Study Abroad

Unique opportunities to fulfill your bioengineering prerequisites or college GE’s are available at many host institutions worldwide through the University of California’s Education Abroad Program (EAP) or UCSD’s Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP).

While it is possible for Bioengineering majors to go abroad, it is very important to plan to go “sooner than later”, as the particular quarter, semester, summer or year that you study abroad depends on your individual progress in your major and what courses you plan to take while abroad. Because of the sequential nature of many of your required courses in the major, timing of your study abroad program will be critical if you plan to graduate in four years. Careful planning with your department advisors will insure you are aware of all of the opportunities available to you in fulfilling department requirements.

Study on EAP/OAP can be comparable to the cost of study at UC. In some cases, it is less. EAP participants pay UC fees and continue to receive UC financial aid while abroad. Furthermore, EAP students are eligible for special grants and scholarships from UC, the host country, and other sources.

OAP students may retain all or some of their funding while abroad, including special study abroad scholarships, but because of the variety of the programs found through OAP, costs for individual programs can vary greatly.

The Education Abroad Program places students at the a number of outstanding universities abroad. For a summary of EAP opportunities by country, please visit

For specific information about scholarships and financial aid, please visit

Students wishing to study abroad should take the following steps:

  1. Attend a First Steps meeting at the International Center

  2. Visit to see what's in store!

  3. Start your research in the Programs Abroad Library

  4. Schedule a visit with a Bioengineering advisor

  5. Meet with a Programs Abroad advisor

  6. Complete your Academic Planning Form

  7. Visit your college advising office

Please see an advisor in the Department of Bioengineering for specific requirements regarding study abroad and your major. Helpful website: