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Dates and Eligibility

Program requirements are about helping you find your best match in a new academic setting abroad. As a University of California (UC) program, requirements are carefully set to ensure you can access as many programs as possible. At the same time, eligibility will help you narrow the choices and find a program where you can succeed and thrive. Here’s some basic criteria to start.

Are you…

  • a registered, UC student?
  • in good academic standing?

If you answered yes to both of these questions—good news! You meet the qualifications to apply to UCEAP. If you are unsure about some of these questions, check in with your advisor on campus.


The following are minimum requirements to participate in this program. Some requirements are set by the host country, the host university, or third-party providers. Most requirements must be met at the time you apply. However, you have until departure to meet class level and language requirements. If you have questions, a study abroad advisor on campus can help.   

Class Level
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Minimum GPA
Prerequisite Courses
Eligible Majors
All UC majors welcome
Language Prerequisite
No minimum, but a maximum of 5 quarters/3 semesters university-level Spanish

No previous Spanish language is required. Students with more than 5 quarters/3 semesters of university-level Spanish language are not eligible for this program. 


Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?

Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of no Spanish language instruction and a maximum of the 5th quarter or 3rd semester of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.

Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites. In this program, you will enroll in a Spanish course specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.

This program is not suitable for Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with formal study of Spanish.

Language GPA