Study Abroad for Linguistics Majors

The Department of Linguistics strongly encourages students to broaden their educational experience through participation in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). UCEAP allows linguistics majors to earn course credit while experiencing another language and culture. Whether your interest is in general linguistics, sociocultural linguistics, or the linguistics of a specific language or language family, living and studying abroad will help you develop mastery of another language (including many that are not offered at UCSB), acquire a deep understanding of another culture, and gain a new perspective on your own linguistic and cultural background. Your EAP experience will also prepare you for the challenges of graduate school or a linguistic-related career in a wide variety of fields.

Why study abroad?

The Department of Linguistics at UCSB wants its students to develop an appreciation for the diversity and complexity of the world’s languages and the resources that they represent for all of humanity. The Department is committed to understanding linguistic diversity by learning how languages are used by speakers in everyday social interaction. There is no better way to truly grasp the intricacies of another language than to immerse yourself in it. 

Where should I study abroad?

With a wide range of programs in over 40 different countries, you have many options. English language programs are not restricted to the obvious choices of EnglandIrelandScotlandAustralia and New Zealand. You can also consider DenmarkHong KongSouth Africa, Ghana, Sweden, and many others.
Students who are proficient in a language other than English can find excellent academic programs taught in the host language in locations such as China, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. Additionally, UCEAP offers intensive Language and Culture programs, many of which have no requirement of previous language study.
UCSB linguistics majors have gone to programs all over the world — Europe, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.

When should I study abroad?

Students can study abroad as early as their sophomore year or as late as their last semester, even in a fifth year. 
Regardless of when you plan to study abroad, start planning NOW! 

What classes should I take?

Depending on your course selection, you may fulfill major and/or GE requirements. The Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor and the advisors in the College of Letters and Science are available to help you select the courses that are right for your education and interests. Linguistics courses can be found at many UCEAP host universities, in both English and the host language. By searching Gaucho Credit Abroad and the UCEAP Course Catalog, you will get an idea of the types of linguistics courses UC students have taken around the world.

All EAP students automatically earn UC credit for the work they complete abroad. However, application of credit to major requirements will be 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 Plan ahead and consult with your advisors before leaving and while abroad.

Keep in mind that at least 20 units of upper-division major coursework (or 12 upper-division minor units) must be completed in residence at UCSB along with other residence requirements. Consult an advisor in the College of Letters & Science for more information.

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.

What happens when I return?

If you take courses abroad for which you wish to get credit towards your major, you should keep your syllabi, course materials, and essays and exams to present to your department advisor on your return. You will automatically earn UC credit for all classes successfully completed on EAP, just not necessarily credit within the department.

Department of Linguistics
3432C South Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3100
Phone: (805) 893-7492