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We are here to support students as they make decisions. Please speak with a study abroad adviser if you have questions or concerns.

Economics

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.

 

Advising Resources

 

Study Abroad for Economics Majors (PDF)

Study Abroad Information on the Economics Website

Economics Advising Contact Information

 

Berkeley Programs Questionnaire

 

Does your department currently sponsor a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program?

No.

Do any courses offered on a Berkeley Summer Abroad or Berkeley Global Internships program currently satisfy requirements within your major?

Yes. However students must submit a Course Equivalency Request for each course they plan to take abroad to determine how the courses will satisfy our major requirements. Instructions for submitting a Course Equivalency Request can be found on our website

 

UCEAP Programs Questionnaire

 

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?

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

Does your department maintain a list of courses previously awarded credit on UCEAP and/or a list of pre-approved courses for UCEAP programs? How do students access this information?

Yes. The Economics department maintains a database of UCEAP Economics Course Equivalencies which can be accessed here. Students planning to study abroad through UCEAP should review the database for pre-approved courses. Please visit our study abroad page for further instructions. 

 

Does your department have a 4-year or 2-year plan available to students that incorporates semester or year-length study abroad? How do students access this information?

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

 

What is the process in your department to have courses evaluated? What materials must be submitted? What is the timeframe for response?

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.)

 

Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?

Possibly, but this would need to be carefully planned with an Economics Advisor.

Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?

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.

 

Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?

Yes.

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?

N/A

Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?

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.

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.)?

No.

Do you have any department specific advice for students participating on a UCEAP program in their last term at Berkeley?

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

 

Have any Independent programs been approved by your department and the Study Abroad Advisory board for credit in the major?

No.

Are there any pre-approved courses for your major from other UC summer abroad programs (UCLA, UCD, etc.)?

Yes, but this list is not public. We anticipate making this list available to students in 2020.

What is the process to have a course from an Independent study abroad program evaluated for your major?

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.