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Yes!  You can receive credit (units) at UCI for courses taken abroad.  The below explains how credit applies for each program option.

“Getting credit” and “fulfilling degree requirements” are two different things:
Getting Credit = how many units will post on your UCI transcript for your courses abroad.
Fulfilling Degree Requirements = whether or not the courses abroad will apply toward your UCI major, minor, or GE requirements.

Credit limitations: 
Credit can only be granted for courses that are UC equivalent (e.g. no credit for Wine Tasting, Fashion Design).  No credit for courses that are duplicate of, prerequisite to, or more elementary than courses already taken at UCI, any other collegiate institution, high school language courses, or even AP language exam results.

UCEAP

  • You will receive UC credit (units, course titles, and grades will post on your UCI transcript)
  • Grades will average into your UCI GPA
  • You can get credit for an internship if it will be listed on your UCI transcript

Other UC Programs

  • You will receive UC credit (units will post on your UCI transcript; course titles and grades will post on the transcript of the Other UC campus)
  • Grades will average into your UCI GPA
  • Credit for internships are on a case-by-case basis

Independent Programs – Study Option

  • You may receive transfer credit (units post on your UCI transcript; course titles and grades will post on the transcript of the host institution)
  • Grades will not average into your UCI GPA
  • The transcript provided by the Independent Program must be from an accredited U.S. or foreign college or university (not a Center, Institute, Academy, etc)
  • Credit is determined upon return, unless you participate in one of our pre-approved programs from the Independent Program Shortlist
  • There are no limits to the total number of units that can be transferred to UCI from a 4-year U.S. accredited institution
  • Credit for internships are on a case-by-case basis

Independent Programs – Non-Study Option

  • You cannot receive credit for non-study programs

Yes!  You can fulfill UCI degree requirements (major, minor, or GE) with courses taken abroad.  First, choose a program by using the resources at Get Started.  After choosing a program, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Course List Worksheet
  2. Follow your School’s Course Approval Process

The UCI Residence Requirement states that students must take 36 of their final 45 units of work immediately preceding graduation in residence at UCI (See the UCI Catalog for details). The following is how the university residence requirement applies to students studying abroad.  Note that this is distinct from any residency requirements your major or minor may have (see your Academic Counselor in the School of your Major for these details).

UCEAP:

  • Students studying abroad on UCEAP are considered “in-residence”.
  • If you plan to study abroad the summer immediately following your senior year, you must postpone your official graduation date until the end of summer. Contact an Academic Counselor in the School of your major to see if it is still possible to participate in commencement ceremony prior to studying abroad.

Other UC Programs & Independent Programs Study Option: