Field and Exchange Programs*

*UCSC does not offer this as an undergraduate major.

UC Santa Cruz offers a variety of field and exchange programs. Through field-placement programs, students gain or refine practical skills not usually taught in the classroom and provide needed services to various organizations, groups, and businesses. Students can receive academic credit for courses taken at other institutions and for fieldwork completed through almost all of these programs.

In addition to the opportunities available through the programs described below, internships are sponsored by UC Santa Cruz's Career Center, and independent field study is available through most departments on campus. For information on the many opportunities for undergraduate research at UC Santa Cruz, please see the Undergraduate Research Opportunities web page.

Economics Field Study Program

The Economics Field Study Program offers students an opportunity to integrate academic theory with hands-on work experience. Each quarter opportunities are available for students to earn academic credit while working in the local community (Economics 193) or elsewhere (Economics 198) and earn credit for the practice: service learning (PR-S) general education requirement. Students will work in a business setting where they are trained and supervised by a professional in their area of interest. An economics faculty member sponsors each student's field placement, providing guidance and encouraging them to blend the knowledge acquired in economics courses with the training they receive in the field placement. Students have completed projects in marketing, financial analysis, accounting, human resources, and international trade. They have conducted research on issues involving monetary trends, public policy, and the problems of small businesses.

The program is open to junior and senior declared economics majors in good standing. Students must prepare for field study a quarter in advance, in consultation with the field studies program coordinator. For further information, contact the Economics Field Studies Program Coordinator, (831) 459-5301,

Education Field Programs

Education Field Programs at UC Santa Cruz offer a variety of field opportunities, both for students who are preparing for careers in education and for those who wish to broaden their programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the study of education as a major social institution. The Education Department does not offer a major in education, but it does offer two minors: Education and STEM Education.

The general minor in education is an undergraduate program in which students explore the history of educational thought and philosophy, the politics and economics of education, learn­ing theory and pedagogy, and issues of cultural and linguistic diversity in education. As a part of the six-course minor sequence, students engage in field study in schools through Education 180, Introduction to Teaching. For more information, visit the Education Department website at

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) minor in education serves students in STEM majors who are considering or preparing for careers in secondary mathematics or science teaching. As a part of an eight-course sequence, students engage in field study in schools through a sequence of three classroom placements, culminating with Education 185L, Introduction to Teaching: Cal Teach 3. For more information, visit the Cal Teach website at

Environmental Studies Internship Program

Open to all UC Santa Cruz students, the Environmental Studies Internship Program is an integral academic component of the environmental studies major, and it augments the research and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students (see Environmental Studies Major Page). Placements include interning with faculty, graduate students, and partner research institutes locally, statewide, and internationally. Students can complete a senior project, and often find future employment, with the agency where they interned. Many students complete two to four internships, completing undergraduate careers with not only career-building experiences but significant professional contacts and impressive resumes as well.

Further information is available from the Environmental Studies Internship Program Office, 491 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, (831) 459-2104,

The Everett Program: A Social Innovation Lab

The Everett Program is a challenging academic and innovative educational opportunity at UCSC available to students of every major and catering mostly to students from frosh to junior year. After the year's program and project implementation, select students are invited to become Everett Fellows. The Everett Program focuses on applying social entrepreneurship and appropriate technology skills towards ameliorating social problems locally and globally. Students come in with a passion to change the world and leave with a skill set, partner organization, peer and staff support, and funding to implement a project in the summer after taking the course series.

Everett students take a sequence of three quarter-long classes starting fall and ending in spring that focus on project design, partnership development, and the use of information and communication technologies, such as participatory mapping, web design, video, CRM databases, and other software. During its 17-year history, the Everett Program has helped students work across CA, Washington D.C., Latin America, Malaysia, India, and many African countries. For more information, please see the Everett Program website at or call (831) 459-1572.

Health Sciences Internship Program

The Health Sciences Internship Program is a required course within the human biology major. The program offers students in the major a unique opportunity for career exploration, personal growth, and professional development. Paired with a professional mentor, students spend one quarter interning in a health-related setting. Placement opportunities cover a broad range, including public health, clinical settings, and nonprofit organizations. Participating mentors include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dentists, optometrists, physician's assistants, and more. Students enroll concurrently in the Biology 189W class, which uses the internship experience as a basis for scientific writing instruction, and fulfills the Disciplinary Communication General Education requirement for majors.

