Study Abroad


Study of Religion students can greatly benefit from study abroad opportunities. There are many options for study abroad available to UCSD students, from summer study to yearlong programs. UCSD students can participate in:

University of California's Education Abroad Program (EAP) – the UC-run study abroad program, with programs in over 35 countries. The benefits of EAP are that you remain enrolled at UCSD and earn UC credits that are calculated in your UCSD GPA; all financial aid and scholarships transfer; UC Study Centers in specific countries provide logistical support.

Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) – the umbrella program for study abroad using an independent study abroad provider (another university or an independent company). OAP also provides internship, work and teaching opportunities. OAP offers more choices, but has some key differences from EAP: you are not enrolled at UCSD; you earn UCSD transfer credit but grades are not calculated in UCSD GPA. Federal and state financial aid transfer but campus-based aid does not. Some scholarships are available from study abroad providers.  

Global Seminars (GS) – Five-week summer programs led by UCSD faculty in different locations around the world. You register for two 4-unit UCSD classes taught in English and receive UC credit.

Be sure to talk to Study of Religion whem you are drafting your plan of study. You must obtain preliminary approval of your course plan before departure. Upon your return to UCSD you must submit petitions and supporting documents (syllabi, final exams/papers) to Study of Religion requesting to use the study abroad courses as electives.

For more information visit the Programs Abroad Office website or visit their office located at the International Center, just off Library Walk across from Center Hall.  The office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. General inquires can be sent to abroad@ucsd.edu.