Academic Integration (AI) is an initiative and priority of the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). It is broadly defined as the comprehensive integration of UCEAP programs and courses into the curricula of the University of California campuses.
The two primary goals of AI are to further engage and invest academic units in study abroad, and to demonstrate the feasibility of, and reduce academic barriers to, participation in UCEAP for students in all disciplines. AI makes international study a more prominent, accessible, and integral component of UC curricula, helping students fit study abroad appropriately and seamlessly into their academic programs; helping advisors harmonize advising messages from academic units and UCEAP; and helping faculty strengthen and promote relationships with international partners whose curricula complement those of UC. Current Academic Integration Initiatives include:
UCEAP Academic Integration Grants Program
UCEAP Registrars Database Project
Because receiving academic credit towards their major requirements is a primary concern of students who study abroad, UCEAP initiated an academic integration project in collaboration with the UC Registrars Council to create a searchable database of previously taken UCEAP courses and the types of credit awarded. One of our goals is that departments would use this historical information as a basis to consider course pre-approvals for particular courses taken abroad. At this time we have individual databases for seven of the nine UC campuses. Contact AIntegration@eap.ucop.edu
for login information.
Syllabi Repository Project
In order to facilitate the course approval/pre-approval process and campus access to syllabi, UCEAP developed a syllabi repository for UC Construct Programs. So far over 170 syllabi have been gathered with plans to continue collecting more. These syllabi are available through Box for staff and faculty use.
Discipline/Major Study Abroad Materials
Program Development Surveys
UCEAP has developed and administered surveys in support of discipline-specific program development efforts. These collaborative efforts include surveying departmental advisors about student interest in coursework abroad and surveying AI grant awardees about the impact of their academic integration projects.
UCEAP has continued to develop new discipline webpages and marketing materials in our efforts to inform and encourage students of all majors to consider studying abroad. These webpages provide a curated list of programs chosen according to excellent student reviews, a wide availability of courses, and unique academic opportunities within each discipline.
UCEAP AI Initiatives Handout
Contact AIntegration@eap.ucop.edu for more information