Global Learning

Many of our majors study abroad for a quarter, semester and sometimes a year during their time here at UCSC.  Both the Cognitive Science and Psychology major are very flexible in accommodating study abroad plans.

Get Started on the UCSC Global Learning website

View helpful video guides for study abroad planning on the UCSC Global Learning website here, including a Psychology Guide.  

Applying Abroad Coursework To Your Major

  • A maximum of THREE major requirements can be fulfilled abroad with the department’s approval
    • Cognitive Science
      • Students are allowed to take two upper division cognitive courses and one interdisciplinary elective to satisfy major requirements.
      • Transfer credit will not complete DC requirement, which is required to be taken at UCSC.
    • General Psychology, and Intensive Psychology (2019 & 2020 Catalogs)
      • Students are allowed to transfer two upper division courses (must be from 2 different areas) and one outside course to satisfy major requirements.
      • Transfer credit will not complete the three in-classroom requirements or DC required to take at UCSC.
    • Intensive Psychology (2010 Catalog)
      • Students are allowed to transfer three upper division courses to satisfy major requirements.
      • Transfer credit will not complete the four in-classroom requirements or DC required to take at UCSC.
  • If you would like to petition courses to fulfill major requirements, begin this process by emailing at least 2 weeks before the deadline to submit your study abroad application. 

  • Once your petition is reviewed you will receive an email from an advisor. Keep this email as proof of the Department's approval.

  • Once you have received approval for your abroad courses, include them in the Study Abroad Academic Approval Form provided in your study abroad application. 

  • Send your Study Abroad Academic Approval Form with a request for an advisor's signature by email to We will respond within 5 business days to any signature requests. 

  • If you're abroad and your courses change, you will need to contact the Department again via email for approval of any new courses.

  • If you are interested in fulfilling General Education requirements abroad, submit your possible GE course(s) to the Office of Admissions.

Tips While Studying Abroad

  • Please check your UCSC email often to not miss out important dates and deadlines. You will still be responsible to adhere to enrollment request and senior seminar deadlines.

  • Always check for dates and deadlines for registering, Senior Seminar Survey or Field Study opportunity deadlines for when you return to UCSC.

UCSC Exchanges and UCEAP: Courses & Grades

Grades can take up to 4 MONTHS after the official end date of your UCSC Exchange or UCEAP program to be posted to your UCSC transcript. 

Once your grades have been posted on your UCSC portal, contact your major advisor at to have your academic advisement report updated. Make sure to attach the email that shows proof of your course(s) approval.

View the Study Abroad for Cognitive Science & Psychology Majors Workshop presentation here

A note from Amy about her time Studying Abroad!


(Amy, Cognitive Science student)

"I must say that I did not realize what my UCEAP experience in Russia was worth until my return back to America.  Being a student in a place where the weather, language, cultural mentality, history, and even food is different from what I am used to, actually allowed me to learn beyond the books and texts that can seem routinely assigned.  I became more aware of just how much a person’s environment plays a role on their ability to be a student.  This is now a thought tool that I use as I continue my undergraduate education.  There is a greater ability to understand differing viewpoints, different reasonings, and respecting differences without judging.  This is essential for university students who aim to enhance critical thinking and awareness.  And just like anything that is worth having, my experience abroad did not come without its challenges.  Thankfully, that is where learning and personal growth often happens."