Please visit the College of Engineering study abroad website for information on policies and procedures pertaining to study abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). Students participating on other study abroad programs should meet with their ESS Advisor.
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 apply directly to an engineering major. We do have a small undeclared program whereby students can select a major at the end of their first year, but no later than their 4th semester. Undeclared Engineering students will meet with their ESS Advisor regarding change of major.
Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The ESS Adviser approves the academic planning form. There is no faculty adviser signature required.
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, students meet with their ESS adviser to have their planning form reviewed and approved. If students wish to take courses towards their major requirements while on study abroad they should gather syllabi for the courses they are interested in taking beforehand (if possible).
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?
Each program is individually discussed with the student's ESS adviser. Courses for the major will have to be evaluated by faculty before course credit can be given. The ESS advisor can determine credit for humanities/social science courses.
Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
This has never come up in our college.
Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
Yes. Any courses taken through UCEAP that are used towards the student’s major requirements are part of the department and UC GPA.
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?
Yes. Forms can be found on our website.
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.)?
Advising holds vary by major but the ESS advisor will release any advising hold for a student on study abroad. Students should be in touch with their ESS advisor prior to the beginning of the registration period to ensure there is no hold on their registration.
Yes, if the courses are being used to satisfy upper division major requirements they are calculated into the upper division technical GPA.