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Study Abroad as an ERC Student

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


Upcoming Global Seminar Information Sessions:

Cape Town, South Africa and Livingstone, Zambia—Summer Session I
Professor Ivan Evans
Info Session: Monday, Nov 4, 5-6:30 pm, ERC Conference Room


Santiago, Chile—Summer Session I
Professor Babak Rahimi
Info Session: Wednesday, Nov 6, 3-4:30 pm, Study Abroad Programming Space


Tokyo, Japan—Summer Session I
Professor Matthew Herbst
Info Session: Wednesday, Oct 30, 5-6:30 pm, Study Abroad Programming Space and  Tuesday, Nov 12, 5-6:30 pm, Study Abroad Programming Space
Quito, Ecuador—Summer Session II
(Regional Specialization—Americas)
Professor Nancy Postero
Info Session: Wednesday, Nov 13, 5-6:30 pm, Sequoyah 103, International


This is a an approved Global Service Gold Activity for the 
ERC Global Service Certificate Program.

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 858-534-1123 for schedule)
  • Visit to find out more!
  • Start your research in the Study Abroad Library
  • Meet with a Study 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. Review A-Z programs that can help you meet your needs and MyEAP Course Catalog.

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: Finances

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

Where can I learn about Global Seminars?

Which Global Seminars satisfy the General Education requirements?

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