There are usually two kinds of students who submit a UCEAP application. One worries too much and is afraid of messing up a form and subsequently face rejection. The other pays too little attention and often doesn't read the directions (you know who you are). Here are some tips with estimated completion times:
Estimated time: 20 minutes
You won't be able print and submit your MyEAP application until you've completed all required fields; it won't let you. It's hard to mess this one up, but here are some tips:
- For academic information, you will be listing coursework in progress only leading up to your term abroad. You can ignore terms beyond that point.
- If you've lost your passport, recover it. Don't create a new account with a new email.
- Although the application is online, you must print it out and sign it.
Estimated time: Less than 5 minutes (plus delivery for official transcripts)
Not every program requires transcripts. Check the MyEAP application checklist. Here are some basic transcript tips:
- The Office of the Registrar has posted transcript instructions online.
- Never order e-transcripts for study abroad; save yourself hours of misery.
- If you need official transcripts in a hurry, the fastest cheap way is to send them to your study abroad advisor in Kolligian Library, Room 108.
Academic Planning Form
Estimated time: 1 hour
Academic Planning Forms are where the rubber hits the road for academic programs. Here are some tips:
- Fill it them out in pen; one of the unofficial requirements to study in Japan is owning a black pen. You will have to redo page 2 if you filled it out in pencil.
- Use your MyDegreePath report and/or transcript to see what you have done. Use your MyDegreePath to plug in those requirements remaining to graduate.
- Convert quarter units to semester units.
- List MyEAP course codes, if available. If not, list host instutition course codes.
Estimated time: 5 minutes – 2 hours (plus mailing)
Passports have the longest waiting time of any study abroad requirement (unless you requested a letter of recommendation from a professor who went on sabbatical). We have plenty of info on passports. Here are some tips:
- Determine right away whether your current passport will suffice or whether you must renew/reapply; if you are unsure, ask your study abroad advisor.
- Most U.S. citizens applying to study abroad at UC Merced are ineligible for renewal and must reapply instead, but check the form requirements to be sure.
- If you must renew or reapply, contact your study abroad advisor about whether you need to pay extra to expedite your passport.
- New passport applications require in-person application. Many locations require appointments.