The Cognitive Science 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 may declare at any time, although end of sophomore year is ideal.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The undergraduate adviser signs the forms.
- 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?
Yes, undeclared students should make an appointment with MacKenzie Moore and declared students should make an appointment with Catherine Byrne. Check our websiteinstructions on how to make an appointment.
- 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?
Courses from abroad programs can fulfill Cog Sci upper division electives only. 1-2 electives can be found in many abroad programs. Courses for the major must be approved by a major advisor.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
There are no program restrictions but students must find a faculty mentor as well as a reader for thesis projects in cognitive science; i.e., there is no class. If students plan to graduate one semester after being abroad, they may not have enough time.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Yes, for those courses accepted in completion of major requirements.
- 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.)?
We place holds on a portion of our students each semester. We are open to phone or skype appointments for students who are abroad.