The French 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.
Department Handouts: Study Abroad for French 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?
Preferably at the end of sophomore year.
Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
Undergraduate Major Adviser (UMA) signs it.
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?
They should come to consult with the undergraduate major adviser (UMA), and they can come by on a drop-in basis.
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?
For equivalent coursework in the French major: students may gain approval for a maximum of 4 upper-division courses, based on 3 criteria:
Language of instruction must be French.
Course content must be similar in content to a course required for the French major (i.e. a course in physics taught in French would not count toward a French major). Usually this means a course involving topics in French literature, French film, French linguistics, and some advanced courses in French writing and language studies.
Units of credit: hours of instruction must be roughly equivalent to 4 semester units. Some courses with lesser units may be combined to equal one full equivalent, some courses with more units may in some cases equal more than one course equivalent.
Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Yes, with guidance from UMA.
Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
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?
ILP can count toward the upper division course, usually counted as equivalent to French 102 or 103B
Does your department distribute a special information sheet for your majors which includes advice on how to articulate participation with UCEAP with the major?
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 holds placed on declared majors in French. There is ongoing advising while student is in France, through email and skype.
Always check in with the undergraduate adviser in any department in which you may wish equivalent course credit. UMA in French is always pleased to speak with prospective EAP France students. Drop-in advising OK -- no appointment necessary