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Opportunities Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad

Study abroad through another university or organization's program and earn transfer credit at UC San Diego.

Work, intern, or volunteer abroad

There are a growing number of options to get meaningful work and service learning experience abroad. See our Work, Intern, or Volunteer Abroad pages.

How to apply

Explore study abroad programs

UC San Diego students may choose from among hundreds of excellent OAP study abroad programs. Our advisers will assist you in finding the programs that fit your individual needs.

Affiliate study abroad programs

UC San Diego OAP affiliate programs are an excellent place to begin your search. All are members of professional organizations. This means they follow the highest standards for professionalism, academic rigor, health & safety support, and student satisfaction. UCSD students may be eligible for scholarships, program fee reductions or both, depending on the affiliate. These affiliate programs often offer study abroad locations or disciplines that are not available through EAP or Global Seminars. To learn more about OAP affiliate programs, consult the following websites:

Search for study abroad programs

In addition to the UCSD OAP affiliate programs, you may choose from many other well respected study abroad programs. The best way to find the right program for you is to use one or more of the following study abroad search engines. Once you have identified one or a few programs, research them based on course offerings, price, types of housing and meal plans, excursions, health and safety support, program dates and length of stay.

Frequently selected OAP programs by country

Review the security situation in your potential host country

Check out possible destinations before making a commitment or applying to the program. Consult the State Department website for country-specific information about security, crime, health and safety, political and cultural issues.

Pay particular attention if the country of interest to you has a State Department travel warning

If your desired destination is on the list of travel warnings please read our policy on student participation in countries with U.S. State Department Travel Warnings.

Pick up program literature

These can be obtained from the "Extras" section of the Programs Abroad Library, or download it from the program sponsor's website.

Complete UCSD OAP online application

If you intend to get transfer credit or use UC San Diego financial aid while abroad, you will need to complete the OAP online application through MyPAO. You must meet with a Programs Abroad advisor prior to starting the OAP online application.

Apply directly to the program sponsor

Your application may ask for signatures from your Programs Abroad advisor. If so, ask us in the appointment. You can usually pick up the signed form in 24 hours.

Some OAP providers may require students to obtain a judicial clearance or conduct check as a pre-requisite for admission to a study abroad program. Students should consult their Dean of Students or Resident Dean for this verification.

Complete pre-departure requirements

See the OAP Pre-Departure Requirements Checklist for information on academic planning for credit transfer, financial aid, scholarships, and orientations.

Pay the $100 study abroad administrative fee

This fee will appear on your UCSD bill once you have confirmed your participation in OAP with the Programs Abroad Office.

Contact PAO

Programs Abroad Office (PAO)
International Center, 2nd Floor
(map and directions)

Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: abroad@ucsd.edu

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