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Education Abroad Programs


Education Abroad is your gateway to the world

The Department of Sociology encourages its students to consider participation in an education abroad program as part of their studies.

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. Let's get started.

Steps to Learn Abroad

The information on our Steps to Learn Abroad can be found on MyUCR Abroad. Before meeting with an education abroad advisor, PLEASE follow our REQUIRED steps to learn abroad VERY CAREFULLY! Additionally, we always recommend connecting with your UCR academic advisor too, to see how education abroad fits into your UCR academic plan.

Top 10 reasons to 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 & adaptability skills
  • Boost your confidence & independence
  • Become a savvy traveler

* https://www.iie.org/Learn/Blog/2017/11/2017-Nov-14-10-Great-Reasons-to-Study-Abroad

Education Abroad Programs

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. View FLEAP options on MyUCR Abroad!

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.

Many more great options exist on MyUCR Abroad!

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.

There is a variety of options on MyUCR Abroad!

Financial Aid/Scholarship

Did you know that in some cases learning abroad can be less expensive than staying on campus? 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.

Between financial aid and scholarships, you do not have to pay more to learn abroad. Many organizations understand the benefits of a global education. Not only will they look for it when recruiting graduates, but many will help you pay for it too. There is a wealth of funding sources you can qualify for just by submitting a simple application before going abroad.

Student Testimonials

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.

Contact Information

Questions? The Education Abroad staff is available online! Please email them at educationabroad@ucr.edu or visit them in their EA Chat Room. Keep a look out for upcoming events in the “EVENTS” tab in your MyUCR Abroad portal for more information.