Academic Exchanges

At GPS, we understand the value of a global perspective. Our students hail from nations near and far. Our curriculum features case studies from the Pacific region and beyond. And our student groups promote diversity and cultural exploration.

For those students interested in expanding their horizons even further, GPS offers a variety of academic exchanges with partner institutions in the Pacific region. Currently, we have formal exchanges with universities in Chile and Japan, with agreements in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico nearing completion. And we are adding more every day.

For GPS students, the optimal timing for these exchanges is Fall quarter of your second year. Early planning is key, so be sure to consult the academic advising team in Fall quarter of your first year. These exchanges are usually for a “semester” and are run through the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). The GPS Director of Degree Programs must sign off on each plan of study.

Open to both GPS students, and those of our partner institutions, to help offset the increased costs of studying abroad, GPS has a limited pool of funding to assist students interested in pursuing this opportunity. If you are interested in applying for this funding, please submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose describing why studying abroad is important to your future career plans (no more than 500 words)
  • Resume or CV
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation (for students seeking to come to GPS only)
  • TOEFL score (for students seeking to come to GPS only)

Send this material to the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs by April 1 for September/October start dates, or July 1 for January start dates.

For more information on going abroad while at GPS, including potential financial assistance, please contact us

Current Exchanges

All GPS courses are taught in English.
Courses in Chile are taught in Spanish, and those in Japan are taught in Japanese.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Universidad de Chile Facultad de Economía y Negocios

Universidad de Chile Instituto de Estudios Internacionales


The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

In addition to these formal exchanges, GPS faculty are dedicated to fostering collaborative research with experts around the globe. GPS has institutional MOUs with many leading research organizations which can assist students interested in creating their own educational exchanges.

Following is a list of our partners for research and student exchanges. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

  • Instituto Luiz Alberto Coimbra de Pós-Gradução e Pesquisa de Engenharia at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro—COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Instituto de Ciencia Politica, Chile
  • Universidad de Chile - Facultad de Economía y Negocios, Chile
  • Universidad de Chile - Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Chile
  • Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), China
  • Fudan University, China
  • National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China
  • Renmin University, China
  • Kyoto University, Japan
  • University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), Japan
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Korea Development Institute’s School of Public Policy and Management (KDI), Korea
  • Centro de Ensefianza Tecnica y Superior (CETYS), Baja California, Mexico
  • El Colegio de la Prontera Norte A.C. (EL COLEF), Mexico