Welcome UCI Parents and Families

Study abroad can be an exciting and unique chapter in a UCI student’s undergraduate education.

Moreover, for many students, study abroad is a life-changing experience, a time of tremendous academic and personal growth. Students are sometimes reluctant to study abroad (and parents are sometimes reluctant to support their child’s decision to study abroad) because they are concerned about missing out on the complete UCI experience. Based on reports from students, we can assure you that studying abroad enhances rather than detracts from the UCI experience.

Just a glance at study abroad evaluations reveals that UCI students almost universally recommend their study abroad experiences. They return from their time abroad with fresh perspectives on their UCI experience–academically energized and possessing a broader perspective on the world and their own life, academic and otherwise.

We encourage you to explore this website to learn more about studying abroad in the context of a UCI education. You can help your student as they embark on this journey by becoming informed about various issues, including UCI’s study abroad policies and procedures, health and safety, cultural adjustment, etc.

Feel free to request information about specific programs and to contact the UCI Study Abroad Center with questions.