Choosing a Program
- What kinds of things should I think about when I choose a program?
UCEAP has over 350 programs, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed! Before you get started, it’s important to think about your goals for studying abroad, so you don’t lose track of that when you’re looking at all the options.
Academics and Professional Factors
- What are you trying to achieve academically while you are abroad? Do you aspire to take courses toward your UC Davis major, general education requirements, for personal enrichment, or all of the above?
- Do you speak any other languages? Are you interested in taking language courses abroad?
- How long would you like to go abroad? Quarter, semester, or year?
- When would you like to go abroad? Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring?
- Are you comfortable taking classes immersed in a foreign university, or would you prefer to stick with a group of UC students?
- Would you like the UCEAP program you select to have an internship component?
- Are you interested in a specific region of the world?
- Do you have a specific type of living situation that you prefer?
- What type of city do you prefer? Large, small, metropolitan, rural, etc?
- Every program is different. How do I find programs that have what I am looking for?
The Advanced Program Search on the UCEAP website is a very helpful way of narrowing down your options. You can select as many or as few countries and subject areas as you want, your preferred language, time frame, and course level.
When selecting course level, choose the level in school you’ll be when you go abroad, not the level you currently are. Freshman standing is 0-45 units, sophomore 45-90 units, junior 90-145, senior 145+.
Once you’ve done the initial search, you are also able to filter by GPA eligibility.
- On the UCEAP website, are “Fall”, “Spring” and “Year” the same as UC Davis dates?
Not necessarily. Pay close attention to the program calendar on the overview page of each program. Because most foreign universities run on a semester system, “Fall” and “Spring” don’t just mean fall and spring quarter here at Davis.
- “Fall” usually means a semester that starts in mid-August and ends in December, so you will be absent for fall quarter at UC Davis and return in time for winter quarter.
- “Spring” usually means a semester that starts in January or mid-February and ends sometime in May or June. You will usually miss winter and spring quarters at UC Davis.
This is not true for every program, so look at the calendar. Important exceptions include several programs in Spain, Germany, Taiwan and Japan, amongst others.
- Does UCEAP have summer programs?
Yes, they do! The easiest way to find them all in one place is to select the ‘Summer” button on the Advanced search function.
Summer programs can range from an international summer school with many course options available to programs with pre-set course offerings. Intensive language, internship and laboratory research programs are also available.
UCEAP Summer programs can oftentimes run longer in length (6-9 weeks) than UC Davis Summer Abroad programs (4 weeks). They also offer variable number of units, whereas all UC Davis Summer Abroad programs offer 8 units (except the internships, for 6).
- Can I intern, volunteer, or do lab research with UCEAP?
Every program has different parameters for these opportunities.
Some UCEAP programs revolve around a required internship, research, or volunteer opportunity. Others have the option of adding these elements on top of your coursework. Oftentimes you need to take your own initiative to find an internship in the local community in the same way you would here at UC Davis. In some locations (eg., Chile, Mexico or Shanghai), the study center can help set you up with an internship or volunteer opportunity.
Many programs have an “Internships” tab on their main Overview page. Make sure to look here to learn about what is available. If you do not see one, check the bottom of your Courses & Credit tab to see if it is possible for you to do an internship on the program.
- How do I know the exact dates of my program?
Most UCEAP programs are based around the calendars of foreign universities. Because you must apply to programs so far in advance, oftentimes the official calendars are not yet posted.
To get a good idea of what the program dates will be, go to the link, “Pre departure checklists, calendars and budgets” on the right hand side of the overview page. Follow the link to the program you’re interested in for this current year. If you click the link for the next year (when you would actually go), it is likely nothing be posted yet. Most program calendars are posted only a few months before the program start date, well after the application period.
The tab “Calendars” will have the exact program dates for this current year. That should give you a rough idea of the dates for your program the following year.
For those that have enrolled: do not purchase a flight until your program calendar is posted.
