The English 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 for English Majors (PDF)
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 should declare the English major once they have completed the prerequisite courses for the major. Students may declare after 30 units, when they have satisfied the L&S Reading and Composition Requirement, and have completed two major requirements: English 45A or 45B, and one of the following: English 45A, 45B, 45C, or Shakespeare.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The Undergraduate Adviser is typically available for drop in advising Monday through Friday from 10-12 and 1-4pm in 319 Wheeler Hall. Students must fill out their EAP forms completely before meeting with the undergraduate adviser. EAP courses are not pre-approved, and must be reviewed by a faculty adviser once the student returns to UCB.
- 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?
The Undergraduate Adviser is typically available for drop in advising Monday through Friday from 10-12 and 1-4pm inside the Hearst Field Annex Building B. Students must fill out their EAP forms completely before meeting with the undergraduate adviser. EAP courses are not pre-approved, and must be reviewed by a faculty adviser once the student returns to UCB.
- 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?
A faculty Major Adviser determines credit toward the major for coursework completed through an Education Abroad Program on a case-by-case basis. Students must meet with a faculty adviser once they return to UCB and provide documentation (e.g., course descriptions, syllabi, completed exams, papers, and other written work) to demonstrate that the education abroad course is comparable in coverage, rigor, and substance to a UCB upper-division course. This could include up to 2 education abroad literature courses in a foreign language. Although there is no official limit on the number of courses transferred from education abroad programs, generally two courses will be counted easily. Closer scrutiny will be given to subsequent course work. Only one summer course taken abroad may be approved for use toward the major. Although the Faculty Major Adviser determines the number of courses approved for use towards the major, the College of Letters and Science makes the final determination of unit credit for any and all courses taken abroad.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Students are able to take Honors Course after their participation in EAP. Students abroad in the spring before their senior year may apply online for the Honors Course in April. Please read the English Department Announcement of Classes for more information.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
No, we don't accept any transferred grades, only UCB.
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
No. Departmental honors is based on major GPA with the successful completion of the Honors Course.
- 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, look under sub-heading: extra_departmental course work: education abroad programs.
- 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. Advising is possible by email..