Study Abroad for Transfer Majors

Transfer students can spend a year, a semester or a summer studying abroad. Start planning now.

College is the time for exploration. Don’t miss out on a study abroad experience!

It is your responsibility to understand the UCSB residency requirements. Please review the Academics section of our website for additional information regarding your college, GE and UCEAP unit requirements, as well as residency requirements. It is highly recommended that you meet with the appropriate UCSB EAP Country Advisor for further consultation.

Why study abroad?

The benefits of studying and living abroad are tremendous. You can:

  • Perform research in your major abroad.
  • Advance your cross-cultural and problem-solving skills.
  • Gain new perspectives on American society, culture and influence.
  • Take advantage of unique academic coursework opportunities.
  • Arrange an internship in a local corporate, governmental, public, or private organization.
  • Develop self-confidence and independence.
  • Prepare for a career in an internationally competitive world.
  • Enhance your resume for job or graduate school applications.

When should I study abroad?

Most transfer students will study abroad in their second or even third year at UCSB. With careful planning, you can graduate while on UCEAP. If you plan to go on EAP prior to Fall start at UCSB, you must apply to UCSB Summer Session and inform your UCSB EAP program advisor.  Biology majors must first attend UCSB before applying for EAP.

Where should I study abroad?

As a transfer student, you should be focusing on your major requirements. UCEAP offers study abroad programs for every discipline through a wide range of programs. Even if you do not speak another language, you are not limited to English-speaking countries. EAP has program options with courses taught in English in over 30 countries, including many where English is not the first language of the host culture. Explore the various program options on the UCEAP website. Using the Program Search function, you can look for programs appropriate to specific majors. 

What classes should I take?

All EAP students automatically earn UC credit for the work they complete abroad. However, the application of credit to major requirements or GE requirements is subject to the discretion of the department and your college. Plan ahead and consult with your advisors before leaving and while abroad. Save all syllabi, papers and other relevant course information for courses you may want to petition for G.E. or major requirements.

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 a Letters & Science College advisor for more information.

How do I calculate my GPA?

GPA requirements must be met at the time of application and maintained through departure.
Transfer students attending UCSB with at least one completed quarter:  you will use your UCSB GPA. Your transfer GPA may not be considered. If your UCSB GPA does not meet the requirement, please consult with your EAP program advisor for guidance and other possible options.

Students enrolled in your first quarter at UCSB: Some UCEAP programs require that you complete a quarter at UCSB before you are eligible to apply. Check the Eligibility tab on your UCEAP Program page. If your program does not specifically require a UC GPA, you may use your transfer GPA to meet the program requirements. You should also submit your UCSB transcript, even if you have not completed any UCSB coursework at this point. All students MUST continue to meet the program requirements with the UCSB GPA you will receive at the end of your first term. Failure to meet the requirements with your UCSB GPA could result in your withdrawal from the EAP program.

Students currently applying to UCSB but NOT yet accepted: Your acceptance into UCEAP is CONDITIONAL and cannot be made official until you receive your official acceptance into UCSB. Therefore, if UCEAP conditionally accepts you and you are not accepted into UCSB, you will NOT be eligible to participate on UCEAP. Contact the UCSB EAP advisor. Biology majors must complete a term at UCSB prior to applying. 

How do I get started?

  • Stop by the UCSB EAP office at 2431 South Hall
  • Go the UCSB EAP website, “Getting Started” 
  • Use Gaucho Credit Abroad to search for the types of credit (i.e., major, minor, GE areas, or electives) that UCSB students received for courses taken on UCEAP
  • Use the UCEAP Course Catalog to see what courses all UC students have taken on UCEAP
  • To help you find the right program for you, use the UCEAP Program Search 
  • Go see your undergraduate advisor
  • Make an appointment with a Letters & Science advisor for General Ed and residency requirements