A Guide to Non-UC Study Abroad Programs

If UCEAPUCLA Summer Travel Study, UCLA Exchange, or other UC campus programs aren’t right for you, please explore a variety of other outside programs independently. UCLA does not recommend any specific non-UC study abroad programs. Students should first review the non-UC program policies on this website (tabs on the left), as the process is different than attending a UC program. We advise doing this before signing up for a non-UC Study Abroad Program to understand how the non-UC process works. If you have further questions about the process, you can consult with a counselor at the International Education Office. Please call 310-825-4995 or email info@ieo.ucla.edu to schedule an appointment.

Undergraduate Planned Academic Leave – UCLA offers a Planned Academic Leave (PAL) for undergraduate students to study abroad on non-UC programs. To be granted an academic leave, students REGISTER online after having been accepted into a non-UC program. There is no fee for registering for PAL. While on PAL, students automatically receive enrollment appointments (1st and 2nd pass) to enroll from abroad for the UCLA courses they will need upon return to campus.

Graduate Students – Graduate students should consult with the Graduate Division to determine whether there are requirements when attending a non-UC study abroad program. Notifying the International Education Office is still recommended so we know where and when you are studying abroad.