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Choose Your Program

The information below can help you choose a program. Program details are available on the Program Options page.

Academics

Can I get credit?

Important Note:  “Getting credit” and “fulfilling degree requirements” are two separate things:

  • Getting Credit refers to how units (and course titles and grades) appear on your UCI transcript.
  • Fulfilling Degree Requirements refers to whether or not the courses you take abroad can be applied toward your major, minor, or GE requirements for graduation.

UCEAP: You will receive UC credit. Units, course titles, and grades are posted on your UCI transcript. The grades received abroad are averaged into your UCI GPA.

Other UC Programs: You will receive UC credit.  Units and the GPA for the term you abroad are posted on your UCI transcript. The grades received abroad are averaged into your UCI GPA. Course titles and grades will appear separately, on the transcript from the UC campus offering your program.

Independent Programs – Study Option: You are eligible to receive transfer credit if the transcript provided by the Independent Program is from an accredited U.S. or foreign college or university (not a Center, Institute, Academy, etc.).  Transfer credit listed on your UCI transcript will include units, only. Grades received abroad are not averaged into your UCI GPA. Course titles and grades are posted on the transcript from the host institution.  There are no limits to the total number of units that can be transferred to UCI from a 4-year U.S. accredited institution.

Independent Programs – Non-Study Option: You cannot receive credit for non-study programs.

Note:  You cannot receive credit for courses abroad that are duplicate of, prerequisite to, or more elementary than courses taken at UCI, any other collegiate institution, high school language courses, or AP language exam results.

You can fulfill degree requirements (major, minor, or GE) on study programs through UCEAP, UCI Programs, Other UC Programs, and Independent Programs by following these 5 steps:

  1. Know your degree requirements.  See the UCI Catalog.  As needed, use the Academic Planning Worksheet to track requirements you have completed and requirements you still need to complete.
  2. Locate the courses offered on your chosen study abroad program.  Most are accessible from the program’s website.
  3. Compare the course(s) offered abroad to the course(s) you need to fulfill your requirements to determine if they seem roughly equivalent. Compare course titles, descriptions, levels (i.e. upper or lower division), etc.
  4. Final Approval:  Make a list or spreadsheet including the course(s) you plan to take abroad and the degree requirement(s) you anticipate each course will fulfill. Then follow the process outlined on the Academic Advising and Approval Process page for the School of your major.

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 specific 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.

Independent Programs Study option & Other UC Programs:

To find your academic advisor for study abroad advising please visit our Academic Counselor page.

You can only get credit for an internship if it is completed on a UCEAP or Other UC program and is listed on your transcript. You cannot receive credit for an internship completed through an Independent Program.

Finances

The cost of each study abroad program is different and is available on the program’s website.  Study abroad programs may cost more, less or the same as studying for the same period of time at UCI.  Play close attention to what the cost includes.  Look for tuition, housing, meals, airfare, location transportation, books, supplies, personal incidentals, etc.

You do not double pay.  For the terms you are abroad, you pay your study abroad program fees directly to your program provider instead of paying registration fees to UCI.  Prior to departure  check your Zot Account online to make sure you do not owe any money to UCI (library fines, lab fees, housing fees, USHIP Fee, etc.). Pay any outstanding fees to UCI, including USHIP if you do not typically waive out, before the fee payment deadline.

Yes!! Financial Aid eligibility criteria are the same when studying abroad or studying at UCI. Note: in order to receive financial aid you must receive credit. Your financial aid award (scholarships, grants, and/or loans) will be adjusted to cover the total cost of participation in the study abroad program you choose. Sources of aid and procedures vary depending on the study abroad program option you choose. Review and carefully consider the below when choosing a program abroad.

If you have questions about your individual financial aid eligibility, contact a Financial Aid Counselor in the Financial Aid Office at eapfa@uci.edu.

