- How do I use the Search tool on the UCEAP website?
- The “Find A Program” feature provides a helpful way of narrowing down your options by geographic region, field of study, or experience type. There are many ways to access this tool. However, clicking on the Menu bar on the right-hand side of each UCEAP page is an easy way to find it. If you are looking for “field of study” and don’t see your major listed, it’s because UC Davis is unique among the other UC’s and the listed options are generic to the UCs. We have majors that other campuses don’t have, like International Agricultural Development, Landscape Architecture and Design, to name a few. If you don’t see you major listed search for programs using related fields of study. You can also meet with an adviser at UC Davis who can provide more personalized guidance in program selection. Once you’ve done the initial search, be sure to review the program eligibility requirements. Class standing requirements signify the number of units you will need to have completed by the program's start. Minimum requirements vary, but are either sophomore class standing, 45 units completed; junior class standing, 90 units completed; or senior class standing, 135 units completed.
- On the UCEAP website, are “Fall”, “Spring” and “Year” the same as UC Davis dates?
- Not necessarily. Pay close attention to the estimated dates that can be found under “program details” on the left-hand side of each program page. 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. Studying away fall semester typically translates to an extra five weeks when compared to the quarter term, and extra units earned! In most cases, 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 typically miss winter and spring quarters at UC Davis. There are, however, several winter and spring quarter options abroad, and a sprinkle of programs with wonky academic calendars so look closely at the calendar. Some important exceptions include a few programs in Spain, Germany, Taiwan and Japan.
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, UCEAP does! The easiest way to find them all in one place is to select the “Summer” button under the “Term” filter through the "Find a Program” tool.
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.
Make sure to not overlook the duration of the program, as 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 (e.g. Chile, Mexico, or Shanghai), the study center can help set you up with an internship or volunteer opportunity.
When using the “Find a Program” tool, each program will have some quick eligibility details. From those details “Experience Type” may list “Internship” if that is an option for that program. Make sure to look on the program page for more details. Some programs that have available internship opportunities will have “Internship” as an available tab under “Program Details” for additional information.
- How do I know the exact dates of my program?
Most UCEAP programs are based around the calendars of foreign universities. As 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, “Dates and Eligibility” under “Program Details” on the left-hand side of the program page. Keep in mind that these dates are only an estimation of time, and the official dates will be available much later.
You can expect your program calendar to be uploaded a few months before the program start date (well after the application period). For those that have already enrolled in a program through UCEAP, do not purchase a flight until your official program calendar is posted. More information will be available to you as you move through the enrollment process.
- 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, 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?
- Before Departure
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 Catalog, to determine if this university has sufficient offerings in your subject area. Reference the “Academics” link on the left-hand side of your program details section 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. Despite what coursework you plan to take abroad, it is mandatory that the APF is signed by your major advisor. However, we strongly recommend that students meet with additional advisors if they are seeking credit outside of their major coursework. For instance, if you want to discuss credit to your minor, have your minor advisor review the form with you as well. This is to ensure you have discussed your plans and the possibility to get credit towards that area while you are abroad.
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 and cannot be pre-approved. Upon return from your program, 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. However, it is important to note that this is not the pre-approval and is only advice to help you choose courses with the best chances of approval.
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 abroad must sign the 2nd page of the petition.
To begin the petition process, or to see a list of pre-approved courses from previous years, see: Academics Credit.
- 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?
- Pass/No Pass options vary depending on your program, but in general, students may only take 1/3 of courses for P/NP credit. Please refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad for more information. 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.
Also, remember that 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, 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.