study Abroad as a Transfer Student

A Guide to Study Abroad for Transfer Students.

How to Study Abroad as a Black Student

Visit Study Abroad's BlackAbroad Page. Uplifting Black voices through travel narratives and providing resources, writing, and inspiration for Black Tritons venturing abroad.

How to Study Abroad While Celebrating Diversity & Identity

Visit Study Abroad's Diversity & Identity Page, which includes links to student's stories, our BlackAbroad page, resources, and more!

Engineering Students

An advising resource guide to help engineering students study abroad.

Engineers Abroad

Transfer Students

Transfer and Reentry students CAN study abroad! Be well organized. Plan early. Make it happen!

Transfers Abroad

Advising Resources: UCEAP Specific Information

How to Look Up UCEAP Application Deadlines

Visit the UCEAP Application Deadlines Page for up to date deadlines for UCEAP programs.

How to Search for Courses Previously Taken on UCEAP

Search the UCEAP Course Catalog

The UCEAP Course Catalog allows students to search for courses that UC students and alumni (system wide) have previously taken on UCEAP. 

To review all courses potentially available to students on any UCEAP program, go to that  program's page and select the 'Academics' tab. There you can find links to all of a program's courses

How to Search for Courses Previously Taken by UCSD Students on UCEAP

Search UCEAP's Campus Credit Database for UC San Diego

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

How to Get Answers: UCEAP Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Questions. Application Questions. Program Questions. Academic Questions. Financial Questions. It's all at UCEAP's Frequently Asked Questions Page.