Reciprocal Exchange

Welcome to the University of California at Santa Barbara!

UCSB is one of ten University of California campuses. Our campus is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is famous for its Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and Mediterranean-like climate. Its mild temperature and prime location allow for a variety of outdoor activities all year round.  

UCSB boasts six Nobel Prize winners since 1998 and is listed as the sixth best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's "2021 Top Public Schools" guide, making it the ideal place to study abroad!

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Are you a non-U.S. student eager to study abroad and experience the culture of Central California?

The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers students from our partner universities the opportunity to come to UCSB as a visiting reciprocity student for one to two quarters or a year. If you are interested in applying to study at UCSB as a UCEAP reciprocity student, please visit the UCEAP Reciprocal Exchanges website for application instructions.

If you are not a student at one of our partner institutions, you are not eligible to come to UCSB through UCEAP.  If you are interested in a short-term visit as a student at UCSB, consider a program through UCSB Extension. Students who want to enroll in a degree program at UCSB must contact the UCSB Admissions Office for undergraduate admissions or the UCSB Graduate Division website for graduate admissions information.

Have you been admitted as a UCEAP Reciprocal Exchange student at UCSB?

Welcome! Explore the links on the left side of this page for more information.