The Interdisciplinary Studies 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 Questionnaire
- Is there a specific time frame in which students are required to declare a major in your department? If yes, when?
In the semester in which the student plans to declare, they need to have completed at least one of the two "Disciplines" or "World Regions" prerequisite requirements with at least a B-, AND they need to be enrolled in the second prerequisite. Students should be declared before the end of their junior year.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
If the student is using UCEAP courses for their particular ISF Course of Study, then they need an ISF faculty advisor to sign the form, otherwise the undergraduate adviser may sign.
- 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?
No appointment or supplemental documentation is needed.
- 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?
Upon pre-approval from an ISF faculty advisor, we accept up to 3 upper-division courses (assuming max of 4 units each) towards the major's upper-division requirements. If the student is going during their sophomore year, they could also do their "Disciplines" and "World Regions" prerequisites abroad.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
- 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?
- Does your department distribute a special information sheet for your majors which includes advice on how to articulate participation with UCEAP with the major?
We mention it in our handbook briefly - but often bring it up in one-on-one advising.
- 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.)?
Yes, holds are placed on all ISF majors. Students who are abroad need to email their ISF faculty advisor and have faculty approval for their classes emailed to the undergraduate adviser who will release the hold.