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Financial Aid for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

Financial aid is available for most study-abroad and exchange programs, during both the summer and the regular academic year. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about eligibility.

Education Abroad Program (EAP)

The Education Abroad Program is a UC program, so you are a UC student and pay UC fees while in the program. The universitywide EAP office determines your costs, which will differ from the UCSD basic student budget. UCSD's Financial Aid Office adjusts your financial need and awards based on the cost of your program.

Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)

Opportunities Abroad Programs (OAP) are non-UC programs, but you may still qualify for financial aid through UCSD's Financial Aid Office. The sponsoring institution determines your costs, which differ from the UCSD basic student budget. UCSD's Financial Aid Office adjusts your financial need and awards based on the cost of your program.

Financial aid may also be available through your sponsoring institution, but you cannot receive aid through both UCSD and the sponsoring institution at the same time.

Global Seminars

Global Seminars are UCSD summer study abroad programs. All programs are 5-week-long study abroad experiences. Participating students must enroll in 2 courses for a total of 8 units of UCSD credit. These summer study abroad programs have costs that are higher than UCSD's typical summer costs. UCSD's Financial Aid Office adjusts your financial need and awards based on these increased costs.

Exchange program with Dartmouth College

John Muir College administers this exchange program, but Dartmouth's fees are greater than UCSD's. UCSD's Financial Aid Office will adjust your financial need and awards based on these increased costs.

Exchange programs with Spelman/ Morehouse Colleges

Thurgood Marshall College administers these exchange programs, which have fees that are higher than UCSD's typical costs. UCSD's Financial Aid Office adjusts your financial need and awards based on these increased costs.

Academic Internship Program (AIP)

UCSD's AIP programs usually offer academic credit. Certain types of loans may be available through UCSD's Financial Aid Office if you're enrolled in at least 6 units per quarter.

UCDC study-internship program

UCDC is a UCSD program, so you enroll at UCSD and pay the same fees on the normal UCSD student budget. The cost of living in Washington, D.C. is higher, so UCSD's Financial Aid Office adjusts your financial need and awards based on the costs of the UCDC program.

If you still have questions after reviewing the information above:

  • Contact the specific program offices listed above for questions about programs and costs.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office, (858) 534-4480, regarding financial aid eligibility.