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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

UCEAP is one of the oldest and most reputable study abroad programs in the country. UCEAP programs offer UC credit, grades, and financial aid. Program options include immersion, special focus study, language & culture, internships, research, as well as various program terms and lengths. Through coursework, immersive language study, educational trips, internships, and research, you will have the opportunity to explore new cultures, gain valuable professional training, and become globally conscious and involved. UCEAP offers UC students study abroad opportunities in:

  • 40+ countries around the world;
  • 100+ international partner universities;
  • 400+ Summer, Semester, and Year-long program options.

UC Education Abroad Program

UCEAP is the University of California's official study abroad program provider and a global leader in international education for over 50 years. All the benefits of home—UC credit, grades, and financial aid—travel with you.

UCEAP Homepage

UCEAP Digital Viewbook

Explore UCEAP's programs with videos, animated infographics, a virtual world tour, and program matches by personality. Check out the Viewbook!

Explore the Viewbook

Choosing A Program

Begin your search by completing First Steps online or in person. Then meet with an advisor to go over program options and to discuss your personal and academic goals. Some questions to ask yourself: 

  • What are you trying to achieve academically while abroad?
  • Do you aspire to take courses toward your major, general education, personal enrichment, or all of the above?
  • Do you want to take courses in English, continue learning another language, or learn a new language?
  • How long would you like to study abroad and what term? Summer, Quarter, Semester, or Year?
  • Are you comfortable taking classes immersed in a foreign university, or would you prefer to stick with a group of UC students?
  • Would you like the UCEAP program you select to have an internship component?
  • Ready to get started? Use the “Find A Program” tab on the UCEAP website to start your search.

UCEAP Application Deadlines

A list of UCEAP application deadlines for current-cycle programs.

See the Deadlines

UCEAP Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about UCEAP? We have the answer. Check out our most frequently asked questions.


10 Steps to Apply

A step-by-step guide to applying to a UCEAP program.

How to Apply

Types of UCEAP Programs

UC Study Centers: Courses are taught according to a UC curriculum, often with a particular theme or academic focus.

Immersion: Take host university courses with local and international students.

Multi-City Programs: Study in multiple locations, visiting local establishments including social, government, and non-government organizations.

Language & Culture/ Language Study Programs: Instruction focused on language acquisition and culture study.

Internships Abroad: A full-time internship or required internship built into the curriculum.

Research Abroad: Full-time research or required research built into the curriculum.

Themed Programs

Browse themed programs designed for specific disciplines.

Programs by Theme

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


Check out UCEAP's Blog 'The Californian Abroad', the "go-to hub for UC students who love to travel, connect with other cultures and inspire others to live life fully."

The Californian Abroad