Study Abroad

Visit UCSD Study Abroad for detailed information on Study Abroad opportunities!

Useful Tips!

  • If you are considering Study Abroad courses, it's important to meet with your major advisor early to discuss how it might fit in with your academic plan.
  • Remember, programs and requirements change constantly. Visit the program or university website for the most up-to-date information.
  • If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, contact the program or university directly to find out if an exception can be made.
  • Summer only programs: remember to check the calendar! Many programs begin in early June, before UC San Diego spring quarter finishes.

Previously Petitioned Courses for SIO Majors:

This list is not inclusive of all courses eligible for major credit. Petitions must be submitted for all courses and credit within the major is not guaranteed.

Examples of Field Research Programs Abroad:

Programs for Academic Credit



  • School for Field Studies:
  • Programs in Panama, Turks & Caicos, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya/Tanzania, Costa Rica.
  • New Climate Change program in Chile.
  • CIEE:
  • Programs in Costa Rica (same program as EAP Costa Rica Trop Bio), Australia Tropical Ecology Summer (check dates)
  • School for International Training (SIT):
  • Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Madagascar, Panama, Tanzania
  • SEA Semester:
  • Live and study on a 134-foot sailing vessel.  Programs focus on marine and environmental Studies.

Programs for Non-Academic Credit