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Follow the steps below for successful academic planning of your study abroad:
- Review your degree progress.
Many colleges and departments have planning tools to create a degree plan and calendar.
- What courses do you still have to complete for your major, minor, and breadth/general education requirements?
- When are these courses usually offered?
- How many terms do you have left to complete your degree?
- Determine your college and department policies for study abroad.
Each college and department has different requirements regarding study abroad.
- Do your college and department recommend that you have completed certain courses or requirements prior to studying abroad?
- What major, minor, and breadth/general education requirements will your college and department allow you to satisfy with study abroad coursework?
- How many courses and units from study abroad are allowed toward these requirements?
- How many semester units must a study abroad course be worth in order to satisfy a requirement?
- Compile a study abroad course list.
Using academic information from your study abroad program, identify courses that you plan to take while abroad and create a course list to guide your planning process.
- Which courses are available to you as a study abroad student? Are there any restrictions or prerequisites?
- Are courses taught in English or in another language?
- What term(s) are courses usually offered on the program?
- How many courses and units are you required to enroll in?
- Are there alternative courses you can identify in case your initial courses are not available?
- Review your course list with your college and department.
Consult with your college to determine if your study abroad coursework may satisfy breadth/general education requirements and with your department to review major and/or minor requirements. Even if you are not planning to complete degree requirements while abroad, it is still recommended that you meet with your college and department.
- What steps are required by your college and department to request degree credit?
- What material do your college and department need to evaluate your courses (e.g. syllabi, course descriptions) prior to departure and upon your return?
- How will you communicate any changes to your course list to your college and department, especially once you are abroad?