Education Abroad

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.

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."

Steps to Studying Abroad

  • Login to SlugsAbroad using your Cruz ID and Gold Password & create your profile
  • Sign up and attend a First Steps Workshop
    • RSVP on SlugsAbroad using the “Events” tab at the top of the page.
  • Research programs on SlugsAbroad and select one that interests you
  • Apply for a passport if you don’t already possess one that is valid
    • You can apply for a passport at the Bay Tree Bookstore by appointment only.
    • Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the end of your program.
  • Fill out your program’s application and any other required forms
  • If needed, visit the Study Abroad Office located in the Division of Global Engagement, room 105. The office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00am- 12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm.
    • You must have attended a First Steps workshop in order to schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser.
    • You can schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser by calling (831)459-2858 during the office’s working hours.
  • If your program is a UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), meet with your Major Advisor (appointment needed) to fill out your printed Academic Planning Form
      • You can also come to drop-in advising with a peer advisor who can help you fill out your application—allow 2-5 business days for the paperwork to be signed by your major adviser.
      • You will then need to visit your College Advisor to fill out the rest of the academic planning form on your application.

Applying Abroad Coursework To Your Major

  • A maximum of THREE major requirements can be fulfilled abroad with the department’s approval
    • General Psychology
      • 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 four in classroom requirements or DC required to take at UCSC.
      • Sample Plan
      • Potential major requirements to fulfill
    • Intensive Psychology
      • 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.
      • Sample Plan 
    • 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.
      • Sample Plan
  • If you'd like to petition courses to fulfill major requirements, please email
  • Once you have received approval for your abroad courses, include them in your Academic Planning Form
    • Keep proof of your course approval email
  • 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.

UCEAP Courses & Grades

Grades can take up to 4 MONTHS after the official end date of your 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.

Spring 2019 Study Abroad Advising in the Psychology Department

During the Spring 2019 quarter, there will be various days and times that you can come to the Psychology Advising Office (SS2, room 273) and talk with a study abroad peer advisor or a Study Abroad CUIP Intern. These hours are:

Monday: 9-10:30am, 1-4pm

Wednesday:  9-10:30am, 1:30-4pm

Thursday: 1-4pm