Study Abroad


Students are often able to participate in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) and UCSD’s Opportunties Abroad Programs (OAP) while still making progress toward the major. Interested students should contact the Study Abroad UC San Diego office, as well as the major or minor department. The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department encourages students to participate in these programs.

Before you go abroad, the key to success is planning and pre-approval!  Students considering studying abroad should discuss their plans with a MAE Academic Advisor in person or via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) before going abroad.  Be sure to submit a pre-approval petition as early as possible, with a syllabus from a previous iteration of the course, so that our faculty can review your request and you can be ready to enroll when you arrive at your institution abroad.

It is the student's responsibility to rearrange their course schedule to make sure they are able to stay on track to graduate. Please submit your modified academic plan to a MAE advisor for review.

We suggest that students look for elective-level courses that may not be offered at UC San Diego, to gain the most from their experience abroad, and request course substitution credit. Course equivalency with core-level courses is rarely approved. Any course used toward major or minor credit must be deemed UC-eligible and at least four units.

After your return to UC San Diego, your transcripts from abroad will be processed. While EAP transcripts should be processed by the University automatically, you may need to take action to facilitate this if you participate in a OAP program. Once your classes are showing properly on your Academic History, you must attach supporting documentation (such as homework assignments and exams) and re-submit the pre-approval petition for final approval, and notify the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) to officially bring them into your Degree Audit.

Follow this link to view the list of study abroad courses that have been approved for credit in the past.

Study Abroad Scholarships are available!  Don't forget to inquire about them, or find out more on their website.