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Study Abroad as an ERC Student

The world cannot be understood from a single point of view -Eleanor Roosevelt

Why study abroad?

  • Multiply your career options with international experience
  • Opportunities exist for students of all language levels
  • Go anytime, according to your schedule - not just for a year or semester
  • It's affordable! Living costs in some countries are cheaper than in La Jolla
  • Graduate on time - talk to your major advisor and ERC academic counselor about how easy it is to fit study abroad into your degree

How can I go abroad?

University of California's Education Abroad Progam (EAP)UC San Diego's Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) and Global Seminars, you may study, work, volunteer and pursue internships throughout the world while earning credit towards your degree and gaining valuable international experience.

What are the first steps?

  • Attend a First Steps meeting at the International Center (call 534-1123 for schedule)
  • Visit http://icenter.ucsd.edu to find out more!
  • Start your research in the Programs Abroad Library
  • Meet with a Programs Abroad advisor
  • Complete your Academic Planning Form
  • Schedule a visit with your major advisor
  • Visit the ERC advising office

Where should I study abroad?

The key to success is planning! Taking your ERC general education requirements is easy anywhere in the world. Learn more about how to choose courses abroad for your ERC general education requirements:Guidelines for Choosing Courses Abroad

You will find coursework relevant to your major at many EAP study centers. Programs Abroad Study in your Major can help you find programs that meet your needs. 

What will it cost?

Study on EAP/OAP can be comparable to the cost of study at UC. In some cases, it is less. EAP participants pay UC fees and continue to receive UC financial aid while abroad. Furthermore, EAP students are eligible for special grants and scholarships from UC, the host country, and other sources.

OAP students may retain all or some of their funding while abroad, including special study abroad scholarships, but because of the variety of the programs found through OAP, costs for individual programs can vary greatly.

Check here for specific information about scholarships and financial aid:http://programsabroad.ucsd.edu/pao/funding.htm

ERC also has our own study abroad scholarship just for our students: ERC Scholarships

Where can I learn about Global Seminars?

Visit the Programs Abroad Office Global Seminar Page and review the Global Seminar List to find ERC GEs offered this summer.

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