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International opportunities program - Non-Study

The International Opportunities Program (IOP) is the link between UCI students and ANY international experience abroad that is not a part of the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) or UC Summer Abroad programs. At UCI, we divide non-study IOP experiences into five major categories below. All program details - such as requirements, program length, and costs - vary by program.  UCI students planning to participate in one of these programs - or any other program abroad - are IOP participants and need to pick up IOP Forms and Information from the the Study Abroad Center front desk!

The safety of UCI students abroad is of utmost importance. Read our policy (.pdf) on participation on IOP in countries with U.S. State Department Travel Warnings. 

    Work Programs

    Purpose:  Get paid while being culturally/linguistically immersed (not for careers abroad).
    Credit:  No academic credit.
    Finances:  Get paid.  No financial aid available.
    Other:  Some programs offer assistance with work visas.  Some programs place you in specific jobs.

    Volunteer Programs

    Purpose: Provide assistance in areas such as community development, social services, child care, elder care, public health, nature conservation/sustainable development, teaching English, women's empowerment, peace building, etc.
    Credit:  No academic credit.
    Finances:  Usually unpaid but some offer compensation (e.g. room & board).  Scholarships may be available.

    Internship Programs

    Purpose:  Gain work experience related to your major or future career. Common fields are communications, business, international relations, social welfare, social policy, marketing, journalism, engineering, computer science, theater, health…and more.
    Credit:  Some are attached to study programs, if so, credit is available for the study component. No academic credit for internships without a study component.
    Finances:  Those attached to a study program will require tuition fees.  Financial aid (including scholarships and loans; excluding work-study and UCI grants) is available for the study component. Those not attached to a study program are often unpaid, but some offer compensation (e.g. room & board or a stipend).  

    Research Programs

    Purpose:  Gain hands-on research experience usually in the social, biological, or physical sciences.
    Credit:  Some are attached to study programs, if so, credit is available for the study component. No academic credit for those not attached to a study program.
    Finances:  Usually unpaid.  Those attached to study programs will require tuition fees.  Financial aid (including scholarships and loans; excluding work-study and UCI grants) is available for the study component.

    Teaching English Programs

    Purpose:  Gain experience teaching English as a second language.
    Credit:  No academic credit.
    Finances:  Usually paid.  No financial aid available.
    Other:  Many programs require a BA.  Some do not require any teacher training/certification or language proficiency other than in English.  Many positions are available in Asia and Eastern Europe. Some volunteer programs offer English teaching opportunities.

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