UC Education Abroad Program at UCLA

Eligibility Questions

Who's eligible for EAP?

To participate in EAP you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at UCLA. Program options are available for students starting the summer after their freshman year. Most EAP application deadlines are 6 - 9 months advance of departure. Students are encouraged to meet with an EAP counselor early in their college career to plan and prepare for a summer, semester or year abroad.

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The GPA requirement varies by program, so be sure to consult your program's requirements.

Do I need a foreign language?

Many EAP countries have options that don't require prior  knowledge of a foreign language and offer a variety of courses taught in  English. However, some programs only offer coursework in the language of the  host country. Students interested in studying a foreign language abroad should note that EAP also offers many Language and Culture Programs with minimal language prerequisites. Students should speak with an EAP counselor for more specifics on program requirements.

Can I apply if I'm a transfer student?

Yes, it is possible for transfer students to study abroad! UCLA transfer students prove to be ambitious. We encourage you to maximize your education and study abroad throught UCEAP. Given the tight timeframe, it is essential that transfer students plan ahead. Application deadlines are often due 6-12 months in advance of the program start. Below are additonal factors to consider:

  • Study abroad as early as summer after your 1st year at UCLA. The first term that UCLA transfer students can study abroad is typically the summer after your 1st year at UCLA. In some cases it may also be possible to study abroad spring quarter of your 1st year at UCLA.
  • Study abroad as late as your last term at UCLA. Think it's too late for you to study abroad? Check with the UCLA International Education Office and see.
  • Meeting UCEAP eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements vary by program. GPA requirements will be based on your UC GPA only; transfer GPAs will not be factored in.
  • Earning UC units & grades. UCLA transfer students maintain UCLA student status while on UCEAP. You will earn UC units and UC grades, which will be factored into the UCLA units and GPA on your UCLA transcript.
  • Taking courses toward your major and/or minor, etc. You may choose from a variety of courses on UCEAP. Speak with your department adviser to determine which degree requirements you have remaining and which may be fulfilled abroad. Research UCEAP courses and petition with your department.
  • Financial aid applies for eligible students. Submit your FAFSA by March 2nd to determine eligibility for grants, scholarships, and loans.

Can I study at UCLA if I am from abroad?

If you are a registered student at one of EAP's host  universities you may be eligible to attend UCLA as a non-degree reciprocity student. For more information, please visit our EAP Reciprocity page. Students from foreign  universities not affiliated with EAP should review the information for International Students.

Can I go to more than one country through EAP?

Yes, students often participate in more than one EAP program.  However, this takes careful planning. Check with your EAP counselor for any conditions.

Application Questions

When are applications due?

Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis and are accepted up until a program's application deadline. Please check out UCLA's EAP Application Deadlines for all countries.

Where can I get an application?

Applications are online. Click HERE to begin your online application.

When should I start planning for EAP?

Begin planning for EAP as early as possible. Many programs have  specific language and other academic prerequisites. Consider general breadths,  elective, and major requirements you should complete at UCLA and which can be  done abroad. Determining the right program and completing the application  process takes time. The application deadlines for a few programs are almost an  entire year before departure and priority is given to early applicants, so  start planning now.

Travel & EAP Extension Questions

Can I go early or do I have to travel with the   group?

Usually students make their own transportation arrangements.  Some students do travel in the destination country or region before the start  of the program. Please note, however, that you are responsible for all  arrangements until the official start date of your program. Official start  dates are listed in the projected calendars, which appear on each of the EAP country pages.

Can I stay in the country after the program ends?

Yes, if your visa allows. Keep in mind that once the program has  ended, you are responsible for all arrangements. Some students take advantage  of being abroad to stay an extra few weeks or months to travel. You can purchase  up to three additional months of health insurance through EAP for coverage  outside the U.S.  during this period.

Can I extend my participation once abroad?

Yes, many programs have an option to extend participation. If your program has an extension option you must complete the Departmental and College Pre-Approval to  Extend form as part of your application. This does not obligate you to extend  but facilitates the process should you decide to extend while abroad.

Academic Questions

Will the courses I take abroad count toward graduation?