- What is an ILP? How about a pre-ILP?
ILP stands for “Intensive Language Program”. You will find this option for programs where you will be taking coursework in foreign languages. This is language-intensive training to strengthen your language ability before entering into a university classroom. Students have reported local professors can have regional accents, speak quickly, or use local jargon, all of which can pose a challenge to non-native speakers. The ILP will prepare you for this.
Most ILPs are mandatory, but some programs have optional ILPs. In these circumstances, UC Davis Study Abroad strongly encourages you to attend these ILPs. They are not only very helpful but also provide a framework of support with other UC friends, and a time to familiarize yourself with your host country before starting classes at your university.
An optional pre-ILP exists in some countries (eg. Spain) for students that don’t quite meet the language requirement (but are close), or really want a lot more practice to strengthen their language skills. It will bring them up to speed with the other students in time for the ILP.
- How do I get major or minor credit on UCEAP?
- The information below should provide you with guidelines. Visit the Academics page for more information and feel free to drop by the UC Davis Study Abroad office if you are unclear about this process.
Every UCEAP program has different types of course offerings; some have limited options or are pre-set for you, but most programs allow you to select from a wide variety of courses offered by the host university.
At the time of application, it is not always possible to tell exactly what courses will be offered the following academic year. You should use the current course listings on the host university website, as well as descriptions of past courses taken in the MyEAP Course Catalogue, to determine if this university has decent offerings in your subject area. Reference the “Courses and Credit” tab on your program overview page for resources on identifying courses.
Academic Planning Form:
As part of your UCEAP application, you will be asked to fill out an Academic Planning Form (APF). This form is an opportunity for you to discuss the courses you plan to take abroad with your major/minor advisor.
The Academic Planning Form is not a course registration form; it is simply a tool to help you explore with your major advisor the types of courses you should be looking for when the time comes to register for your courses abroad. If you want to discuss credit related to your major, have your major advisor review the courses and sign the form. If you want to discuss credit to your minor, have your minor advisor review and sign it.
At the time you are required to register for classes (this can be anywhere from a month before departure to a week after your arrival), you should also be in touch with your academic advisor at that time. If a course you planned to take isn’t offered, or you see another course available you’d prefer, you should contact your advisor via email for some feedback on whether or not that new course might suffice.
Make sure you save ALL of your syllabi and coursework from abroad. If you are registering for courses after departure, see the above paragraph regarding course registration.
Upon return, grades can take up to 90 days to transfer back. You will see the courses listed on your UC Davis transcript and your corresponding UC grades at that time. To secure major or minor credit, you should take the syllabus and coursework of the completed class to your department advisor and proceed with their process of obtaining credit.
UC Davis Study Abroad recommends saving all your coursework, written assignments, syllabi, and textbooks or reading lists to present to your department upon return. These assignments oftentimes must be translated if you wish to receive credit.
- How do I get GE credit on UCEAP?
GE credit is not guaranteed until upon return from your program, when you must petition through the UC Davis Study Abroad office. UC Davis Study Abroad recommends you show course descriptions to your dean’s office prior to departure for advice on what may or may not be successfully approved.
During the petition process, you will need the course description, syllabus, and completed coursework, in addition to the completed petition. If you are looking for writing credit, the instructor must sign the 2nd page of the petition.
- How and when do I register for my classes abroad?
For every program, registering for classes will happen differently. Most programs, you will register for classes anywhere from one month before departure (online) to a week after arrival (on campus during orientation week).
The System-wide office in Goleta will be in touch with you via email regarding registering for courses when the time comes.
- Can I take classes Pass/No pass on UCEAP?
You may take up to 1/3 of your courses pass/no pass. However, if you are hoping to get credit within your department, you must be aware of their rules. Do not take a class P/NP if your department or dean’s office requires the course to be taken for a letter grade.
