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
Yes. However, students must petition courses from abroad to satisfy our major requirements. Instructions for how to petition courses can be found on our website.
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.
Yes, but this information is currently not public to students as we require that students petition their courses for approval to ensure that they are within our “outside” courses policy when seeking approval for courses taken abroad (see above).
Plans can be found on this page: https://www.econ.berkeley.edu/undergrad/prospective/freshmen
If students have a preliminary idea of where they are going abroad, they need to identify the courses of interest, provide copies of the syllabi (.pdf format only) to the Economics Department, and complete the course equivalency request form. Faculty will review the syllabi, and students will be notified via email if the courses have been approved. Only economics courses are subject to approval. Business, history, political sciences courses, etc., will not be approved, even if they are equivalent to courses on the approved electives list. Course descriptions are not an acceptable substitution for course syllabi and will not be reviewed. Course reviews can take 2-4 weeks.
Courses must transfer back to Berkeley with at least 2.7 upper division semester units to count for the Economics major, and it is the responsibility of the students to verify the units. 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.
We advise students to be sure that they check-in with an Advisor in the College of Letters & Sciences to be sure they are meeting the senior residency requirement. We also discuss whether they have the correct expected graduation date in CalCentral according to when their program ends abroad and grades are expected.
Independent Programs Questionnaire
Yes, but this list is not public.
We would have to bring this to the attention of our Undergraduate Chair (and possibly the Faculty Teaching Committee) for review. At minimum, they would want to evaluate the curriculum for the program. This would require obtaining course syllabi.