The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) strives to meet the needs of UC graduate and professional students for study abroad. Successful study abroad includes the input of the applicant, the graduate advisor(s), the Study Center, the partner institution, and the UCEAP Systemwide Office.
Note: Unless stated otherwise, the term graduate student refers to both graduate and professional students.
Advantages for graduate students participating in UCEAP:
- formal affiliation with top universities around the world
- eligibility for UC financial aid
- travel, health and accident insurance
- assistance in finding housing
- availability of academic advising
- assistance in establishing relationships with host university professors
- UC recognition of courses taken, grades and units earned
Graduate students can be accommodated at many UCEAP-affiliated host universities for up to one year. UCEAP offers a variety of programs for graduate students, including:
- Programs for graduate students only
- Programs that include graduate course work
- Programs that offer language study
- Independent Study or Directed Research
Click on the Programs tab above to learn more about graduate opportunities.
Programs that Include Graduate Level Coursework
Most UCEAP programs are designed for undergraduates; however, graduate students may participate in many programs.
Use the UCEAP Advanced Program Search
to explore UCEAP programs. The MyEAP Course Catalog
allows you to search for courses previously taken for UC credit by UCEAP students. Host university websites may contain additional course listings. Links to host university websites are available on the program pages
Programs that Offer Language Study
UCEAP offers a variety of Language and Culture Programs that are open to graduate students. Many focus exclusively on foreign language acquisition or on area or cultural studies with a foreign language component.
See EAP’s language page to explore options.
Programs Designed for Graduate Students
Graduate Student Instructors (GSI), EAP's UC Center in Paris, France
Graduate students funded by their campuses (UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz) assist in the Paris Center’s fall academic program while they pursue their dissertation research. The UC Center in Paris offers a program in French and European Studies for UC undergraduates taught in English. See your campus EAP office for details.
International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan
Students from IRPS at UCSD enroll in courses at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy. Courses are taught in English.
UCEAP can accommodate UC MBA students at certain EAP partner institutions. Eligibility depends on conditions set by the business/management schools at the participating UC campuses:
- UC Irvine: Paul Merage School of Business. Students are eligible for the fall term (quarter or semester) of their second year. More information...
- Discussions are underway with several other UC campuses. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Where coursework is not in English, noted below, students are advised (and may be required) to attend the program’s Intensive Language Program (ILP), which provides a course in the language and culture of the host country prior to the regular term.
Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile
The MBA program is administered by the School of Business. The curriculum
includes a variety of courses in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Human Resources, and Legal Aspects. It also focuses on Social Responsibility and Management Ethics, Corporate Governance, and Entrepreneurship.
Courses are taught in Spanish and all students are required to take the three-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP).
Fudan University, China
The MBA program offers a range of courses that offer a unique perspective of business within and with China. Courses are taught in English.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
The MBA program at CUHK is administered by the Faculty of Business Administration. It offers three concentration options: China Business; Finance; and Marketing. Courses are offered through the faculty’s four departments: Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics; Finance; Management; and Marketing. Courses are taught in English.
University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi, Milan
Bocconi offers Master’s programs
such as International Management and Marketing Management. Within these programs, there are also “majors” (areas of specialization) such as: entrepreneurship and small and medium size companies; management of fashion and design firms; global operations and supply chain management; management consulting; multinational companies; and more.
(click on “Course search – alphabetical order”, then filter by department and program type). Courses are taught in Italian and English. While it is possible to take all course work in English, all students are still required to take the four-week Italian intensive language program (ILP).
Yonsei University, Korea
The MBA program
is administered by the Graduate School of Business. It offers a wide range of courses in a variety of business fields. Courses are taught in English.
Maastricht University, Netherlands
The Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics
offers Master’s programs such as International Business, Financial Economics, and Econometrics. While most courses are taught in English, all students are still required to take the three-week Dutch Language and Culture course (DLC).
