Study Abroad

Study Abroad Students

Before Departure

While Abroad

Upon Return

BEFORE DEPARTURE

Visit the Study Abroad Center office or website

Use the “What programs are best for my major, minor, or GEs” section of the Study Abroad Center’s Choose Your Program page to help narrow down your program search.

Know the requirements you need to fulfill.

Locate the course offerings of the program you are considering. 

        • Print out course descriptions and determine if the courses offered seem roughly equivalent to the courses you need to fulfill requirements. Compare course titles, course descriptions, levels (i.e. upper- or lower-division), etc.
                • For EAP - Use the EAP Course Catalogue to look up course descriptions.
                • For Independent Programs - Most course descriptions are accessible from the program's web site.
        • Remember that in order for courses to be approved for use in your major, the content must be approved by the department, and the courses must be at least four quarter units, upper-division, and taken for a letter grade.
        • If you cannot find the course offerings or you cannot figure out whether or not the courses are similar to the courses you need, make an appointment with a SAC Staff Advisor.

Go to the Study Abroad Center to obtain an EAP application or Independent Programs forms and information

Fill out any forms you need in addition to the application.  

        • For EAP - You will need to 1) review the Humanities EAP Guidelines, 2) submit the information for the program to which you are applying, and 3) print out a copy to turn in to the Study Abroad Center along with your EAP application.
        • For Independent Programs - You will need to fill out and submit an International Study Advance Contract.  This process can take up to 8 weeks.

Optional: make an appointment to meet with an Academic Counselor in the Humanities Counseling Office to review your proposed study plan.  You should bring your completed EAP Academic Planning Form or Independent Programs International Study Advance Contract, and copies of all course descriptions. 

Optional: meet with your faculty advisor or the undergraduate chair in the department of your major to discuss whether or not courses are likely to meet specific requirements and whether petitions are likely to be approved upon your return.

WHILE ABROAD

Keep all work done in classes for which you expect to get credit towards specific requirements. Also keep course descriptions, syllabi, and reading lists. (If you take a course that does not have a syllabus, keep track of all readings, topics covered in class, papers written, and exams taken.)

Bring ALL of the above back to UCI with you to submit with your petitions. 

UPON RETURN

After credit has been posted to your UCI transcript, file any necessary petitions with the appropriate departments.

        • Pick up or download the Study Abroad Petition.
        • Obtain preliminary approval from the appropriate department (e.g. department of your major); make sure to include course work, course descriptions, syllabi and reading lists with the petition.
        • Remember that for courses to be approved for use in your major, the content must be approved by the department, and the courses must be at least four quarter units, upper-division, and taken for a letter grade.