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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.

Interdisciplinary Studies Field

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program 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 Information on the ISF Website

ISF Advising Contact Information


Berkeley Programs Questionnaire


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


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

Approved courses are determined on a case-by-case basis by an ISF faculty advisor according to the customized research program of the ISF student.


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?

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 finish their "Disciplines" and "World Regions" prerequisite courses abroad.

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?

No list is available.

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?

Yes. It can be accessed here.

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

If students plan to use courses taken abroad to fulfill ISF major requirements, they need to provide a course description or preferably, a course syllabus to their ISF faculty advisor. Approval or denial should be immediate.

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

The Undergraduate Adviser can sign the form, unless the student is intending to use their UCEAP courses for their particular ISF Course of Study. In that case, the ISF Faculty Advisor must sign.

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 with a list of the classes they plan to take and have faculty approval for their classes emailed to the undergraduate adviser who will release the hold.

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

Students must finish ISF 190, the senior thesis class in residence at UC Berkeley.


Independent Programs Questionnaire


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


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


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

Students must supply a course syllabus to their ISF faculty advisor.