University of California Education Abroad Program

Cookie Policy Statement

This Statement explains what a cookie is and how the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) uses cookies on our primary websites.  Please note that other departments within UCEAP managing their own websites may utilize additional cookies specific to those websites.

What are cookies?

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.  Some cookies are essential to the website, while others you can opt out of or block.  Opting out or blocking some cookies may affect the functionality of the website.

Types of cookies?

There are four types of cookies

  • Strictly necessary: these are essential in to enable you to move around the websites and use their features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as registering for an account or completing an application, cannot be provided.
  • Performance: these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We use this information to improve our websites and to aid us in investigating problems raised by visitors. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.
  • Functionality: these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide more personal features. For instance, a functional cookie can be used to remember the volume level you prefer to use when watching videos on our websites. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • Third party: some website pages use third party services or software such as maps, online videos or social networking services.

How do we use cookies?

UCEAP uses cookies to remember users' actions and preferences, to identify the user, to collect statistical data, to improve website performance and to enhance the users' experience.
The following table details the cookies used on the UCEAP’s main websites.

First Party Cookies

Strictly Necessary/Essential Cookies - you must accept these cookies to use the online system and complete an application.
Cookie Name Data Stored Purpose Expiration Additional Information
A random unique number or string of letters and numbers. A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.  
Performance Cookies - these cookies help us make the website better.
Cookie Name Data Stored Purpose Expiration Additional Information
Google Analytics _ga
Random number or string of letters and numbers or domain name. Used to distinguish users. _ga expires after 2 years
_gid expires after 24 hours
More about Google Analytics:
Google Analytics _gat Random number or string of letters and numbers or domain name. Used to throttle request rate 1 minute Google's Privacy Policy:

Third Party Cookies

Performance Cookies - these cookies help us make the website better.
Cookie Name Data Stored Purpose Expiration Additional Information
Random number or string of letters and numbers or domain name. Used to monitor performance, collect statics about page views, geographical info about users. JSESSIONID closes when you close your browser.
Other New Relic cookies may stay on your computer for a long time.
Other Third Party Cookies.
Cookie Name Data Stored Purpose Expiration Additional Information
YouTube DSID
Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. Cookies are used to enable our users to view YouTube videos on the website. The cookies expiration date varies.

Please note: We are continuing to audit our systems to identify and accurate describe all cookies currently used and will update the list as the audit progresses.

The cookies we use will never be used for a purpose other than those stated.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish - for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Other third party websites

Our site may contain links to websites of third parties such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Wordpress. These are links only and do not create cookies.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.  Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these third party websites.