UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)

About EAP

  • Over 500 UCSC students study abroad each year through the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP).
  • While on EAP, students earn UC credit, not transfer credit. See the Academic Planning page for more info.   
  • Financial aid applies to EAP programs.
  • Over half of all EAP programs are in English. Check out EAP English Programs.
  • Check out EAP by GPA to find programs for which you qualify.
  • To explore programs and start the application process, visit the EAP website.
  • Need help choosing a program?  Meet with an advisor or peer advisor.

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How to Apply for EAP

1. Explore the EAP website to select a program, then click "Apply Now" to start your application online. Visit the International Education Office if you need help selecting a program.  

2. Submit your application in person to the International Education Office during regular office hours. You may only apply to one EAP program per term, so be sure to choose your program carefully, and only apply if you meet the program's requirements.


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When to Apply for EAP

  • Applications are accepted at the International Education Office Monday-Thursday from 9:00AM on the Open Date until 4:00PM on the Close Date.
  • No late applications, no exceptions. No incomplete applications.
  • Check the Application Urgency Chart to see if your program is impacted.

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Summer 2014, Fall 2014 & Academic Year 2014-2015 EAP Programs

All Summer, Fall, and Academic year programs for 2014-2015 have been closed unless noted below.

Extended Deadlines for 2014-2015 Programs!

Italy: UC Center Rome fall
France: French & European Studies fall


EAP University-Level Language Requirement 

All students should verify whether the EAP program they are applying to has a minimum language requirement, and should determine whether they will be able to satisfy this language requirement before they leave to go abroad. Additionally, some programs have a maximum language requirement – students who exceed the maximum requirement are not eligible for the program. See the EAP application checklist (in MyEAP) or the EAP website to determine the language requirement for EAP programs.

If you do not currently meet the language requirement for the program you are applying to, but will before you go abroad, then your EAP online application and EAP Academic Planning Form must demonstrate how you will meet the requirement before you go abroad.

If you have completed (or are currently enrolled in) language courses at UCSC then submit a copy of your UCSC transcripts with your EAP application – see the application checklist for your program to

determine whether Official or Unofficial transcripts are required. Your transcripts will be reviewed to verify which language courses you have completed and whether you meet (or will meet) the language requirement for your EAP program.

If you have not completed (or are currently enrolled in) any language courses at UCSC then you must take a Language Placement Exam – see the UCSC Language Program website for details. Submit a copy of your UCSC Transfer Credit Report with your EAP application to demonstrate your placement exam score.

Heritage Speakers: If you are a heritage/native speaker (of the EAP program language) and you have not completed (or are currently enrolled in) any language courses at UCSC then you must meet with a UCSC Language Instructor during their office hours to complete the EAP Language Evaluation Form.

NOTE: EAP language requirements are based on university-level language equivalents. For example, if a student completes the language placement exam and places into French 2, and then completes French 2, 3, and 4 at UCSC, then they will have a university-level language equivalent of 4 quarters of French; if a student completes the language placement exam and places into Spanish 6, and then only completes Spanish 6 at UCSC, then they will a university-level language equivalent of 6 quarters (2 years) of Spanish.

Other Resource:

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