Study Abroad Opportunities

Because of the built-in flexibility of its curriculum the Environmental Studies Program allows students to participate in courses, programs, and opportunities that lead to independent thinking and experiential learning that can deepen a student’s understanding of the causes and effects of today’s environmental problems on a global scale.

Ever since it was first created as an academic unit over 40 years ago, UCSB’s Environmental Studies Program has encouraged its students to consider completing some portion of their undergraduate study through the University’s Education Abroad Program (EAP), other accredited study abroad programs, or UC's Washington Center or Sacramento Center programs.  Opportunities such as these allow ES students to apply academic credit towards their major while studying in a foreign country or interning for an environmentally related agency in our state or national capital.

Questions on how a student can maximize their time studying abroad should be directed to the ES Academic Advisors by emailing

Below are short summaries and links to some of the more popular Study Abroad programs for ES majors.

UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)

At present, the ES Program currently has over 45 students studying abroad in 17 different countries through the UC's Education Abroad Program - countries such as New Zealand, Ghana, Chile, England, Costa Rica, Denmark, China/Hong Kong, Italy, and Australia to name a few.  Through UC’s Education Abroad Program, more than 2,500 UC students are studying abroad at over 130 institutions in 35 countries, making it the larges Education Abroad program in the country.  
ES students interested in studying abroad are strongly encouraged to visit the UCSB EAP website sooner than later as the application process can often take months and early academic planning is critical to assure a student stays on track to graduate in a reasonable time.  You may also download EAP's Studying Abroad for ES Majors flier (.pdf) for more info.  

You can also visit a couple ES major videos on EAP 's Youtube playlist at:

Washington Center Program (UCDC)

Every quarter a select group of UCSB undergraduates are selected to travel to our Nation's Capital for a unique academic experience. While studying at UCSB's Washington Center, students combine real work experience via internships with independent research and study, and get to take advantage of the wide array of cultural and political opportunities in the political center of the United States and one of the most dynamic and important cities in the world.
This full academic internship program is offered every quarter, including summer and housing is included at a UC owned and run dormitory.  The application deadlines for this opportunity are normally three to five months ahead of the quarter one wants to participate, so be sure to visit UCSB's UCDC website for application info and deadlines.  

University of California Center in Sacramento (UCCS) Program

Similar to the UCDC program, students in the UCCS program have the opportunity to observe public policy processes firsthand in our state's capital. Designed for undergraduates in their junior or senior year, the program allows students to pursue internships and research projects specific to enhance their academic study.  Interested students are encouraged to get more info and apply via the UCCS website.

Other Study Abroad Programs

Students are not limited to just UCSB sponsored programs to study abroad.  Dozens of great programs are offered through sister UC campuses, universities, and colleges - too numerous to list here.   Interested students in such programs are encouraged to investigate them thoroughly and work with a UCSB College or Academic Advisor to assure units awarded are UC transferable and applicable towards major requirements before enrolling in a specific program.

Some Scholarship Info for Study Abroad and Field Studies Programs

THE FUND FOR EDUCATION ABROAD provides grants and scholarships for students participating in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.
THE GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP offers grants targeted toward students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad and who already receive federal Pell Grants. 
THE GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA offers 28 merit-based scholarships in 12 areas: medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.
FREEMAN-ASIA supports U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia. Students accepted to an SFS program in Cambodia may be eligible for this award.

» Visit the Rules for Applying EAP Credit for ES Majors