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Step 2: Research Programs

There is a world of programs available to you, but which one is YOUR best fit?

Now that you have thought about your reasons and goals for going abroad (if you haven't, go back to Step 1: First Steps), you can start researching your various program options. 

Study Abroad in Your Major

Check out our Major Advising Pages (MAPS) to learn more about studying abroad in your major.

*Note: Not all majors currently have a MAP available but you can still study abroad in that discipline! This is just an information sheet, you can always meet with an advisor to discuss program options by discipline or country of interest. 

Search by Program Type

There are three main types of programs (each with their own set of locations, requirements, and other options):

UCEAP Programs

UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)

  • UC systemwide program; students from all UC campuses attend with you
  • Programs are hosted by the UC system
  • Academic credits earned are UC units and will factor in to your UC GPA  
Global Seminars Programs

UCSD Global Seminars (GS)

  • 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
OAP Programs

Opportunities Abroad Programs (OAP)

  • Study through UCSD affiliated progam partners, another US institution's program abroad, or direct-enroll in a university abroad
  • Academic credits earned will be posted to your Academic History as Transfer units
WIV Programs

Work, Intern, or Volunteer Abroad (WIV)

  • Look for programs specific to working, interning, or volunteering abroad
  • These programs usually do not carry academic credit
Departmental Programs

Even More Ways to Get Abroad

  • Includes Alternative Breaks, UCSD Extension, Departmental programs, and other UC summer session programs
  • These programs may be for academic credit or experience
  • These programs are not administered by the Programs Abroad Office

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