Study Abroad Program Option


Financial Aid Available


Scholarships Available


Action


UCEAP

Fall/Winter/Spring
All Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, and loans – except work-study. Details.
YesComplete the FAFSA as usual. Students will automatically be contacted by the Financial Aid Office and notified of their revised financial aid award approximately 1-3 months before departure on UCEAP.
UCEAP

Summer
Very Limited Financial Aid

Almost all loans and possibly very small grants. Details. Funding is the same as for UCI Summer Session.We encourage all students to estimate their financial aid eligibility for Summer Session online. Log into My Aid and select “Summer Session Financial Aid.” Students may accept unused loans from the current year by June 1st to use while abroad.
YesDo NOT complete the summer financial aid application. Your award will be based off of your current academic year FAFSA. Students will automatically be contacted by the Financial Aid Office and notified of their revised financial aid award approximately 1-3 months before departure on UCEAP.

Log into My Aid to accept previously offered loans.

Other UC Programs

Fall/Winter/Spring
All Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, and loans – except work-study.
YesUC Davis is the only campus currectly offering such programs. Contact UC Davis Quarter Abroad for details.
Other UC Programs

Summer
Very Limited Financial Aid

Almost all loans and possibly very small grants. Funding is the same as for UCI Summer Session. We encourage all students to estimate their financial aid eligibility for Summer Session online. Log into My Aid and select “Summer Session Financial Aid.” Students may accept unused loans from the current year by June 1st to use while abroad.
Yes but very limitedComplete a Summer Session Financial Aid Application. Follow the instructions given under “Summer Session at another UC Campus.”

Log into My Aid to accept previously offered loans.

Independent Programs Study


Fall/Winter/Spring
Most Financial Aid

Pell and Cal grants, scholarships, and loans – except University grants and work-study. Details.

Yes1. Complete the FAFSA

2. Read the Independent Program(s) Financial Aid website to determine if you and your program meet the initial criteria to receive aid.


3. Meet with the Independent Program(s) Financial Aid Counselor in 102 Aldrich Hall for further instructions.


4. Immediately after completing steps 1-3, submit the Independent Programs Academic Planning Tool Request form to initiate the financial aid process for your program.

Independent Programs Study

Summer

No New Financial Aid (If summer program is less than 10 weeks.)

Students may accept unused loans form the current year by June 1st to use while abroad.
Yes but very limitedLog into My Aid to accept previously offered loans

Yes, you can!  Last year, UCI students studying abroad received over $316,000 in study abroad scholarships! Even one scholarship can make a difference! A $1,000 scholarship covers most airfare. Hear from past participants how YOU can fund YOUR study abroad program!

Find scholarships available for your study abroad program option in the chart below.  Sort by clicking on the header for your program type.  Click on each link for scholarship eligibility requirements and application information.  Review our scholarship tips.  Apply to all for which you are eligible!

Scholarship
UCEAP
Fall/Winter/Spring
UCEAP
Summer
Independent Programs Study & Other UC Programs
Fall/Winter/Spring
Independent Programs Study & Other UC Programs
Summer
UCEAP SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Many scholarships with various requirements.
  • Review all scholarships and apply to those for which you are eligible
  • Application Tips
Application Deadline:
  • Summer Programs: Mid-February
  • Fall/Year Programs: Mid-March
  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-September
UCI UCEAP GRANT
  • All UCEAP participants who apply for UCI financial aid (i.e. complete and submit the FAFSA will be automatically considered(NO application required)

  • Awarded by the UCI Financial Aid Office

  • Recipients will be notified by the UCI Financial Aid Office 1-3 months prior to their departure on UCEAP
BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPApplication Deadlines:
  • Summer Programs: Early-October and Early March
  • Fall/Year Programs: Early-March
  • Winter/Spring Programs: early-October
FRIENDS OF STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall/Year Programs: Early-March

  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-October

BLACK LIVES MATTER ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Fall/Year Programs: Late-March

  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-October

RAAD HERMES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Fall/Year Programs: Late-March

  • Winter/Spring Programs: Mid-October

UCI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
UCI SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Late-March
UCI GERMAN DEPARTMENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:
  • Early-May
UCI-SEMESTER AT SEA SCHOLARSHIP
  • For students participating on Semester at Sea Program
Application Deadline:
  • Summer: Late-April

  • Fall: Early-June

  • Spring: Late-October

LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE UCI OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Not specifically for studying abroad, but can be applied to UC programs abroad
  • Complete online applications through UCI My Aid
  • Scholarships with separate applications will have details about application submission on the website above
Application Deadline:
  • Late-March
LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS
  • Not all categories are specifically for studying abroad, but funds may be used for your program
  • Review all categories that apply to you, including the "Study Abroad" category
  • Scholarships are extremely limited for summer programs. Summer participants may wish to search the “Essay Contest” category.