National University of Singapore
The MBA program
is administered by the NUS Business School
. It offers five areas of specialization: Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Organization, Real Estate, and Healthcare Management. Courses are offered through the school’s five departments: Business Policy, Decision Sciences, Finance and Accounting, Management and Organization, and Marketing. Courses are taught in English.
Independent Study or Directed Research
UCEAP requires graduate students conducting independent study or directed research to have a host university mentor; the Study Center Director may be able to serve as on-site mentor in some circumstances. In addition, EAP assumes that participating UC graduate students will continue to be supervised by their UC graduate advisors via email or other methods.
Graduate students concentrating on research submit proposals to the Systemwide Office of the Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) and the supervising UC professor during application. UCEAP forwards the proposal to the Study Center, who may forward host university responses directly to the student or through UCEAP. The work of the graduate student on EAP will be evaluated by the host university mentor, and this evaluation will be passed to the Study Center Director and UCEAP. Depending on the arrangements made with the student’s home UC campus advisor, the final assessment may be made by the UC advisor or by the Study Center Director.
Graduate students considering independent study or directed research on EAP should discuss their plans with their UC advisor and check with the campus EAP Office for details.
Graduate students must meet UCEAP application requirements, have completed at least one year of graduate work, and have the support of their academic department, graduate advisor or dissertation committee chair, and Graduate Division to apply.
Graduate applicants complete and submit a Graduate Preliminary Inquiry Form (GPIF) to the campus EAP Office with a statement of their intentions in applying for academic study under EAP. This procedure allows for an assessment of the feasibility of the graduate student's proposed activities at the study site abroad. In some cases this step may be quite involved, but in most cases a preliminary determination can and will be made quickly by the Systemwide office of EAP in consultation with the Study Center. The Systemwide Office of EAP will notify the Campus EAP Office when the student is approved or not approved to complete the EAP on-line application. Following the approval of the GPIF, and as part of the remaining process of selection and pre-departure preparation, each graduate student and his/her advisor complete and submit an EAP Graduate or Professional Student Agreement (GSAG) as described below.
The Graduate or Professional Student Agreement
The GSAG is required for all graduate students and constitutes a contract that spells out everyone’s responsibilities. Typically, those required to sign include the:
- Graduate Advisor or Dissertation Committee Chair
- Home UC Campus Graduate Division Dean or Assistant Dean
- Study Center Representative
- Systemwide Office of UCEAP
The GSAG addresses:
- Specific academic and/or research activities that are planned and any limitations on them
- Minimum number of units
- Types of courses to be taken
- Application of the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading option
- Obligations of the student and the student’s good faith promise to meet these
- Assistance to be provided by the Study Center or host university
- Supervisory role (if any) of the Study Center Director or Liaison Officer
- Supervisory role of the graduate advisor or dissertation committee chair along with the means by which the planned supervision will be exercised (e-mail, skype, site visits, periodic returns home, etc.)
The final admission decision for all graduate applications, including any conditions or limitations that pertain, shall rest with the Study Center or host university. Once accepted, UCEAP will inform the Campus EAP Office of the approved intended program of study.
Graduate students must be enrolled in one or more courses for UC credit. A graduate student who enrolls in independent study or research while on EAP, must, with the assistance of the Study Center abroad, be appropriately supervised by some faculty member(s) of the host institution.
The minimum load to qualify for UC full-time status as a graduate student depends on the student's home campus requirements and may range from 4 to 12 UC quarter units per quarter (12 to 36 UC quarter units per year). In some instances these general guidelines will be waived with the approval of the student's UC departmental advisor and Graduate Division as indicated on the GSAG. Graduate students are expected to be familiar with their department and Graduate Division home campus requirements prior to departure, as well as any additional requirements imposed by fellowships and other financial assistance.
Graduate students must carry a minimum number of units during the academic year to qualify for Financial Aid (to be eligible to receive Federal funds). See your campus Financial Aid office and your graduate division for the minimum number of units required by your campus.