The P/NP option must be noted on the Study List at the time of enrollment or petitioned during the normal petition period. However, the P/NP is not allowed for:
- Intensive Language Program (ILP) courses taken by undergraduates, unless the courses are offered on the P/NP basis only
- Special study courses (independent study, research, or internships) when the particular program requires a letter grade
- The language instruction portion of short-term language and culture programs.
See the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad for more information.
- Do the classes I take abroad affect my UC GPA?
Yes. Courses taken abroad will be listed on your UC Davis transcript and factored into your UC GPA.
If you fail a class abroad, it will show up on your UC Davis transcript. Oftentimes, you will not be able to retake the course here at Davis because the same course is not offered.
- How do I find my program’s budget?
Specific budgets for a program are oftentimes not posted until after the initial enrollment period. To get a good idea of the costs and what to anticipate, click on the “pre departure checklists, calendars and budgets” tab on the right hand side of the overview page. Follow the link to this current year’s program, not the following year.
Under “Money Matters,” you’ll find a link to a PDF that has the budget for your program as offered this current year. You should use that as your program budget, and add about 10% on top to account for inflation to be safe.
You will be notified by email when your updated program budget has been posted.
- Does Financial Aid go with me on UCEAP? How do I apply for it?
Financial aid does go with you. However, it may look different depending on what program you choose. Your package may expand if the program is more expensive than your time at UC Davis; it may be reduced during your time abroad if your program is cheaper than being at UC Davis.
Once you decide on a program, print out the budget and meet with a financial aid officer at UC Davis Study Abroad or the Financial Aid office. There is no additional application you need to fill out for Financial Aid; UC Davis Study Abroad will be in touch with the financial aid office about participating students and their programs, and you will be packaged accordingly. Visit the Financial Aid tab for more information.
- Are there scholarships available?
Yes. Check the Scholarships tab on the UCEAP website and the Scholarships & Awards Tab on the UC Davis Study Abroad website. Make sure you also check with your academic department, and watch the “Financing your UC Davis Study Abroad Experience” Prezi online. Be aware, most scholarship deadlines are early!
- How do I apply for a program?
Once you have decided on a program you would like to apply for, you should visit the ‘Application Tutorial’ link and watch the application presentation. Once you’ve completed it, follow the “Start Application” link and create a MyEAP account to get started.
Be aware the application requires you to turn in physical documents to our office, not just hit “submit” after you’ve completed the online portion. We must have the physical documents in our office by the deadline in order for you to be eligible.
- How do I find the application deadlines for the program? I don’t see them on the UCEAP website.
UCEAP deadlines vary by campus so you will find them on the campus website. Visit the Deadlines tab to the left to find your program deadline. Be aware, program deadlines are much earlier than UC Davis Summer and Quarter abroad, sometimes up to a year in advance.
- Is the application just online or do I need to turn in anything to the UC Davis Study Abroad Office?
If you finish your online application and hit “Submit,” you have not finished applying to the program. You need to collect the documents on your application checklist and turn them into UC Davis Study Abroad by the program deadline. Once we receive the physical documents in our office, your application is complete.
- I’m not planning to get major credit while abroad. Do I still have to meet with my major advisor to apply to the program?
Yes. While you may not anticipate getting major credit, UC Davis Study Abroad wants to make sure students know what classes they might be missing while abroad, and if there is anything they need to do before or after their time abroad when it comes to rearranging their academic schedule. This is true for minors as well.
- Where can I get an official transcript? Am I allowed to open it?
You can get an official transcript from the Registrar’s office, in the basement of Mrak Hall. The envelope will say “unofficial if opened”; go ahead and open it, as you will likely need to make photocopies for your application.
- Where can I get a passport?
The ARC Business Center has passport services. You can also apply for a passport at your local post office. If you are even considering studying abroad, it’s best to get your passport as soon as possible. Most programs require a photocopy of your passport as part of the application, and passports can take a couple months to process.
If you don’t currently have a passport at the time of application, UC Davis Study Abroad will accept a photocopy of the receipt that shows you applied for a passport.