Examples include:Application Deadline:
  • Various
OTHER UC PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Students on Other UC Programs should check with their program for scholarships administered by their provider

Example:

  • UC Davis Study Abroad offers awards ranging from $500-$2000 ($80,000 total available for summer participants)
Application Deadline:
  • Various

INDEPENDENT PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Students on Independent Programs should check with their Independent Programs provider for scholarships administered by their provider

Examples:

  • IES offers an automatic $2,000 Public University Grant for UCI students going on their programs during the academic year

  • Panrimo offers an automatic $500 scholarship to UCI students going on their programs and various others from $100-$2,000

  • SAI Programs offer awards ranging from $200-$300 (3 awards specifically set aside for UCI students)
Application Deadline:
  • Various

MORE FUNDING IDEAS
  • Creative ways to gain additional funding for your study abroad experience

Yes, it is! If you can afford to study here at UCI, you can afford to study abroad. Below is a comparison of the cost of a half year spent at UCI versus a half year spent abroad in several countries, for example. In some cases, studying abroad can even be cheaper than attending UCI.

Half a year at UCI: $16,250

UCI Quarter: $10,800
UCI Year: $32,500

Source: Rounded estimates from the UCI Financial Aid Office
Includes all costs for CA residents living off campus (tuition, housing, books, etc)*

Sample UCEAP semester costs:

Source: UCEAP (selected examples below, others at www.eap.ucop.edu)

Includes all costs for CA residents (tuition, airfare, housing, meals, etc.)*

Chile $18,000 Mexico $11-14,000
China $12-13,500 New Zealand $14-15,500
France $14-17,000 Norway $14,000
Ghana $16,900 Singapore $13,000
Hong Kong $11-12,500 Spain $13-20,000
India $16-18,600 Sweden $14,000
Italy $15,500 Thailand $11,300
Korea $14,000 United Kingdom $14-27,600

Information correct at time of printing.
*Non-residents must add non-resident tuition

Yes.  Contact the UCI Financial Aid Office at eapfa@uci.edu and the Veterans Services Office to find out how your fee waiver will apply to your study abroad program.  Be prepared to provide specific details about your study abroad program.

Resources to Choose Your Program

Knowing some of the goals you want to achieve while abroad can help you choose a program. Some common goals include:

  • To earn academic credit making regular progress towards my UCI degree
  • To learn (or improve) a language
  • To gain experience related to your intended career
  • To learn about a different country and culture
  • To learn about your heritage/family roots
  • To have a completely new and challenging experience
  • To study abroad on an affordable program

Determine which goals are most important to you and let that guide you as you consider programs options.

Use this Program Comparison Worksheet to research and compare different programs with your goals in mind.

Use this Academic Planning Worksheet to help you figure out the best time to study abroad.

A list of students who have participated in study abroad programs in the past can be found on our returnee list. This list provides you with contact information from students who have gone abroad in the past as well as international students who are happy to help answer any questions you might have about studying abroad.

In addition, reach out to our Generation Study Abroad Advisors to hear about their experience abroad. Generation Study Abroad Ambassadors are study abroad returnees who share their experiences abroad with student groups on campus and youth groups in their home communities with the goal to increase the number and diversity of U.S. college students studying abroad.

These sessions led by Study Abroad Center Staff and returnees provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the Study Abroad experience.

Dates for these sessions can be found on our events calendar.

Explore this Diversity Guide to learn more about how your identity may be impacted during your experience abroad.

Need Help?

Visit our Office – receive one-on-one assistance from peer and staff advisors.

  • Peer Advisors can help you get started, direct you to helpful online resources, and answer questions related to their own time abroad.
  • Staff Advisors can assist you when you have specific questions, concerns, or just can’t seem to narrow down your choices.