UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is the University of California’s official study abroad program provider and a global leader in international education for over 50 years. All the benefits of home—UC credit, grades, and financial aid—travel with you. Start your journey with UCEAP by exploring the viewbook.

UCEAP offers UC students study abroad opportunities in:

  • 46 countries around the world
  • 420 Summer, Semester and Year-long program options
  • Internships, volunteer work, and research programs

Types of UCEAP Programs

Immersion: Take host university courses with local and international students

UC Study Centers: Courses are taught according to a UC curriculum, often with a particular theme or academic focus.

Multi-City Programs: Study in multiple locations, visiting local establishments including social, government, and non-government organizations

Language & Culture/ Language Study Programs: Instruction focused on language acquisition and culture study

Internships Abroad: A full-time internship or required internship built into the curriculum

Research Abroad: Full-time research or required research built into the curriculum

Themed and Major-Specific: Programs designed for specific disciplines

Forms and Guides


Contact UCEAP

While UCSC Global Learning can advise you on general questions, UCEAP staff can assist with more specific questions once you are applying or nominated into a program.

To book an appointment with a UCEAP Advisor please visit this link.

See UCEAP Advising. 

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning vs. UCEAP

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning: Your campus Global Learning office, located in the Division of Global Engagement.

UCEAP: The study abroad organization based in Goleta, California that works with students from all University of California campuses.


Apply to UCEAP

  1. Complete your Profile in the Global Learning Portal and review the UCSC Deadlines and program capacity*
  2. Submit the UCEAP Application in the UCEAP Portal
    • Applications for UCEAP 2024-2025 summer, fall, and academic year programs will open in the UCEAP Portal on November 1, 2023.
    • Applications for UCEAP 2025 winter, spring, and calendar year programs will open in the UCEAP Portal on November 1, 2023, with a limited number of programs opening on April 15, 2024
  3. Submit the UCEAP Nomination Form in the UCSC Global Learning Portal
    • The UCEAP Nomination Form is a UCSC-specific requirement. The form opens for the upcoming Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs on November 1st at 12:00 p.m. It opens on April 15th at 12:00 p.m. for Winter, Spring, and Calendar Year Programs.
      • As part of this form, you will need to complete a Global Learning Approval (GLA) form which requires approval from your Major/Minor and College advisors.
      • This step can take 2-3 weeks so start early! Once you open the form, go to “Share” at the top right-hand corner of the GLAF Google sheet and go to General Access > “Anyone with the link” and change the “Viewer” access to “Editor” access to ensure that your advisors can edit it. After the GLA Form is e-signed by all of your advisors, share the link in the Academic Planning and Approval section of your UCEAP Nomination Form in the Global Learning Portal. 

Download our UCEAP Application Guide!

*Apply soon for Limited Capacity programs which close when capacity is met. Do not submit the UCEAP nomination form in the Global Learning Portal after the deadline. Late registrations will be declined and nomination fees are Non-Refundable.

Nomination Results

  • Nomination forms are processed within 3 weeks of submission

Nomination Fee

There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCSC Global Learning Nomination Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account about 8 weeks after you submit your UCEAP Nomination Form in the Global Learning Portal.


UCEAP Video Library

This video library is a collection of videos produced for the 2020 Fall UCEAP Study Abroad Fair by UCEAP staff for students across the UC system. Please view the UCEAP website for the most up-to-date information. 

General Videos

Exploring Programs By Field of Study

Exploring Programs by Region