Description: The Astronomy/Astrophysics Department has provided information for students participating in the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). Students participating on other study abroad programs should contact the department directly for more information.
Study Abroad Questionnaire:
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
Students can declare any time as long as they have completed most of their lower division prerequisites. If at all possible, it's best to avoid declaring the major during the first three weeks of the fall or spring semester.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
- Should students make an appointment to have their academic planning form signed in your department? If so, do they need to bring a transcript or any other supplemental materials with them to their appointment?
They can just drop in. Transfer students should bring an unofficial copy of their transcript from previous institutions to these meetings.
- What is the maximum amount of major credit given for courses taken during UCEAP? Is this maximum calculated by number of courses or by units of credit?
I don't know that we've ever encountered an issue around number of units or number of courses. Should probably be discussed on an individual basis.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Senior honors theses are generally two semesters, so if study abroad will disrupt the senior year, the student will need to meet with their honors adviser to see if it will work.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
If the courses are approved to be used to fulfill major requirements, then the EAP grade would be calculated.
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
Yes, same as above.
- If you represent a department which teaches foreign language, does your department award major credit for the courses taken during the Intensive Language Program (ILP) portion of the UCEAP program?
- Does your department distribute a special information sheet for your majors which includes advice on how to articulate participation with UCEAP with the major?
- Does your department place Academic holds on declared majors prior to each registration period? If yes, what is your departmental policy on releasing advising holds for students currently abroad on UCEAP (e.g. is advising possible via email, skype, etc.)?