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Academic Opportunities


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

Academic Internship Program

The Academic Internship Program (AIP) serves students from all colleges and 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.

Students can also participate in AIP Special Programs including UCDC: Internships in Washington, DC, UCCS: Internships in Sacramento, CA, and more.

For more information, visit the AIP website at or contact the AIP in the Virtual Advising Center.

AIP can also be used to satisfy the Sixth College Practicum

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa is a prestigious national honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at UC San Diego was chartered in 1977 and has initiated many thousands of exceptional UCSD students in the past 40+ years. Head to their Sigma Chapter page to learn more about Phi Beta Kappa at UC San Diego.

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:

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.

Students must file applications at Muir College Advising 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.

Morehouse/Spelman/Xavier Exchange Programs

The Thurgood Marshall College Exchange Program officially launched in the fall quarter of 1989 with the UC San Diego - Spelman/Morehouse Student Exchange Program. 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.

Marshall College is also excited to share a new exchange program with Xavier University of Louisiana, beginning Winter 2017.

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 the social and educational environment typical of California state colleges and universities. Similarly, the exchange students coming to UC San Diego from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and soon Xavier University of Louisiana, will have an opportunity to experience an exciting and very different educational environment.

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 review 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.

Interested in studying abroad as a UCSD Sixth College student?

Take a look at this video to get an overview of the process, hear from a returnee, and learn about the next steps!

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 annually— for students of all backgrounds and majors, and for all kinds of study abroad programs.

Through the UCEAP Promise Awards over 500 awards, $1,000 for summer or $2,000 for fall, spring, and year terms abroad will be distributed.

See UCEAP Promise Awards for eligibility and application.

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: 

Amgen Scholars 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 institutions to participate. 

For more information visit:

Conference Funding Support

Sixth College encourages students to be actively engaged in research as well as creative and artistic forms of expression.  This especially includes presentation at conferences of artistic or other projects and research papers either alone or jointly with other students or faculty mentors.       

For 2019-20, Sixth College has up to $3,000 to distribute in support of student participation in conferences.  Sixth College students can apply for up to $250 in funding support per student.  These funds must be used to subsidize travel and registration expenses associated with attending conferences.

Sixth College students from all majors are eligible to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.  Conferences do not need to be in a student’s major field but must be connected to a student’s academic experience.

Applications must be submitted prior to the conference.  They may be emailed to or submitted in writing to the Sixth College Provost’s Office which will review the submissions.  The applicant must secure a brief letter of support from a UCSD faculty sponsor who should separately email the letter to

Funding will be awarded as reimbursement; receipts must be submitted to the Sixth College Provost’s Office after the applicant attends the conference.