Academic Opportunities

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These are just a few of the amazing opportunities offered at UCSD. Make sure to visit TritonLinkfor more details on the various programs offered by the university.

Academic Internship Program

AIP serves students from all six colleges and handles all undergraduate majors. Students planning to participate in the Academic Internship Program should apply at least one quarter before they want to be enrolled in the program. Students planning an out-of-town internship are encouraged to apply two quarters in advance. In cooperation with AIP and UC San Diego’s Programs Abroad Office, students also may participate in, and earn academic credit for, other established internships abroad.

Students can also participate in special national and international programs through AIP including UCDC: Internships in Washington, DC, UCCS: Internships in Sacramento, CA, PRIME: Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences, and more.

To be eligible for any AIP program, students must have completed at least ninety units of credit with some related upper-division course work and have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the date of application. For more information contact the AIP office at (858) 534-4355 or visit their website at http://aip.ucsd.edu.

AIP can also be used to satisfy the Sixth College Practicum. Please click here for more information.

Freshman and Senior Seminars

UC San Diego offers one-unit seminars to provide first year and upper division students with an opportunity to meet with faculty in a small class environment. They are taught by senior UC San Diego faculty and researchers and are limited to 20 students. The seminars are taught by faculty in their fields of expertise and explore topics of intellectual importance. Students participate in critical discussion with a small group of peers and faculty. Topics differ every quarter.

More information on Undergraduate Seminars

Professional and Graduate School Advising

All students considering an advanced degree in any field after graduation from UC San Diego should visit the Career Services Center (CSC) for advice and information on schools, admission requirements, applications, recommendation letters, tests, essays, fellowships, and interviews. Advisors assist students interested in any field of professional and graduate education, including medicine, law, business, teaching, and other health fields. Resources include over 2,000 professional and graduate school catalogs, directories, and brochures. Recruiters from across the country attend CSC’s Professional and Graduate School Info Fair and Law School Info Fair each fall. For more information please see their website: http://career.ucsd.edu.

University Exchange Programs

Intercampus Visitor Program

Ever wondered what it would be like to study at another school in the UC system? If so, the Intercampus Visitor Program is for you. Click here for more information provided by the Registrar's office.

Dartmouth Exchange Program

The Dartmouth College - Muir College Exchange Program was conceived by Muir's first Provost John Stewart and former Dartmouth Provost Leonard Rieser as a way to enrich the education of students from both colleges. The first exchange of students took place during the fall quarter, 1970, when Dartmouth was still an all-male institution (it became coeducational in 1972). With as many as 10 students from each school swapping places each quarter, the program continues to provide two challenging academic environments distinguished by markedly different climates.

Applications
Students must file their applications at the Muir College Academic Advising Office by the end of the third week preceding the quarter they wish to attend Dartmouth. Qualified students will be interviewed by the Dartmouth Exchange Program Reviewing Committee during the fourth week of the quarter.

Join our Dartmouth Exchange Facebook group!

Morehouse/Spelman Exchange Program

The UCSD/Morehouse/Spelman Student Exchange Program was officially launched in the fall quarter of 1989. This formal exchange program was developed by Thurgood Marshall College and is open to all UC San Diego undergraduates. Morehouse and Spelman Colleges are located in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the program is to provide a unique opportunity for students to live and study at important institutions of higher learning that are significantly different from their own social and educational environment. Completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units with a 2.7 or higher grade point average by the end of Spring quarter is required. More information and a link to the application.

Study Abroad at Sixth

How can I study abroad?

Study Abroad UC San Diego offers several ways to study abroad. Please refer to their website for more details on the opportunities awaiting you.

How to use coursework from abroad towards GE requirements?

After you follow the steps required to initiate your study abroad experience, you will need to have paperwork signed by your major department, minor department (if applicable) and then by your college advisor, in that order.

To obtain the college advisor's signature, attend a walk-in advising session. During this session we can preliminarily discuss how the courses might apply towards the Sixth GE's.

For a formal reivew of the courses, you will need to submit an undergraduate student petitionalong with a copy of  a current course description . This process can be reviewed during your walk-in advising session.

Please note that although you have the ability to petition, approval is not guaranteed. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the course is UC transferable and that the course does not duplicate previous coursework. Failure to comply with any of the above could result in your petition approval being revoked. If you have any questions, consult with advising before taking the course.

Sixth College Study Abroad Scholarship

The Sixth College Study Abroad Scholarship is open to Sixth College students who will participate in study abroad programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship Applicants must:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Be a registered, full-time student at UC San Diego.
  • Have sophomore standing by the time study abroad program begins.
  • Meet all requirements and prerequisites for the study abroad program.
  • Must demonstrate financial need for the scholarship, as determined by the student's total resources (including parental and spousal support), cost of education, and receipt of other scholarships and grants.

A Sixth College committee will review all scholarship applications and notify selected recipients. Only complete applications will be considered.

Deadline: For study abroad in Winter 2017/Spring 2017, the scholarship application deadline is midnight on November 18, 2016. Awardees will be notified via e-mail. Please submit completed applications by email to sixthstudyabroad@ucsd.edu.

NOTE: Students also need to complete separate applications for their intended study abroad program (e.g., EAP, OAP, CAPA, Global Seminars, financial aid, etc.). Contact Study Abroad UC San Diego for more information.

Winter 2017/Spring 2017 Application (PDF)

Questions? Please contact sixthstudyabroad@ucsd.edu.

UCEAP Promise Awards Scholarship

Education abroad is an investment in your academic, professional, and personal future, and UCEAP wants to help you afford this tremendous opportunity. We offer dozens of scholarships — over $1.5 million for 2015-16— for students of all backgrounds and majors, and for all kinds of study abroad programs.

Through the UCEAP Promise Awards we will award the following scholarships per departure term:

Term​ Award Application Open Application Close
Spring 2016​ ​$2,000 ​July 31, 2015 ​September 15, 2015
Summer 2016​ ​$1,000 ​January 2016 ​February 15, 2016
​Fall 2016 ​$2,000 ​January 2016 ​March 15, 2016

 
Over 500 awards, $1,000 for summer or $2,000 for fall, spring, and year terms abroad will be distributed.

The application cycle for Spring 2016 includes all winter and spring departures, including quarter, semester, or year programs (Southern Hemisphere).

International Studies Abroad

From now through November 1st, ISA will be offering students additional grant opportunities for select programs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

In order for students to receive a grant:

  • The student must be enrolled in a grant-eligible program and apply and be accepted to the program between now through November 1st.
  • Once accepted into a program, the student will need to simply contact their ISA Program Manager and request the grant, which will then be deducted from their account.
  • Please note: Students that have already enrolled in one of the grant-eligible programs will be contacted via email and provided with these instructions on how to receive the grant.

For more information visit: http://studiesabroad.com/ 

Amgen Scholars U.S. and Japan Programs

Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research. Applications for 2016 are now online through February 1, 2016 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the U.S. or Japan host instititions to participate. 

For more information visit: amgenscholars.com

2016 Blum Summer Field Internship

Blum Summer Field Internship, the annual interdisciplinary undergraduate internship program in the UCSD Community Stations. The 8.5 week internship will run July 5-August 31 and participating students will each receive a stipend of $3,000.

This internship fulfills the Sixth Practicum requirement.