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With almost endless program options, you can go anywhere and study anything!

Here at UC San Diego, there are several ways to go abroad:

Virtual Study Abroad

UCEAP (UC Education Abroad Program)

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Visit the UCEAP website

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

Learn more about Global Seminars at UC San Diego

OAP (Opportunities Abroad Program)

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

Learn more about OAP at UC San Diego


Global Exchange

  • UC San Diego has bilateral partnership agreements with universities in Germany, Mexico, and Australia
  • You'll pay UC San Diego fees while you study abroad at another institution
  • Courses may fulfill major department and college requirements

Learn more about UC San Diego's Global Exchange programs

UC Quarter and Summer Programs

  • Academic programs administered by other UC campuses
  • These programs will earn you UC credit
  • These programs are not administered by Study Abroad UC San Diego

Learn more about UC quarter and summer programs

More Ways to Go Abroad

  • Includes Alternative Breaks, UCSD Extension, and other academic department 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

Learn more about these additional ways to go abroad

More Information

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. 

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) to learn more about studying abroad in your specific major or area of interest.

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:

Compare UCEAP, UCSD Global Seminars, and OAP

 Compare UCEAP, UCSD Global Seminars, and OAP

International Students Considering Study Abroad

The International Students and Study Abroad information page can be found here:

International Students and Study Abroad

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.