The Department of Economics has provided information for students who plan to study abroad. Review your department’s responses to the Major Advising Questionnaires below, then contact the department directly with any additional questions.
Berkeley Programs Questionnaire
UCEAP Programs Questionnaire
No more than two (2) courses can be taken “outside” of the major. This includes any course(s) taken off-campus and any pre-approved class taken on-campus from a department other than Economics. For more information on this policy, please visit https://www.econ.berkeley.edu/undergrad/current/courses-outside-department.
Plans for students who entered as Freshmen can be found on this page: https://www.econ.berkeley.edu/undergrad/prospective/freshmen. Plans currently show study abroad incorporated in summer sessions: THREE, THREE AND A HALF, or FOUR years. Sample plans for Transfer students can be found here. Transfer students are encouraged to discuss their study abroad options with an Economics Advisor.
Students submit the syllabus (or syllabi) for review using the Course Equivalency Request form. These requests are reviewed by the Undergraduate Economics Faculty Committee. Abroad courses in business, accounting, management, and marketing will not be approved, even if they are deemed equivalent to a course found on the list of approved electives at Berkeley. For an abroad course to count for the Economics major at Berkeley, it must be taught within or crosslisted with the Economics department at the partner institution.
If approved to count for the major, the course must transfer as 2.7 semester units minimum. The course must also transfer at the upper division level in order to count as an approved elective for the major. Course reviews can take 2-4 weeks.
A maximum of two upper-division courses taken outside of the department can be used towards economics degree requirements. (This includes approved economics elective courses taken at Berkeley that are outside of the economics department such as UGBA, Legal Studies, EEP, History, etc.)
Possibly, but this would need to be carefully planned with an Economics Advisor.
Yes. However, if a student takes an Economics prerequisite course on UCEAP prior to admission to the major, the UCEAP grade(s) will not be factored into the GPA calculation for admission.
An Economics Undergraduate Advisor signs the form and we only sign UCEAP academic planning forms for students who are officially declared in the Economics major. Undeclared students intending Economics are welcome to consult with an Economics advisor, however we do not sign UCEAP academic planning forms for undeclared students.
We advise students to check-in with an Advisor in the College of Letters & Sciences to be sure that their plans to study abroad enables them to stay on track with college requirements, including residency and expected graduation date.
Independent Programs Questionnaire
Yes, but this list is not public. We anticipate making this list available to students in 2020.
Students submit the syllabus (or syllabi) for review using the Course Equivalency Request form. If approved to count for the major, the course must transfer as 2.7 semester units minimum. The course must also transfer at the upper division level in order to count as an approved elective for the major. Course reviews can take 2-4 weeks.