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Is UCLA study abroad program a great option for incoming undergraduates?

I’m currently enrolled in UCLA. I hope to go into an exchange program for my final year, but I’m not sure if summer study abroad program offered by my school is good enough. Can anyone tell me about UCLA study abroad and how great it is? I hope to spend my final semester in Europe, preferably a Scandinavian country. What life do international students who choose to study in Sweden have and does the UCLA abroad program exist there?

Jan Berry

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Zach Chandler on April 10, 2018

It’s great that you want to spend a few months in a different environment. Studying abroad always allows you to experience student life from a different perspective, meet new people and create new networks that may have been otherwise underappreciated if you stay at your home institution. The University of California Education abroad (UCEAP) is one of the best exchange programs that I’ve heard of, and since you are in college, you should take full advantage of the opportunity. With the program, you will enroll in a partner institution abroad while maintaining student status and still being able to transfer all your credits back to the home campus.

There is a variety of benefits that you’ll get if you go to a foreign campus. You might learn a new language. Volunteering abroad is always a good idea and it will look good on your resume.  There are few key issues about the EAP program that I think you should know about. Firstly, it may take you up to three months to transfer your credits to your home institution if you enroll in the Study Abroad Summer program. This means that if you are doing it in the final semester, you may end up missing the graduation date in your home university. Maybe you should look to do the program a bit earlier then. Secondly, not all your course requirements may be available on the campus that you really want to attend. Thus you may end up settling for a campus that you didn’t want to go to. Keep in mind that the program works on a first come-first serve basis and it takes almost a year before the actual preparations can materialize so you should start planning early. The UCLA abroad Sweden study does exist although it has a limited course offer, i.e., a B.A in Scandinavian Languages and Culture. You’ll have to check with the EAP office to confirm what courses are offered there. Again, this brings us to one of the problems of these study abroad programs. They usually offer a very limited variety of courses to choose from which means you might not get the liberty of attending the campus you want especially if you’re looking to transfer credits. With proper planning, you can continue with your normal program and the regular course load you usually take back home.

Larry Warrena year ago

My experience at UCLA Melbourne was great, and I’m glad I went for the summer study abroad program in Australia. I didn’t know what to expect when I finally got there but seeing other international students who were just as thrilled as I was to be in a foreign land made the experience totally pleasant. I had only three months there, so I tried to make the most of the opportunity by engaging in all sorts of extracurricular activities. On the weekends we went hiking and visited some beaches. I will say it gets a bit expensive if you go out every weekend. However, I always tried to keep a tight budget, spending at most 70 bucks a week. The majority of the students I met were from Europe and the US, so I didn’t get the opportunity to learn a new language as I’d hoped. It was a great experience!


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