The College encourages students to broaden their perspectives by studying abroad during their time at UCSB. In most cases, studying abroad on UC-sponsored UCSB Education Abroad Program (EAP) or a non-UC program meshes quite well with students' academic goals as long as they consult with college and departmental advisors about how work done abroad meets academic requirements. Courses are not formally evaluated as to whether they meet major or minor requirements or General Education Requirements until they have transferred, but students may meet with departmental advisors as well as college advisors (in 1117 Cheadle Hall) prior to going abroad to discuss how courses taken while studying abroad might fulfill requirements. See the UCSB General Education Program Outcomes and Transfer Guide to see how courses from other institutions, including study abroad courses, are assessed for General Education Requirements.
UC-Sponsored Study Abroad Program
The UC Education Abroad Program offers opportunities for UCSB students to study in more than forty countries around the world. An advantage of studying abroad via EAP is that a student can be confident that units earned through EAP will transfer, and UCEAP course grades will be factored into a student's UC GPA and appear on the UCSB transcript. Students should go to UCSB Education Abroad Program (EAP) for more information.
Non-UC Study Abroad Program
UCSB undergraduates may also choose to study abroad through non-UC sponsored programs, however, unlike UC EAP programs, there is no guarantee that UCSB will recognize course credit from every Study Abroad program. If you are considering a Non-UC Study Aborad Program, be sure to review the information provided by the Registrar and meet with L&S Advising to make a plan to accomplish your academic goals abroard.
If you have additional questions. Go to the FAQ on the Registrar's website for guidance.