With careful planning and advising from your college/school and departmental  advisor, you can make normal progress towards graduation.

Will my units and grades transfer?

Yes, you will receive UCLA credit and grades for all classes taken while on EAP. Please note that it can take up to three months grades to appear on your  DPR (degree progress report). For more detail, please visit the Academics Page.

How many units do I take while abroad?

You are required to take a full-time load while abroad. This is usually 3-5 courses per semester.

Do I have to go for a full year?

No. We offer summer, semester and academic year options.

Do I have to study in my major field while abroad?

Many  students choose courses outside their major while abroad and explore new areas, develop their language skills, fulfill GE requirements, or take classes toward  a second major or a minor. However, some host institutions, such as those in the United Kingdom, require that you take most of your courses in your major field. 

What happens to my status at UCLA while I am on EAP?

You continue to be enrolled and registered at UCLA while you are abroad. Before your departure, the UCLA EAP office notifies the Registrar's office that you will be participating in EAP.

I want to graduate the quarter I get back, is that possible?

It may be possible to walk in the commencement ceremony if your program ends early enough. However, it can take up to three months for your grades to transfer to UCLA from abroad. You must set your official graduation date for at least one quarter after the program finishes. EAP can write a letter, at your request, to explain your situation to graduate schools and other programs.

What happens if I want to quit early?

By withdrawing from EAP you are also withdrawing from UCLA. Your UCLA school or college has the final authority to determine the conditions of  readmission. You will be held responsible for any financial aid that has been advanced to you as well as payments due to EAP.

Financial Questions

How much does it cost to go on EAP?

There is a specific budget for each program, which includes the same UC education and registration fees that you would normally pay for a  similar period at UCLA, a mandatory insurance fee, room, board, books, round-trip transportation, on-site orientation, intensive language program  expenses (where applicable), and personal expenses. Visit the "Finances" link on each of the EAP country pages.

Will my financial aid apply and cover all my costs?

EAP students are eligible for full financial aid. Students that  wish to receive financial aid should submit their FAFSA by the government’s  deadline in March. The Financial Aid Office will readjust your award based  on your actual program costs. There are also many Scholarships available.

What types of financial aid are available for EAP students?

All EAP students are eligible for need-based EAP Scholarships -- there is NO APPLICATION process for this. In addition, students are eligible to receive all forms of conventional financial aid   at UCLA--grants, scholarships, subsidized and unsubsidized loans—with the exception  of work-study, which may be converted to loans. Some countries (UK and Australia) allow international students  to work up to 20 hours per week. Most other countries do not allow foreign  students to work.

Who are my finance contacts at the University-wide Office of EAP (UOEAP)?

Please refer to your EAP General Guide.

To whom do I pay registration fees?

Checks should be made payable to “The Regents of the University of California” and mailed to:

Universitywide Office, Education Abroad Program, 6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200, Goleta, CA 93117-5823

Please refer to  the payment schedule included in your Finances portion of your Participation Forms and Instructions.

If you receive financial aid, your fees will be deducted from your financial aid and you will be responsible for any remaining balances. Your registration fees will not appear on your UCLA BAR  statement.

How will I receive the financial aid funds?

You must fill out the EAP EFT form and return it to UOEAP for  direct deposits. You must fill out this form even if you are registered for  Bruin Direct Deposit.  Be  sure to attend a financial aid workshop for more details. Students are notified  of upcoming workshops via email.

Who do I contact if I change my address?

Your UOEAP financial coordinator, Operations Specialist, and EAP counselor. Also, you must update your contact information in MyEAP.

Do I need a Power of Attorney while abroad?

Power of Attorney is not required however, may be  useful depending on the management of your finances while abroad. Be sure to attend the EAP financial aid workshop for more information. Students are notified of upcoming workshops via email.

Do I keep a bank account in the U.S. or start one abroad?

This varies by country. Be sure to read your EAP County Guide to make the best decision. 

What if I extend from a semester to a year program while abroad?

Your financial aid package will be revised once the extension has been approved by   UOEAP.

When do I receive the financial aid disbursements?

As disbursement dates for various forms of aid vary, students are encouraged to attend a financial aid workshop. Students are notified of upcoming workshops via email.