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Monday, February 1, 2021 - 2:30pm

Study Abroad for Linguistics Majors

Studying Abroad in Bologna, Italy

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 UCEAP 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 interactions. There is no better way to truly grasp the intricacies of another language than to immerse yourself in it. 

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! 

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 England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. You can also consider DenmarkGhanaHong Kong, South Africa, 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 France, Germany, Japan and Spain. 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 — Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

What classes should I take?

Depending on your course selection, you may fulfill major, minor and/or GE requirements. The Department of 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. You can find additional course listings on UCEAP partner university/program websites.

All UCEAP 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. Save all syllabi, course materials, papers, exams and other relevant course information to help you petition courses for specific requirements upon return. Plan ahead and consult with your advisors before leaving and while abroad.

How do I get started?

Academic Planning Form Tutorial

Gaucho Credit Abroad Database