Transfer and Re-Entry Abroad

Denmark, Frozen Laces - Sean Levitan

As a transfer or re-entry studying abroad may face you with a unique set of challenges to overcome, however those challenges should not be seen as reasons to not participate.  You can still spend a summer, quarter, semester, or year abroad, and the benefits of studying and living in a foreign country are tremendous.  The information and resources below are here to promote the idea of studying abroad as well as help you prepare once you have decided.  We encourage students to come to our Advisor’s Drop-In hours and discuss questions or concerns during the program application process. 

Plan Ahead!

Start thinking about study abroad RIGHT NOW! Applications can be due up to 8 months prior to the program start date.  Talk to your Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) advisor and your major/minor advisors now to help you plan your coursework to include study abroad.  Consider programs that allow you to take courses in your major/minor, develop language skills or help you towards your chosen career path.  Beyond academics, think about the structure and length of the program, cost, class size, language requirement, heritage/family roots, climate, or food. 

Don’t have a UC GPA? 

If you don’t have a UC GPA at the time you apply to UCEAP, you may use your transfer GPA for most programs, but will be required to meet the UC GPA requirement after your first quarter at UCSC.  Refer to eligibility requirements for other programs directly for transfer GPA information 

Where & What should I study abroad?

That’s up to you!  As a transfer student, you may have already completed your General Education requirements and you are now focusing on your major.  Consider programs that allow you to take courses in your major(s) or minor, develop language skills or help you toward your chosen career path.  Beyond academics, think about the structure & length of the program, cost, class size, language requirement, heritage/family roots, climate, or food.

What are my options?

UCEAPthe official University of California study abroad program

  • Retain UC student status while abroad
  • Financial Aid applied to your program
  • Earn UC credit for all courses taken abroad
  • Over 35 countries & more than 280 program options

UC Programs & Internshipsfacilitated by other UC campuses

  • Summer & quarter options, study abroad & internships
  • Earn UC credit
  • UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego

Independent Study Abroad Programsnon-UC study abroad programs

  • Apply independently to a non-UC study abroad affiliated program
  • Affiliate programs include: AIFS, CEA, TEAN, Semester at Sea, GlobaLinks, ISA, Institute for Study Abroad Butler Univ., Arcadia Univ., SIT

Other Considerations

Being a part of STARS, you may be older than the average undergraduate and may have additional work, home, and family obligations.  You may be married, have a child, or working full time.  However, regardless of the hurdles, studying abroad can be a great opportunity to learn another language, practice cross-cultural communication skills, and better understand global issues.  Studying abroad can also give you a great advantage in the job market.  When considering programs, here are a few examples questions to consider:

  • Is it possible to take a dependent along with me when I study abroad?
  • Do I have any obligations that prevent me from studying abroad for an extended period of time?
  • If I am not able to be away for very long, how do I get the most out of a short-term experience abroad?
  • How old are the other students participating on my program?
  • Will I fit in with other participants? Will I feel isolated?
  • Will there be other STARS student on my program?
  • How do people in my host country view STARS students?
  • What skills do I want to gain or improve while I am abroad?

Resources

UCEAP Students with Dependents/Travel Companions Guide

Information on bringing a spouse, registered domestic partner, or child including which programs you can bring dependents on and instructions on the necessary paperwork.

A Karmic Connection

Article written by Thomas Langer, a non-traditional student majoring in International Studies and Human Rights. He traveled to India last summer to conduct research for his honors thesis and learned a lot from an unexpected source.

Meet Non-Traditional Student Michelle Ward

The story of a 33-year old woman who dropped everything to intern in Guatemala

No Age Limits

A first-hand account of a woman’s study abroad experience in France.