Education Abroad

Geology student on windswept plains of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa.

"I will always be a field geologist at heart because I like to work in the sunshine, and explore geologic processes where they occur!" – Cara Harwood

The Earth and Planetary Sciences department strongly encourages interested students to pursue a portion of their UC Davis studies abroad. Within the constraints of the campus and College residence requirements, it is possible for students to complete significant portions of the Geology major at an international institution provided that the student consults with one of the undergraduate advisers and carefully plans a course of study abroad that will complement their course work at Davis.

Since 1962, the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has served as the UC systemwide international exchange program. Serving all ten campuses, UCEAP continues its support of the University of California's mission through academic instruction and exchange relationships around the world.

In recent years, UC Davis Geology majors have spent their junior or senior years completing upper division course work at Education Abroad Program (EAP) partner institutions including the University of Leeds, the University of Edinburgh (both in the United Kingdom), and the University of Auckland (in New Zealand). For foreign study through EAP, students must apply approximately one year in advance (i.e., in their sophomore year). Students must also maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for participation in these year-long study abroad programs.

The Faculty advisors for the Geology major have pre-approved the following study abroad courses to count for Upper Division Electives for the Geology major:

Note: These courses are only approved for elective credit as part of the study abroad programs they are listed under. Taking these courses outside of the study abroad programs does not guarantee elective credit for the Geology major.

The department also recommends the UCEAP summer program "Field Geology Summer School" at the University of St. Andrews as an introduction to geology for first- or second-year students. The courses taken at this program will not count towards the Geology major at UC Davis, but the program will serve as an excellent introduction to the many areas of geology, in a geologically fascinating area of the world.  

For more information, please consult

and/or contact your major adviser.