Study Abroad for Earth Science Majors

It has been said that "the best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks," therefore it is imperative for UCSB Earth Sciences majors to get out in the world and see what planet Earth is made of, how it works, and how other people regard and study it. Earth sciences are international in scope and should be studied globally. The department has always encouraged its students to go abroad at a UCEAP partner university to complete some part of their departmental undergraduate required and elective courses.

With careful academic planning and application of study abroad units, earth sciences majors can have a unique academic experience at a foreign university with no loss of time in completing their UCSB degree.

Why study abroad?

UC Education Abroad Program offers earth sciences students a marvelous opportunity to study part of the Earth in one of over 40 countries located on six continents. In recent years, You could study:

  • geomorphology in New Zealand,
  • hydrology in Ghana,
  • the evolution of the biosphere in Sweden,
  • mineralogy in Hong Kong,
  • erupting volcanoes in Italy, or 
  • paleontology in Scotland.

Learn about earth science in the field rather than from a book or virtually from a website. Returning UCEAP students describe their experience abroad as a life-changing and uniquely valuable one for future choices of professional and personal goals.

Where should I study abroad?

There are UCEAP program opportunities to study earth science around the world. Choose a country that engages your interest. Find course opportunities that excite you. Look for courses not available at UCSB. 

When should I study abroad?

Students wishing to fulfill upper-division major requirements should study abroad during their junior, senior or even during a fifth year. Those interested in fulfilling major preparation or General Education requirements can participate as early as their sophomore year. 
Students may fulfill Math 4A and 4B at the University of Glasgow summer program

What classes should I take?

By searching Gaucho Credit Abroad and the UCEAP Course Catalog, you will get an idea of the types of earth science courses UC students have taken around the world. 
Keep in mind that at students in the College of Letters and Science must complete at least 20 units of upper-division major coursework (or 12 upper-division minor units) in residence at UCSB along with other residence requirements. Consult an advisor in the College of Letters & Science for more information.

All UCEAP students automatically earn UC credit for the work they complete abroad. However, the application of credit to major requirements is subject to the discretion of the department and approval of the college. Save all syllabi, papers and other relevant course information to help you petition courses for specific requirements. 

Internship & Research

An international internship or research experience will greatly enhance your resume and provide you with valuable skills and contacts to improve your success in grad school or the global job market. Explore these opportunities on UCEAP. 

How do I get started?

  • Stop by the UCSB EAP office at 2431 South Hall.
  • Go the UCSB EAP website Getting Started.
  • Consult the UCEAP website for program details. 
  • Go see your department undergraduate advisor. 

Earth Science Department
Webb Hall, Room 1006
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-4831