Academic Planning

Plan ahead to study abroad

Academic planning is a required part of the EAP application process.  Students must plan which courses they will take before, during, and after study abroad.  Academic plans must be approved by students' major, minor, and college advisors. 

UCSC students are not required to take major, minor, or general education courses while they are abroad.  You may prefer to complete these degree requirements on campus, and take elective courses when you study abroad, with the intent of learning for your own personal interests. 

However, even if you do not plan to take courses towards your major, minor, or general education requirements while you study abroad, your major, minor, and college advisors must nevertheless give their approval for you to study abroad. 


EAP Placeholder Courses

If you study abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), you will be enrolled in a 15-credit placeholder course for each term that you are abroad.  The purpose of the placeholder course is to indicate that you will be on EAP as a continuing student.  The course will appear on your portal as a pass/no pass course; however, upon completion of EAP, the placeholder course will be removed, and the actual courses you took while you were abroad will be added to your record, along with the letter grades you earned in each class. 


EAP Courses & Grades

Please note that it may take up to four months after the end of your EAP program for your EAP courses and grades to be posted to your academic record.