Earth Science

Event Date: 

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 2:30pm

Study Abroad in Earth Science

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:

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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. In order to remain on track for their degree, students should discuss potential coursework with their major advisor before going abroad. Save all syllabi, papers and other relevant course information to help you petition courses for specific requirements. 

Use Gaucho Credit Abroad to search for the types of credit (i.e. major, minor, GE areas, or electives towards graduation) that UCSB students received for courses taken on UCEAP. You can find more UCEAP courses in the UCEAP Course Catalog and additional course listings on UCEAP partner university/program websites.

How do I get started?

Academic Planning Form Tutorial

Gaucho Credit Abroad Database