Education Abroad is your gateway to the world.
The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department encourages its students to consider participation in an education abroad program as part of their studies. UCEAP perfectly complements an undergraduate education in our department by exposing students to aspects of the Earth system not observable in California and presenting the opportunity to take unique courses from world experts. The Education Abroad office offers international programs with internships, field study, research, language learning, service learning, volunteer and work opportunities.
You will find additional information specifically for studying abroad and helpful links on their website.
Why study abroad?
Study abroad is a transformative experience that allows you to travel the world while working toward your UC degree requirements.
- Expand your worldview
- Enhance your career opportunities and grow your network
- Learn another language and improve your multilingual skills
- Experience another culture first-hand
- Make new friends from around the world
- Discover new things about your own culture
- Learn more about yourself and gain self-awareness
- Strengthen communication, team-building and adaptability skills
- Boost your confidence and independence
- Become a savvy traveler
Can I afford it?
Did you know that in some cases learning abroad can be less expensive than staying on campus? When you participate in UCEAP you continue to pay your normal UCR tuition and fees. Your financial aid can be directed towards program costs. If you do not already receive financial aid, you may qualify for aid while on an education abroad program.
Applying to scholarships increases your chances of receiving funding. While each scholarship has its own level of competitiveness, all have the same goal of helping students to study or work abroad. There is a wealth of funding sources you can qualify for just by submitting a simple application before going abroad.
Between financial aid and scholarships, you do not have to pay more to learn abroad.
Will I fall behind?
Most students find that going abroad still keeps them on track for graduation. As of 2017 our department has reviewed all program offerings by UCEAP and have identified courses which are well suited to transfer into your major requirements. When you decide on a country and university our advisors work one-on-one with you to select offered courses that will transfer back into your major requirements so that the credits you take count! Because of conversion from semester courses into the UC quarter system it is possible you could complete graduation requirements early.
Where and when should I study abroad?
Since earth science is a diverse field with different emphases all over the world, you have dozens of choices of where to take courses that will broaden your knowledge. Deciding where to go abroad should be a balanced decision taking into consideration language, culture, location, university, specific faculty you might want to interact with, and course offerings. The majority of universities offer instruction in English, but if you have other languages under your belt more options are available. While it is possible for geoscience students to go abroad at almost any point in their academic careers, the particular term and length of time that you choose to study abroad will probably depend on the requirements you have left to complete the major and whether you plan to work towards your major while you are abroad (as opposed to say completing general education requirements). Keep in mind that applications for study abroad are typically due 6 months to a year prior to the program start date and some programs have academic or language prerequisites that must be satisfied in advance so research and plan early!
OK I’m interested! Now what?
The steps to study abroad can be found at MyUCR Abroad. Before meeting with an education abroad advisor, please follow the REQUIRED steps VERY CAREFULLY. Additionally, you can connect with the Earth Sciences Education Abroad Liaison Nicolas Barth or the Earth Sciences Undergraduate Advisor Gareth Funning to see how education abroad fits into your UCR academic plan.
Education Abroad Programs
University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
UCEAP is the University of California’s official study abroad program provider. All the benefits of home - UC credit, grades, and financial aid - travel with you.
Faculty Led Education Abroad Program (FLEAP)
FLEAP offers UCR courses in an international setting with UCR professors. With FLEAP, students have the opportunity to conduct research, collaborate with students from other countries and get first-hand experience in another culture.
Options vary every summer based on faculty interest.
Opportunities Abroad Programs (OAP)
OAP is any type of abroad experience offered by other UC campuses and non-UC study abroad programs which are governed by UCR’s Planned Opportunities Abroad Agreements.
Explore all options on MyUCR Abroad!
Here is our department’s shortlist of options with many courses that will transfer into our majors:
- University of Bristol (United Kingdom - England)
- University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom - Scotland)
- University College Dublin (United Kingdom - Ireland)
- University of Otago (New Zealand)
- McGill University (Canada)
Many more great options exist on MyUCR Abroad or explore our course transferability below.
In most cases, you will be able to either earn UC credit or receive transfer credit from your education abroad program.
Here is our list of potential course transferability identified to date. By no means is this list all-inclusive so if you have your sights on another university or are concerned about transferability of course contact your undergraduate academic advisor and EA advisor.
UCR students just like you participate in our international programs. They take classes, have internships, conduct research, learn languages, volunteer and work around the world. Experiencing life in another culture and building new skills helps UCR graduates become more competitive in their career search. Read the Latest Education Abroad Story Highlights to hear from real UCR students about their experiences abroad.
Questions? The Education Abroad staff is available online in their EA Chat Room. Keep a look out for upcoming events in the “EVENTS” tab in your MyUCR Abroad portal for more information.
- UCR Education Abroad Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UCR Earth Sciences Education Abroad Liaison: Nicolas Barth
- UCR Earth Sciences Undergraduate Advisor: Gareth Funning