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UCR Study Abroad - Other UC & Non-UC Programs

Other UC and Non-UC Programs Current Students

Other UC & Non-UC Programs - Current Students

Greetings from the Study Abroad Office!

We hope that you are enjoying your stay abroad! Please keep in mind your safety, priorities, and responsibilities while abroad. Check this page for updates and announcements that may affect you.

  • What to do when you arrive

    • Call home! - buy a cheap international phone card and let everyone know that you're okay.
    • Check in with the Study Center or International Office at your host university - introduce yourself, find out about orientation and find out everything you need to know.
    • Introduce yourself to your lecturers - let them know you're from overseas, find out about assessments, exams and anything else that may affect your studies.
    • Be aware of culture shock - it's not unusual to feel tired, anxious or apprehensive when you're in a new place. Talk to your new friends, call home or write to us.
    • Be safety conscious in the first few weeks, especially as you get used to your new environment and culture.
  • While You’re Abroad

Keep in touch. Make sure the Study Abroad Office has your overseas contact information. Check R’Mail regularly. This will be the official way that UCR corresponds with you.

Verify enrollment. Complete and submit your Enrollment Verification form to the Study Abroad Office.

Complete Academic Add/Drop From. If you change your courses while abroad please submit the Add/Drop Form to have the courses approved.

Save your documentation. Keep all records from your classes, including e-mails, letters, notes, syllabi and tests. If you have academic questions while you’re abroad, contact your UCR advisor or department for help. This helps you to show the work you’ve done to receive transfer credit.

  • Before You Come Home

Get your transcripts. Ask the other UC or non-UC program provider to send your transcripts to UC Riverside, Admissions Office, Attn: Study Abroad Office, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521.

Register for classes at UCR. You can still do this using RWeb.

  • Helpful Tips

Avoid Tourist Traps - Every city seems to have a section where chain burger joints and tacky T-shirt shops rule the streets like neighborhood thugs loitering on the corner. And every town has one or two attractions that get all the hype but offer none of the payoff. After months of watching your spending and saving up your vacation time, you deserve more. Be adventurous but smart, get acquainted with your city and know the local hot spots. You might just make a new friend.

Take Advantage of Hostels - Hostels are indeed a traveler's great pal for they do not only give you an inexpensive bed to sleep in, but may provide a continental breakfast or a kitchen that can be used. When you need advice on where to explore, hostel staff and crew can also be sought out for help.

Seek Out Student Services - Restaurants within campuses often give great worth to your dollar with a wide selection of foods at inexpensive costs. University of Helsinki student, Salla Porra, states that university restaurants are ideal for they offer large portions. She adds that such restaurants are located in central places and you may eat there even without a student card. She also suggests students to get in touch with their International Student's office to find restaurants who give student discounts.

Try Local Cuisine - Undoubtedly, restaurants for tourists seem to believe that all tourists have money. Try staying away from restaurants geared toward the tourist trade and seek out other possible dinner houses. Seek for advice from locals but make it vivid that you are on a stiff budget. So that you may not be led to an expensive eating place, simply ask a local the question, “Where do you eat?” Learn how commoners live when you're in a certain place to bring out the value of your dollar. As they say, “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. Don't dare to hesitate trying staple foods from different places. When you're in London, eat Cornish pastries or pub food. When you're in France, check out breads and cheeses. In Italy, eat some pizzas and pasta. By such, you get to enjoy your travel and as well as save some bucks.

You can contact us by email at if you have questions while you are abroad.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Education Abroad
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113