University of California
City: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside,
San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Merced
Website: University of California
Approximate semester dates:

Berkeley and Merced campuses

Fall Semester: August till December

Spring Semester: February till May

 

All other campuses

Fall Quarter: September till December

Winter Quarter: January till March

Spring Quarter: April till June

 

Please note: All students who apply for exchange in UQ Semester 1 to a 'Quarter Campus' must complete both the Winter and Spring Quarters.

Language of instruction: English
Full time load equivalent:

Semester Campus: 15-17 units per term.


Quarter Campus:
Fall Quarter Only: 15-17 units per quarter.
Winter & Spring Quarters: 12 units per quarter (24 units). (Minimum US immigration requirement)

 

Please note: UC major courses are intense.  Most UC students enroll in 15-17 units per term, a combination of major and general education course units.  Therefore plan to take no more than two courses in your major.

 

(One unit represents three hours of work per week by the student, including both class attendance and preparation.)

Fields of Study Available:

Campus Selection Instructions: Students choosing to study at the University of California should be prepared to attend any of the 8 campuses available. While you will nominate your top campus-choices, you may not be placed at your first, second or third choice due to availability of courses and places. 

Each campus offers a variety of fields of study and applicants may be placed at any campus where their field of study is avaialble. Read more about each campus on the Discover UC webpage. 

Course Availability by Campus - please also visit the Impacted Majors tab to learn about particular course restrictions at each campus

Course Catalogue

 

Lower Division Courses (1st or 2nd year) = 1-99
Upper Division Courses (3rd or 4th year) = 100-199*
Upper Division Courses 198-199 are usually for thesis or research exchange students.

 *Students wishing to study upper-division courses (numbered 100-199) in Biology, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering or Psychology must meet the pre-requisites outlined for your major and all courses you wish to undertake.  See Pre-requisites for selected majors here

 

WHAT TO STUDY AT UC? - The University of California will not provide additional course information other than the course descriptions available on their website.  Therefore it is highly recommended that you have a full-load of general electives if you wish to study at UC. DO NOT contact UC or the host campus for detailed course descriptions.  

 

Please note that the options listed on this webpage should be used as a guide only. Additional discipline areas may be available. For current information about fields of study, course selection and language proficiency requirements, please check the host university's website.

Restricted Fields of Study:

Extremely Restricted Courses - see Impacted Majors Tab for specific campus restrictions. 


Postgraduate studies are unavailable


Law is unavailable

The University of California will not release detailed course information (including syllabi) - please do not contact the University for this information. It is recommended that students applying to UC have flexibility in the courses that they can take while on exchange. Should you have any questions regarding additional course information, please contact UQ Abroad.

Approximate living expenses:

Undergraduate Estimated Living Expenses - Please see Money Matters section of the UC Reciprocity Student Guide
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Insurance:

All students studying at all UC campuses are required to maintain adequate health coverage throughout the duration of their exchange. Information regarding the UC Student Health Insurance Plan, including costs and benefits, can be found here (see Health Services and Health Insurance Section).

Depending on the UC campus, students may be eligible to waive the UC Student Health Insurance Plan if they have sufficient coverage and meet the campus's minimum requirements for coverage. Each campus has different waiver criteria. For campus-specific information, read the host UC campus pre-arrival instructions page under the 'Health Insurance' section for information. Please note that the waiver of the UC Student Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and is subject to the host UC campus's approval. If your current insurance does not meet UC's minimum requirements for coverage you will be required to purchase UC's Student Health Insurance Plan.

Additional information:

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5

When applying to UC, students must be prepared to attend any of UC's campuses - even if it is not one of your four nominated choices.

Read more about each campus on the Discover UC webpage.  

UC Exchange Student Guide
**This includes academic, housing insurance and welfare information**


Regarding assessment methods, usually a final exam grade alone does not determine the overall grade for the class. Class attendance and participation in class discussion are obligatory. Cooperative learning activities and group projects (sometimes after class hours) may be evaluated and represent a significant part of the grade. Grading in most UC courses is cumulative and requires that students perform well in all work assigned over the course of the term to receive a high grade. Course instructors at UC may expect that students complete daily or weekly graded assignments.



Students wishing to study Business/Commerce at UC must have successfully completed either Maths B and Maths C in their final year of highschool, or MATH1040 and MATH1050 at UQ, or equivalent.

Please Note:

Students applying to study at the University of California (UC) must be willing to attend any of the nine campuses where courses in your area of study are available.  If you are nominated to apply to UC and choose to withdraw from the UQ Abroad program, you will not be eligible to apply to UC in future semesters due to the University’s high demand.

 

 

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