- I don’t meet the GPA requirement for the program. Can I still apply?
No, you are not eligible for the program so your application will not be selected. If you feel you deserve special consideration based on specific circumstances, contact your UC Davis regional advisor before the program deadline to inquire if a waiver could arranged for you.
- I missed the application deadline for my program. Can I still apply?
UC Davis Study Abroad generally does not accept applications after the program deadline. However, if you would like to apply to a program and realize the deadline has passed, you may ask and UC Davis Study Abroad will let you know on a case-by-case basis whether or not we can accept late applications. You will be required to meet with a program advisor if this is the case.
- I applied over a month ago and still haven’t heard anything. When can I expect to hear back?
All students should receive a notification email within four weeks of their program application deadline. If you turned in your application before the application deadline, more time may elapse before hearing from us. Feel free to contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the status of your application.
- What do I need to turn into UC Study Abroad and what do I need to turn into the UCEAP Systemwide office in Goleta?
If selected, you will receive a Notification Email from the UC Davis Study Abroad office. Any checklist items (such as the health clearance and Acknowledgement of Pre-Departure Responsibilities) in this email must be turned into UC Davis Study Abroad.
Shortly afterward, you will receive a Selection Email from the UCEAP Systemwide office in Goleta. It will have links to your Pre-Departure Checklist. Each item on these checklists will list who it must be turned in to. Many of these items will need to be mailed directly to the UCEAP Systemwide office in Goleta, not turned into UC Davis Study Abroad.
- How do I apply for a visa?
Instructions will be listed on your Pre-Departure Checklist on the UCEAP website. If you have any questions in applying for the visa, email your Program Advisor at the UCEAP Systemwide office in Goleta. Do not email your regional advisor at UC Davis Study Abroad; UC Davis Study Abroad does not advise for the visa process.
Many visas may require an official acceptance letter from your host institution abroad in order to apply for your passport. If this is the case, these letters will be mailed to UC Davis Study Abroad and you will be notified when they arrive so you can pick them up.
- When can I buy my flight?
Do not purchase your flight until your official program calendar is posted and you are notified to do so by your Program Advisor at UCEAP.
- Will I get a pre-departure orientation?
Yes. Students leaving for winter, fall, or year-long programs will have a pre-departure orientation in late April or early May. Spring and southern-hemisphere Year students will have an orientation in late October or November.
The pre-departure orientation is an opportunity for you to meet other students in your program and hear from returnees who did the program, along with an overview of important logistic and cross-cultural information. You are required to attend and if you have a conflict, let firstname.lastname@example.org know right away.
- How do I find out about other students participating in my program?
After you’re selected for participation, you will be required to fill out a form asking if you would like your information to be shared with other students in your program. If you mark ‘Yes’ at this time, you will be put in touch with other students who applied to programs in your country who also marked ‘Yes’ on this form.
If you mark ‘no’, your information will not be shared and you will have the opportunity to meet the other program participants at the pre-departure orientation.
- My PASS Time is coming up on SISWEB for next quarter but I will be abroad. Do I register for classes even though I will be abroad?
No, do not register for classes. We know it feels scary, but just let the PASS time go by. You will be coded for study abroad at the registrar’s office before you depart, and it will cause confusion and delays if your record shows you registered for classes during the time you will be abroad.
While abroad, however, when your PASS time comes up for the quarter you’ll be returning to Davis, make sure you register.
- I am no longer able to go on my program. How do I withdraw?
If you no longer plan to study abroad, you must email your UC Davis Study Abroad regional advisor as soon as possible. You must meet with your advisor and fill out a cancellation form in person in order to successfully withdraw. Failure to turn in required documents does not communicate to our office that you no longer plan to attend.
Programs have withdrawal deadlines of April 1st, May 1st or November 1st. Failure to withdraw before these dates will result in a $500 withdrawal fee and sometimes additional program-specific fees.