learning outside the classroom

not all classrooms have four walls

Sure, you could have a perfectly respectable college career attending classes and lectures, studying in your room and sticking close to campus. But you don’t have to. UC Merced has many opportunities for you to leave your comfort zone and learn out in the field.


You can combine an internship in your area of academic interest with field research and coursework taught by University of California professors for a semester in Washington, D.C. Network with lawmakers, work in legislative offices, attend debates and hearings, and more.

uc education abroad program

There are opportunities in nearly 40 countries through scores of partner institutions for summer, semester and yearlong study, research and training programs.

wildflowers, not white boards

We are quite proud of something that gives us an edge over every other university – proximity to Yosemite National Park. This allows us to offer resources that are truly unique to UC Merced.


Regardless of your major or previous outdoor experience, you can gain the skills to lead, advocate for the environment, make informed ethical decisions and create social change during the two-year program.


The Yosemite Field Station is ideally situated inside the park to support field research projects in Yosemite and the Sierra National Forest, along with workshops, retreats and presentations from artists and writers. It is dedicated to facilitating links between science, art, education and natural resource management.