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Education Abroad

The Gender & Sexuality Studies department encourages students to explore the international dimensions of a UCR education through study abroad. Exposure to other cultures and academic learning systems provides in-depth cross-cultural experiences, and helps facilitate the academic, professional and personal growth necessary for today’s globally interconnected world.

Both the Gender & Sexuality Studies major and the Sustainability Studies major offer flexible options to accommodate your study abroad plans.

Getting Started

Begin to plan your study abroad experience as early as possible, ideally in your first or second year at UCR. You can explore your options here. There are many opportunities to choose from, including quarter-long offerings through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), short-term options through the UCR Faculty Led Education Abroad Program (FLEAP), and other UC & Non-UC Programs. For more information, visit the UCR Office of Study Abroad, located in Surge 321. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.

Financial Aid

Many students wonder about the financial costs of study abroad. Fortunately, your financial aid can cover study abroad expenses. Find out more here. In addition, there are special scholarships available through UCEAP, located here.

Getting Course Credit

Please meet with your advisor as soon as possible to set up a plan for taking courses abroad that will fulfill requirements toward your major in Gender & Sexuality Studies or Sustainability Studies. Prior to the meeting, you must complete a UCEAP Academic Planning Form.

We have posted lists of approved courses taken abroad that satisfy GSST and SUST major requirements here and here.

Please note that these lists do not cover all of the education abroad courses that may potentially satisfy major requirements. Be sure to consult your advisor when planning your course schedule. If you have additional questions, contact the Gender & Sexuality Studies department at: ucrgsststudyabroad@gmail.com

Addressing Diversity While Studying Abroad

Making decisions about studying abroad involves a range of factors. Students may wonder how their experiences abroad may be impacted by intersectional experiences and identities including race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability. UCEAP offers multiple resources to help you navigate these questions, found here.

Returning to UCR

After returning from overseas, you will want to make sure that your transcripts and credits have transferred. Be sure to meet with an advisor when you are back on campus to ensure that the process of credit transfer is a smooth one.

In addition, students may experience reverse culture shock when returning to the U.S. and to UCR. To help navigate the complexities of navigating reentry, see the Office of Study Abroad returning students site here, and be sure to download the  Re-Entry Resource Handbook here.