Ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements to participate in a study abroad program set by your Berkeley college.
Berkeley colleges have varying rules for the minimum number of units a student must complete prior to participation in study abroad, timeframe for declaring a major, completing the R&C requirement, satisfying senior residency, and more. You must research your college’s policies.
Topics that are common to the majority of colleges are covered below.
If your college does not have a webpage dedicated to study abroad participation, a link to contact information is provided. Visit a College Adviser to discuss the study abroad policies for your college.
• You will have junior standing during your study abroad program and still need to file the Petition to Declare a Major.
• You think study abroad will prevent you from completing the Reading and Composition requirement by the end of your sophomore year.
• You are studying abroad as a senior or will gain senior standing while abroad.
• You intend to graduate immediately after your study abroad program.
• You plan to double major.
• You plan to complete college breadth requirements on an independent study abroad program.
• You intend to extend study abroad participation from a summer or semester to a year.
• You will participate on an independent study abroad program.
You may fulfill the International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a UCEAP, Berkeley Global Edge, Berkeley Summer Abroad, Berkeley Global Internships, or IARU Global Summer Program. All of the required courses for each program must be completed with a C-/P or better.
Completion of study abroad programs sponsored by other accredited colleges and universities is also acceptable provided a student has obtained pre-approval from a College Adviser. Please note that not all programs may qualify.
UCEAP coursework may be evaluated to fulfill other Seven-Course Breadth categories. If you would like prospective courses to be considered for possible breadth approval, please follow the steps below. The process also applies to students seeking breadth approval for a course already completed on a UCEAP program.
1. Review the guidelines for approval of breadth courses.
2. Research possible courses offered by UCEAP programs of interest.
3. Review the list of previously approved UCEAP courses for your country and program.
4. If your course(s) of interest have not yet been evaluated, send an email to Laura Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include:
Your name, SID, email address, UCEAP program of interest, term of participation, and which breadth categories you have left to fulfill. If you already have a syllabus, please attach it to the email. It is not possible to obtain pre-approval until a complete syllabus is available from the host institution.
Students seeking breadth approval for courses for independent study abroad should consult a College Adviser. Students in the College of Letters & Science can write to email@example.com with attached syllabi to request a review of independent study abroad courses for breadth credit.
The following refers to the university-wide senior residency requirement. If you are not in the College of Letters & Science, confirm with your College Adviser if there is an additional residency requirement for your college.
Once you reach senior standing (90 units), you must complete 24 of your remaining units in residence at Berkeley. Although study abroad does not count towards senior residence, the Berkeley Academic Senate has approved a modified senior residence requirement for students participating in a Berkeley Summer Abroad, Berkeley Global Internships, or UCEAP program. To satisfy the modified senior residence requirement you must complete 24 (excluding study abroad or extension) units in residence after you reach junior standing (60 units). At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units. Make an appointment with your College Adviser to discuss the senior residence requirement if you are planning to study abroad as a senior.
If you are planning to do Berkeley Summer Abroad, Berkeley Global Internships, or UCEAP as your last term at Berkeley, please be advised that you cannot participate as a UC student (or be packaged for financial aid) if your “Expected Graduation” term in CalCentral is prior to your study abroad participation. You must work with your Berkeley college for approval to change your expected graduation date to the term of your study abroad participation, or later.
Participation in UCEAP as your final term may delay the administrative processing of your degree due to program end dates after the Berkeley term of participation, and/or slower reporting and posting of coursework to your Berkeley transcript. Your college will move you to the degree list following your term of participation if your grades have not posted by college deadlines for degree processing.
If a prospective employer or graduate school needs an official statement that you either will be or already have completed your degree requirements, inquire with your college if they offer a “Proof of Intent to Graduate” letter. If your UCEAP grades have already been posted to your transcript but you are awaiting degree processing, you can request a Certificate of Completion from the Office of the Registrar.