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Bobcats without Borders

How to Apply

There isn't necessarily a correct order to apply for study abroad but here is a suggested step-by-step guide.

The process to study abroad will depend on when you start exploring Study Abroad, what term you want to go abroad, and your academic goals and program expectations.

Below is a suggested guide to prioritize the steps to study abroad.


Research program options and academic needs.


Ask questions, if needed.


Get feedback from study abroad returnees.

  • Request returnee contact information from International Affairs for a specific country or program:


Check application deadlines.


Choose from a list of study abroad options.


Start application process.


Complete application & other requirements

  • MyEAP applications for UCEAP are submitted online.
  • UCSA and IOP applications are submitted directly to program provider.
  • Complete all UC Merced requirements for Study Abroad in the MyStudyAbroad Portal.


Check study abroad funding.