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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, with agreements in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico nearing completion. And we are adding more every day.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Universidad de Chile Facultad de Economía y Negocios

Universidad de Chile Instituto de Estudios Internacionales

Details for GPS Students

For GPS students, the optimal timing for these exchanges is the summer between the first and second year of study, or Fall quarter of the second year. Early planning is key, so be sure to consult the academic advising team no later than Winter quarter of your first year.

These exchanges are usually for a “semester” and are run through the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). Note: Students must apply through UCEAP if it is their intention to use coursework towards their degree.

GPS and the Dean of Graduate Studies must grant permission to participate in a UCEAP program, so be sure to contact your academic advisor as soon as you begin thinking about going abroad. Prior to departure, the student must have completed one year of graduate work and be in good academic standing.

Application Process:

Step 1: Review UCEAP Program options. If graduate students are eligible to apply, it will be listed on the eligibility tab on the program overview page (GR=Graduate).

Step 2: Discuss your program(s) of interest with your graduate advisor and a UC San Diego Study Abroad Advisor. Your UC San Diego Study Abroad Advisor will discuss the feasibility of the program for graduate-level studies, and explain the next steps on how to apply. UCEAP application deadlines can be found here.

Step 3: Complete and submit the MyEAP and Tritons Abroad applications by the application deadline. Be sure to start early since you will be required to submit forms signed by GPS academic advisor(s).

Details for Students from Partner Schools

Students interested in attending GPS are encouraged to contact the Director of Degree Program Enrollment at GPS as well as the UC San Diego Study Abroad Office. Exchange students will fill out an online application for admission to non-degree status, if admitted to the program, deposit fees are waived. Courses at GPS are taught in English.

Financial Assistance

Open to both GPS students and those of our partner institutions, GPS has a limited pool of funding to assist students interested in pursuing this opportunity to help offset the costs of studying abroad. 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 Director of Degree Program Enrollment by March 1.


In addition to these formal exchanges, GPS faculty are dedicated to fostering collaborative research with experts around the globe. GPS has institutional Memorandum of Understandings (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