Hello all, I am about to apply to the UC system for exchange. I will have to choose 3 campuses to apply. Berkeley is out of question, if I will be eligible to apply, it will definitely be my 1st choice. But I am undecided about other 3 (or 2) alternatives. Is there anybody here that has any idea about other 9 UC campuses? UCLA seems like an expensive alternative at the moment, so I crossed it out. San Diego and Santa Barbara seem alright, but I was told life is way too expensive in Santa Barbara. Is it so? Feel free to write me about ANY other UC campuses (Irvine, Davis, any of them) And I also another different question, I will not be very hard for me to supply 16k, but it will definitely cost considerable sacrifice. It seems like to me that this is like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Do you it is really worth it to spend 16k to get a one year education at UC? (It won't to a piece of cake to supply that much for me.) I am also curious whether professors at UC would be willing to give an exchange student a research opportunity. Do you know anything about it? Any information will be greatly appreciated.