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Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program

Education Abroad Program

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Education Abroad Program

With more than 300 study abroad programs offered through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), we can get you to where you want to go. Through the EAP, you can join the 4,500-plus UC students who travel to 38 countries each year to experience academic excellence, cultural enhancement and personal growth.

Choose from full-year or short-term programs and a wide range of academic disciplines. Take regular host university courses or special courses designed for foreign students. You can study a language, conduct research and add breadth to your general education by taking specialized courses in your major.

Even better? Studying in a different country doesn’t have to be expensive. The EAP offers exceptional value at costs that are comparable to staying at UCR. Plus, you can use your UCR financial aid, grants and scholarships and still receive UCR credit.

And when you come home, you’ll find that the UCR campus still loves you.

Ready to apply?

That’s awesome. But before you start, we encourage you to do two very important things:

  • Think carefully about what you want from your EAP experience and how you want it to contribute to your academic and personal goals. It’s important you ponder these questions and answer them honestly before selecting a program. This way, you can pick a program that suits your personal academic and practical needs.
  • Research the hundreds of EAP opportunities on the UCEAP site. Whether you want to study in the United Kingdom, Ghana or Brazil, start by researching the country where you want to study. Use the UCEAP Program Wizard to look for programs by subject area or for specific courses on the EAP Course Catalog.

Now you can start Step 1 to Studying Abroad! Go to MyUCR Abroad to get started.


It’s Affordable

Going abroad on UC’s official study abroad program allows you to enjoy exceptional value and perks:

  • Once you’re accepted to an EAP program, your financial aid will be automatically re-packaged according to the cost of your program.
  • You may use an extended payment plan with zero interest.
  • You may be eligible for exclusive scholarships for UC students studying abroad.
  • You’ll become a member in the elite network of UCEAP study abroad alumni.

Enjoy Comparable Costs to Staying at UCR

Did you know? Studying in one of the 38 countries that participate in the UCEAP is affordable! Depending on where you go and the program you select, you can save about 17 to 25 percent on tuition and expenses to study abroad through UCEAP.


(2011 stats)


Average costs for undergraduate, in-state UC students who live off-campus.


Average price range depending on the country.








UCEAP costs include:



  • Tuition and instructional costs
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Accident, medical and travel insurance
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Orientation and advising
  • Independent study or internship opportunities
  • Round-trip airfare and other travel-related expenses
  • Housing and meals
  • Local transportation and other incidentals


To see the latest information and specific costs per country, visit the Our Programs page on the UCEAP website.


Start Marking Your Calendars!

To participate on an Education Abroad Program, you’ll need to remember some important dates—starting with your application deadline.For specific program deadlines, go to the EAP Application Deadline page or email us at Also note:

  • On Mondays, the EAP and OAP Office will accept completed applications between 3-5 p.m.
  • For extended deadline applications, submit your application to the EAP and OAP Office on the deadline date between 3-5 p.m.


Congratulations on being selected for an EAP program!


(Photo: LaShe Rodriguez 

Australia, 2010)


We’re positive that you’ll enjoy one of the most memorable and enriching experiences of your college career and beyond. But let’s make sure you take all of the necessary steps so you’re absolutely ready when it’s time!

Things to Do Right Now

Complete and submit pre-departure documents. Access them on the UCEAP website. Go to “Participants,” choose your host country, then click on your program to see your UCEAP Travel Requirements and Pre-Departure Checklist. In this section, click on every link, follow all instructions and complete and submit all forms by the listed deadlines. If you don’t see documents for the 2014-15 academic year, refer to the 2013-14 documents.

Get important info @ MyUCR Abroad. Log in to MyUCR Abroad, then go to Information for Selected EAP Participants to read detailed information about your EAP selection.

Check R’Mail often. Your R’Mail account will be the only e-mail account where you receive official EAP information from UCEAP and UCR. Check it often! In fact, create a folder for all EAP correspondence. If you change your physical address or phone number, contact your EAP representative immediately. Failed and untimely communication is a common reason why students become ineligible for EAP. Don’t let this happen to you!

Use this subject line. So that your study abroad advisor can respond to your R’Mail quickly, use this subject line format:



Mike/Senegal/EAP-Lang & Culture/Fall 2014/Program Selection

Take care of academics. Fulfill the unit requirements listed in your program brochures. Also, depending on your program, you might have to fulfill a language course. Ask your academic advisor, foreign language advisor or College Dean about courseware. If you’ll be a junior when you study abroad, you’ll need to declare your major by the quarter before you leave.

Apply for a passport and visa.

In the Months Before You Leave

Get your health clearance. To participate in the EAP program, complete your health clearance 60 days before you leave. It’s mandatory. Get a checklist for everything you need in the Abroad Advisor A-Z section. Look for “Health Clearance for EAP Participants”.

Attend mandatory meetings and orientation. Even if you need to adjust your work schedule, family events or study time, we can’t stress enough how important it is to attend these mandatory meetings. If you miss any of them, you’ll be considered non-compliant with program obligations.

Oh behave! If you start to feel like you want to slack after you’ve been selected for EAP, remember to go easy and stay focused on your excellent conduct and academic goals. If your academic, social or personal conduct raises concerns with any of the groups or individuals who supported your selection, you could be withdrawn from the EAP program. Plus, you’ll have to pay the penalty fee and any other pre-departure expenses.