The Health Sciences Internship Coordinator works with students to prepare them for their internship and maintains a database of appropriate placements. Junior and senior human biology majors only are eligible to apply. Applications are due two quarters in advance. For further information, contact the Health Sciences Internship Coordinator, Caroline Berger, at (831) 459-5647,

Intercampus Visitor Program

The Intercampus Visitor Program enables students to take advantage of educational opportunities at other campuses of the University of California. Students may take courses not available at UC Santa Cruz, participate in special programs, or study with distinguished faculty at other campuses. The program is for one term only; students are expected to return to the Santa Cruz campus after the visit.

Each host campus establishes its own criteria for accepting students from other campuses as visitors. For more information, go to or contact the Office of the Registrar, 190 Hahn Student Services Building, (831) 459-4412,

Global Engagement - Study Abroad

Global Engagement (GE) is the locus of responsibility and leadership for Study Abroad at the UC Santa Cruz campus. We provide advising services and guidance to students seeking to participate in UCSC Study Abroad Programs, UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), UC Quarter & Summer Abroad Programs, or Non-UC Study Abroad Programs. Students interested in exploring their study abroad options should visit Global Engagement (105 Classroom Unit Building) to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor early in their college career and review the UCSC Study Abroad web site: Study abroad applications are generally due approximately 6-9 months in advance of the program abroad start date, so it is critical that students start planning well in advance.

UCSC students may choose to study abroad through UCSC Study Abroad Programs as well as UC Quarter & Summer Abroad Programs offered through other UC campuses. On UCSC Programs, financial aid will apply and students will enroll in UCSC courses. Some financial aid may apply to UC Quarter & Summer Abroad Programs, and students may apply to have coursework count toward GE or major requirements. Students should visit the UCSC Study Abroad website for more information:

The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study abroad while earning UC credit. UCEAP coursework may be used to fulfill UCSC major and GE requirements with advance planning and approval from the appropriate departments. Diverse program offerings are available in over 43 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. UCEAP serves students at all UC campuses at the sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate levels. Summer, quarter, semester, and year-long program options are available. Students receiving financial aid may apply their aid toward their UCEAP program costs. In addition, a wide variety of scholarships are offered for the purpose of studying abroad on UCEAP. Further information on UCEAP program offerings can be found on the UCEAP web site:

In addition, students also have a variety of study abroad options through Non-UC Independent Programs. UCSC Study Abroad is affiliated with a number of reputable study abroad organizations that run college-level academic programs all over the world. With approval from UCSC Admissions, students who study abroad independently may receive transfer credit for the courses they complete abroad. Transferable courses may be used to satisfy major, minor, or general education requirements at the discretion of the appropriate department. Some financial aid may apply and many non-UC programs offer scholarships to help offset the costs of the program. Further information on non-UC study abroad can be found on the UCSC Study Abroad web site:

Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Fieldwork

Field studies are independent, community-based study projects for academic credit, done under faculty sponsorship and arranged on an individual basis. Local opportunities for internships and field study in Latino/a communities on California’s Central Coast are numerous. Students should check the Latin American and Latino Studies Department website at for further information regarding the field-study process and course credit. A listing of local field-study programs and petition forms are available at the Latin American and Latino Studies Department office, 32 Merrill. 

Psychology Field-Study Program

The Psychology Field-Study Program provides qualified students with an opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with direct experience in a community agency. Students develop new skills and clarify personal and professional goals by working as interns in schools, criminal justice programs, corporations, and mental health and other social service agencies, where they are supervised by a professional within that organization. Psychology faculty members sponsor field-study students, helping them to synthesize their intern experience with psychology coursework and guiding them through an academic project.

Junior and senior psychology majors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for two quarters of field study. Interested students should attend an "Information Meeting," held each quarter, to obtain an overview of the program and an application. The meeting schedule is available at the start of each quarter and posted online. For more information:


The UCDC Program supervises and supports students who wish to pursue internships and academic study in the nation’s capital. The program is open through a competitive application process to juniors and seniors in all majors. Students enroll for fall, winter, or spring quarter, earn 12–15 course credits, and continue to be registered as full-time students. Courses are taught by UC faculty along with visiting faculty from the Washington, D.C. area. Applicant selection is based on academic record, a written statement, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

Students live in the UC Washington Center, together with students from all of the participating UC campuses. This provides a social and intellectual community throughout the quarter.

Interested students in junior or senior standing with strong academic records are encouraged to apply. For further information, contact the UCDC coordinator, 10 Merrill College,
(831) 459-2855,

UNH and UNM Exchange Programs

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) and University of New Mexico (UNM) Exchange Programs, through reciprocal agreements, allow students to study and live in different educational, geographic, and cultural environments for one term or for a full academic year. Participants need to be in good academic standing. Students pay UC Santa Cruz registration fees and are expected to return to Santa Cruz to complete their studies. 

Further information is available at or contact the special programs assistant in the Office of the Registrar,, (831) 459-4412.