UC Davis Study Abroad

Aliki Dragona, Ph.D., Fadi Fathallah, Ph.D., Faculty Directors

UC Davis Study Abroad
International Center, Suite 1120
530-297-4633; Fax 530-297-4695; studyabroad@ucdavis.edu; http://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/

The opportunity to study abroad is one of the richest educational experiences a student can have. When students return from study abroad in places like Italy or Hong Kong, they describe their time abroad as an experience that changed their lives. Students study abroad to pursue their academic interests in a global context, to learn a language, to gain practical field work, internship or lab experience, to prepare for a job in the global economy and to add distinction to an application for graduate or professional school.

UC Davis Study Abroad can help students decide which program is best for them, whether to study abroad or away within the United States for a summer, quarter, semester or full year and when to go abroad (freshman through senior years). UC Davis Study Abroad Coordinators also participate in freshman seminars, offer financial aid workshops and can advise on programs that have internship opportunities. UC Davis Study Abroad also administers the Global and International Studies (GIS) minor, which is overseen by a Program Committee.

UC Davis Study Abroad is home to UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UC Davis Internships Abroad, UC Davis Seminars Abroad, UC Davis Exchanges and the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). UC Davis Study Abroad also provides advising for students interested in non-UC "independent" programs and administers the Non-UC Study Abroad leave program. Finally, UC Davis Study Abroad advises and provides student services for international UCEAP Reciprocity students.

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Fadi Fathallah, Ph.D., Faculty Director

UC Davis Study Abroad
International Center, Suite 1120; 530-752-5763; Fax 530-752-4154; http://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/programs/uceap/

The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is one of the premiere study abroad programs in the nation. UCEAP offers international study programs in association with nearly 140 host universities and institutions in some 32 countries around the world. Participating students remain registered at UC while studying abroad and receive full academic credit for their work. UCEAP students maintain their financial aid and scholarship eligibility while abroad. UCEAP has study abroad opportunities for undergraduates at all class levels as well as for qualified graduate students who have completed at least one full year of graduate work and have the support of their graduate program and graduate dean.

UCEAP offers year, semester, quarter, and summer programs for all majors. Over 50% of the programs are offered in English, while several programs allow students to learn a language while experiencing the culture first hand. Some programs include the possibility of internships or field research. In most cases, students attend courses taught by the faculty of the host institution.

UC faculty members serve as directors at most Study Centers abroad, providing in-country academic advising to students during their program. Full UC credit is granted for courses satisfactorily completed, and courses and grades are recorded on official UC transcripts. With careful planning, most UCEAP students make normal progress toward their UC degrees, even those students who study abroad for a full year. With approval of their major or college advisors, students may earn credit towards their major, minor and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements. UCEAP prospective applicants, particularly students who intend to study abroad during their senior year, should carefully plan their course programs for Davis and abroad in order to satisfy university, college, and major/minor requirements for their degree.

Although units and grade points earned while studying abroad through UCEAP are incorporated into the University transcript and GPA, departments and majors retain the right to determine which UCEAP courses will be accepted in satisfaction of major and minor requirements.

All degree candidates must meet the University residence requirement. Recognizing the special value of study abroad, the faculty have approved two exceptions to the usual residence requirement for students participating in the Education Abroad Program:

  • Students planning to graduate immediately upon completion of their UCEAP program may satisfy the University residence requirement by completing at least 35 of their final 45 units on the Davis campus preceding entry into the EAP,

or

  • Students should consult with their college Dean's office early during the UCEAP planning process for information on the university residence requirement.

Students may satisfy GE requirements while on UCEAP, but should consult with the UC Davis Study Abroad and their college Dean's office prior to departure for information on the certification process. Students may participate in UCEAP provided that (1) they will not exceed 225 units prior to their departure and (2) that all their degree requirements have been fulfilled either before they leave campus or during their time on UCEAP study abroad program.

Participants may only return to campus from UCEAP to complete any outstanding degree requirements provided that they can do so within 225 units. Participants in programs that conclude in May or June who satisfy all degree requirements while abroad and expect to graduate upon completion of the year abroad should file for candidacy to receive their degree in September; candidacy filing dates are established by the Office of the University Registrar. In most cases, transcripts from abroad may will not be received in time to be posted on the student's Davis transcript for UCEAP returnees to be included on the June degree list. Such returning students may register to participate in the June commencement ceremony; however, their graduation date will be in September. Participants in programs that conclude in November or December should file for candidacy to receive their degree in March. Such returning students may be able register to participate in either the December or subsequent June commencement ceremony. Their graduation date will be in March.

