University of California, Riverside

Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program

Opportunities Abroad Program

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Opportunities Abroad Program

Are you yearning to study, teach, intern or volunteer in a different country? The Opportunities Abroad Program, (OAP) might be for your! Similar to the Education Abroad Program (EAP), the OAP can help you to expereince cultural enrichment by spending time abroad.

What’s Different?

  • Organizations or institutions other than the University of California sponsor OAP.
  • OAP offers the chance to not only study abroad but also to intern, teach and volunteer.
  • OAP offers more flexibility with host country, program providers, GPA requirements, deadlines and program length.
  • With OAP, you receive transfer credit, as opposed to UCR credit.
  • You can finance your OAP with federal and state financial aid as determined by the FAFSA and potentially scholarships in your major—as opposed to UCR grants and scholarships.

We realize it takes an adventurous and curious spirit to embark on an OAP! Whatever you choose, we’re confident your program will help you to enjoy personal and professional success for years to come.

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 OAP 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 OAP program providers. View our list online, do research at the EAP and OAP library, talk to the OAP advisor or attend a Worldfest Study Abroad Fair, which takes place each fall and winter quarter. If you want to go on an OAP in a country that appears on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warnings list, UCR may not endorse your participation in an OAP in this region. Learn more about the Travel Warnings Policy.

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


Start Marking Your Calendars!

Because there will be so many workshops, steps and forms to complete, start the OAP application process as early as possible! We suggest dates on when to get started.


OAP Campus Application Deadlines for 2012-2013
Give yourself at least 6 weeks to complete the application process!

OAP Program Starts

Begin OAP Paperwork Process

Last Date to Begin OAP Paperwork Process

Submit OAP Paperwork to EAP and OAP Office Deadline

January - March 2013

September 24, 2012

November 1, 2012

November 30, 2012

April - June 2013

January 2, 2013

February 1, 2013

March 4, 2013

June - August 2013

March 1, 2013

March 22, 2013

May 1, 2013

August - December 2013

March 1, 2013

April 22, 2013

June 1, 2013

Congratulations on being selected for an OAP program!


(Photo: Daniel Pittack 

United Kingdom, 2008)

But there are important tasks you’ll need to do before you ago, while you’re away and when you return. To help you prepare, download this checklist.

Things to Do Right Now

Get forms. Attend an OAP Application workshop to get the following:

  • Confirmation of Intent
  • Planned Opportunities Abroad Agreement (to be signed by your department, Dean of College and the OAP Advisor)
  • Academic Planning (so you can receive academic credit for coursework completed abroad)
  • Consortium/Contractual agreement (so you can received financial aid)
  • Waiver of Liability
  • Authorize Release

Follow the guidelines of your selected program. Check in directly with your program institution for everything you need to do to make your OAP happen. Stay in regular contact with your program’s staff.

Apply for a passport and visa.

  • Apply for your passport
  • Access a visa application from your host country’s consulate 

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

Check R’Mail often. Your R’Mail account will be the only e-mail account where you receive official OAP information from UCR. In fact, create a folder for all OAP correspondence. If you change your physical address or phone number, contact your OAP representative immediately. Failed and untimely communication is a common reason why students become ineligible for OAP. 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:



LaSharon/Italy/OAP-International Studies Abroad/summer 2014/Financial Aid

Look for financial aid, grants and scholarships. Go here or schedule an appointment with your abroad advisor who can tell you what financial aid, grants and scholarships for which you’re eligible. Remember, as an OAP participant, you may not use UCR scholarships or grants to finance your program. If you receive financial aid through UCR, ask your study abroad advisor for a Consortium/Contractual Agreement, which you need to complete.

In the Months Before You Leave

Check if there are hazards of your host country. Review the "Students Abroad" site and research host country of safety and security issues.

Check with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Get or verify health insurance. Consult the Health & Safety section to know what the minimum recommended health insurance coverage. If you are a student with a disability, note that support services abroad may differ from what is available at UCR. Contact Student Special Services at UCR, your study abroad advisor, your OAP program provider for more assistance.

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 OAP, remember to go easy and stay focused on your excellent conduct and academic goals.

Grades still matter. Maintain the minimum academic eligibility requirements specific to your OAP program.

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.

Greetings from the EAP and OAP Office!

(Photo: Andrew Hornbeak
Semester at Sea, 2010)

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.

Verify enrollment. Complete and submit your Enrollment Verification form to the EAP and OAP Office.

Complete Academic Add/Drop From. If you change your courses while abroad please submit the Add/Drop Form to have the courses approved.

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

Get your transcripts. Ask your OAP provider to send your transcripts to UC Riverside, Admissions Office, Attn: OAP, 1101 Hinderaker Hall, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521.

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.

Look for your transcripts. Confirm that you’ve received your overseas transcripts or order them if you haven’t.

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