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Study Abroad

UC San Diego offers several options for students to take advantage of opportunities abroad. Options range from summer to year-long programs for UC credit, as well as work, internship, and volunteer abroad opportunities. Visit the UC San Diego Study Abroad Office to start your search for the right study abroad program for you!

Why Study Abroad?

 The experience of studying abroad can assist you in the following ways:

  • Give you an experience of a lifetime.
  • Set you apart and improve your resume by showing recruiters that you possess international skills. 
  • Widen your social network by meeting students and professors from around the world.
  • Expand your mind by learning a new culture and seeing the world from another perspective.
  • Add to your skill set by learning new techniques and approaches in chemistry that might not be taught at UC San Diego.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Start doing online research at least one year before you plan to go abroad. This will help you determine the best time of year to go abroad and whether you’re prepared academically.
  • Determine which program best fits your needs - UC Education Abroad Program (including the Global Seminar program) or the UC San Diego Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP).
  • If possible, complete your lower-division and foundational major coursework prior to studying abroad. These courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, physics, and biology (for pharm chem majors).
  • Review coursework that could potentially satisfy UC San Diego college and major requirements. See section on Previously Approved Courses for details.
  • Visit a Study Abroad counselor to discuss your options.
  • Meet with a Chemistry and Biochemistry Academic Advisor to plan the best time to study abroad, and to discuss petitioning your classes.

Previously Approved Courses


The courses listed below are to be used for your reference only. Before studying abroad, you must submit a pre-approval petition in order for the Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry to evaluate the coursework.

University Course UCSD Equivalent Course Approved
University of Bordeaux Chimie-Biochimie CHEM 140A 2015
University College Dublin Organic Chemistry 1 + 2 CHEM 40A + 40B + 43A
Maastricht University Biochemistry CHEM 114A 2017
Maastricht University Organic Chemistry CHEM 140A 2016
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico Chem 1111 + 2212 CHEM 6ABC 2017
National University of Singapore Organic Chemistry I (IEE2030) CHEM 140A 2016
National University of Singapore CM2121  CHEM 140A 2017
Yonsei University Organimetallic Chem+ Pharmacology Lab on Organic Chem + Instrumental Analysis CHEM 120A + 118 2017
Yonsei University Organic Chemistry 1 CHEM 140A 2016
Yonsei University General Chemistry CHEM 6A 2015
Yonsei University CHEM11S CHEM 6A 2017
Yonsei University BIOC 101B CHEM 114B 2016
National Taiwan University 186 S CHEM 199 2017
Imperial College London CE3-06 CHEM 171 2016
King's College London 5BBM0212 CHEM 118 2017
King's College London 5BBB0223 CHEM 114B 2017
Queen Mary University of London CHE203A CHEM 120A 2018
Queen Mary University of London CHE203B CHEM 120B 2018
Queen Mary University of London BIO161 CHEM 114A 2018
Queen Mary University of London CHE104 CHEM 135 2018
Queen Mary University of London CHE206A CHEM 168 2018
Queen Mary University of London CHE113 CHEM 120A 2017
Queen Mary University of London CHE204A CHEM 130 2018
University College London CHEM2304 CHEM 126 2017
University College London CHEM 2601 CHEM 114A 2016
University of Manchester CHEM 30432 CHEM 157 2018
University of Manchester CHEM 30212 CHEM 141 2018
University of Manchester CHEM 20312 CHEM 120A 2018
University of Ediburgh CHEM 10024- Synthetic Organic Chemistry  CHEM 152 2019
University of Ediburgh CHEM10048- Environmental Chemistry Level 10  CHEM 171 2019
University of Ediburgh CHEM 10052-Biomacromolecules Level 10 CHEM 114A 2019