Grades still matter. Maintain the minimum academic eligibility requirements specific to your EAP program. If you’re placed on academic probation or subject to dismissal before your scheduled departure date, contact your EAP advisor immediately. We will talk with your college and department advisors to determine continued support of your EAP participation. If you don’t have the necessary units or if your grades fall below the GPA program requirement after you’re selected, you may be subject to dismissal from EAP.

Stay current. Read any news and learn about any important events in your host country and at your program institution. Google searches will point you to online magazines that cover your region. If you plan to speak or study in the language of your host country, read publication in that language to get familiar.

If You Have to Withdraw

Because you’ve worked extremely hard to make it through the EAP application process (and for that we commend you!), we don’t anticipate that you will have to withdraw from the program. Just in case:

    • Be aware of what your last day is to withdraw from the program without having to pay a $500 fee. If you withdraw after that date, you will be charged a minimum of $500 plus additional fees depending on the program.
    • If you plan to withdraw, the process must be completed in writing. Make an appointment with an EAP advisor to complete the withdrawal paperwork.


      1. READ ALL detailed informationon your selection by logging into the Selected Student section on MyUCR Abroad.
      2. READ ALL of the information on each tab and in each link of the “Participants” section on UCEAP website.
      3. FILL OUT the required paperwork and mail it to the designated offices by the specified dates.             

Greetings from the EAP and OAP Office!

(Photo: Rowena Duro
London, United Kingdom, 2004)

We hope that you are enjoying your stay abroad! Please keep in mind your safety, priorities, and responsibilities while abroad. Check this page for updates and announcements that may affect you.

What to do when you arrive

  • Call home! - buy a cheap international phone card and let everyone know that you're okay.
  • Check in with the Study Center or International Office at your host university - introduce yourself, find out about orientation and find out everything you need to know.
  • Introduce yourself to your lecturers - let them know you're from overseas, find out about assessments, exams and anything else that may affect your studies.
  • Be aware of culture shock - it's not unusual to feel tired, anxious or apprehensive when you're in a new place. Talk to your new friends, call home or write to us.
  • Be safety conscious in the first few weeks, especially as you get used to your new environment and culture.

While You’re Abroad

Keep in touch. Make sure the EAP and OAP Office has your overseas contact information. Check R’Mail regularly. This will be the official way that UCR corresponds with you.

Save your documentation. Keep all records from your classes, including e-mails, letters, notes, syllabi and tests. If you have academic questions while you’re abroad, contact your UCR advisor or department for help. This helps you to show the work you’ve done to receive transfer credit.

Before You Come Home

Register for classes at UCR. You can still do this using GROWL.

Helpful Tips

Avoid Tourist Traps - Every city seems to have a section where chain burger joints and tacky T-shirt shops rule the streets like neighborhood thugs loitering on the corner. And every town has one or two attractions that get all the hype but offer none of the payoff. After months of watching your spending and saving up your vacation time, you deserve more. Be adventurous but smart, get acquainted with your city and know the local hot spots. You might just make a new friend.

Take Advantage of Hostels - Hostels are indeed a traveler's great pal for they do not only give you an inexpensive bed to sleep in, but may provide a continental breakfast or a kitchen that can be used. When you need advice on where to explore, hostel staff and crew can also be sought out for help.

Seek Out Student Services - Restaurants within campuses often give great worth to your dollar with a wide selection of foods at inexpensive costs. University of Helsinki student, Salla Porra, states that university restaurants are ideal for they offer large portions. She adds that such restaurants are located in central places and you may eat there even without a student card. She also suggests students to get in touch with their International Student's office to find restaurants who give student discounts.

Try Local Cuisine - Undoubtedly, restaurants for tourists seem to believe that all tourists have money. Try staying away from restaurants geared toward the tourist trade and seek out other possible dinner houses. Seek for advice from locals but make it vivid that you are on a stiff budget. So that you may not be led to an expensive eating place, simply ask a local the question, “Where do you eat?” Learn how commoners live when you're in a certain place to bring out the value of your dollar. As they say, “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. Don't dare to hesitate trying staple foods from different places. When you're in London, eat Cornish pastries or pub food. When you're in France, check out breads and cheeses. In Italy, eat some pizzas and pasta. By such, you get to enjoy your travel and as well as save some bucks.

You can contact us by email at if you have questions while you are abroad.

Congratulations on the completion of your study abroad program!

We hope that your experience abroad was everything you hoped it would be!

After You Return

Check in with EAP and OAP Office. Schedule an appointment with your study abroad adstudents sitting with boxesvisor so they can update your contact info. Use this opportunity to share feedback about your program and overall experience.

Complete the Study Abroad Survey. Register on Abroad101 and complete our Study Abroad Survey.

Verify credit transfer. Make sure your overseas course credit is recorded in GROWL.

Check in with your academic advisor or department. Meet with your academic advisor or department about fulfilling your general education or department requirements after you’ve received overseas credit.

Sharing is caring! Help other UCR students experience what you’ve accomplished by getting involved. Submit photos and blogs to share with prospective students on website. Volunteer or work with the EAP and OAP Office. Positions are available throughout the year. Look into the Global Opportunities Abroad Leader program.

Contact us for more information!

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program
Olmsted Hall, Room 2322

Tel: (951) 827-2508
Fax: (951) 827-2618