UC Davis Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

Aliki Dragona, Ph.D., Faculty Director

UC Davis Study Abroad
International Center, Suite 1120; 530-752-5763; Fax 530-752-4154; http://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/

UC Davis Study Abroad offers a number of faculty-led programs abroad and within the United States, including UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UC Davis Internships Abroad, UC Davis Seminars Abroad, and UC Davis Exchanges These programs enable students to study abroad in small program cohorts taught by UC Davis faculty in over 30 countries around the world. Programs are specifically tailored to UC Davis disciplines and provide unique opportunities for study, internships, field or lab work, research, service learning and volunteering, and language learning in intimate and engaging environments.

Participants remain registered UC Davis students while abroad or away and receive UC Davis units for their academic work. Open to students from any major, these programs allow students to choose courses from a wide range of specializations.

Programs range from two-week seminars to four-week summer offerings to quarter-long options. All programs allow students to experience the country' unique culture through co-curricular activities, such as day-trips to surrounding areas, museum tours, and theatre visits. Many also include field work, internship, or service learning opportunities.

Financial aid and scholarships apply. Students may participate in UC Davis faculty-led programs as early as their freshman year, or as late as their senior year. Applicants must have a 2.000 GPA (internship applicants must have a 2.500 GPA), be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and must fulfill any prerequisites specific to the program courses.

In preparation for UC Davis Study Abroad programs, students are urged to take Education Abroad Program (EAP) 090X or 190X.

UC Davis Quarter Abroad

Academic Focus. Students can earn 12-28 UC Davis quarter units through 3-6 courses taught abroad. Academic focus varies by program and may include subject area courses, language learning, lab work, internship/field work, and/or practical training experience. Programs range in length from 10 to 16 weeks. UC Davis faculty leaders teach one or more of the courses of the program, while other courses may be taught or co-taught by adjunct faculty of the host country, under supervision by UC Davis faculty. Students may be able to apply earned units towards their major, minor, language, or general education requirements.

UC Davis Summer Abroad

Academic Focus. Students earn 8 UC Davis quarter units through two courses taught abroad or away. All courses are taught by UC Davis faculty, sometimes with select supplemental lectures provided by local experts. Planned group activities and field trips enhance classroom instruction. Students may be able to apply earned units towards their major, minor, or general education requirements. Programs allow students to complete coursework in English in a wide variety of non-English-speaking locations.

UC Davis Internships Abroad

Academic Focus. Students earn 6 or more UC Davis units for internship hours and supplemental instruction. Internship programs are structured around thematic areas of study such as Global Health, Engineering, Business and Communication. Placements are a collaboration between international organizations, UC Davis Study Abroad and the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to ensure the internships meet requirements for credit and relevance to the subject area. In addition to internship hours worked, students will take an online course taught by UC Davis faculty that places their internship in a broader social and cultural context. Planned group activities and field trips enhance the formal internship work. Students may be able to apply earned units towards their major, minor, or general education requirements. Most placements are in English-speaking environments; some programs require language proficiency.

UC Davis Seminars Abroad

Academic Focus. Students earn 2-6 UC Davis quarter units through one or more courses taught abroad or away. These short courses are taught by UC Davis faculty and may be offered as stand-alone programs or as an international component to a course taught during a regular term on campus. A heavy focus on field trips, onsite projects and group activities enhance classroom instruction. Students many be able to apply earned units toward their major, minor, or general education requirements. Programs are typically offered in September, June, or during the winter break.

UC Davis Exchanges

Academic Focus. UC Davis Exchanges are department-based undergraduate exchanges that leverage new or pre-existing working/research relationships among faculty to promote student mobility between institutions. UC Davis faculty and departments identify courses at the partner institution that are taught in English and can be converted into course equivalents at UC Davis. Students enroll in at least 12-15 units of advisor-approved course equivalents for each quarter they are on UC Davis Exchanges. Exchanges may be for 1, 2, or 3 academic quarters and are built around a specific thematic academic program.

Courses in EAP:
EAP 090XInternational Education Seminar (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Open to lower division applicants for EAP or UC Davis study abroad and international internship programs. Seminar examines the academic, cultural, and personal issues of study abroad, including academic programs abroad, country-specific history and culture, cross-cultural experiences, culture shock, racial and gender issues. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1998 Winter Quarter.
EAP 180Education Abroad: Special Topics (1-12) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3-12 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Minimum GPA requirement for each study abroad program as specified in the written agreement between UC Davis and the host institution; prerequisites for language courses may also apply. Students who participate in approved international programs take this course up to 12 units while studying abroad. May be repeated for credit May be repeated for credit; credits will be reviewed by departments and Dean's Office to determine how they fulfill UC Davis requirements. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
EAP 190XInternational Education Seminar (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Open to upper division applicants for EAP or UC Davis study abroad and international internship programs. Seminar examines the academic, cultural, and personal issues of study abroad, including academic programs abroad, country-specific history and culture, cross-cultural experiences, culture shock, racial and gender issues. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1998 Winter Quarter.
EAP 192Internship in Education Abroad (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Participation in a study abroad program. Internship with Education Abroad program, potentially either at university or abroad. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.