The International and Area Studies Academic Program 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 Middle Eastern Studies 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?
Yes. Beginning the third week of the fall and spring semesters and ending the last day of instruction. Students can declare in the summer, from approximately June through mid-August. Check with the department for exact dates. Students must declare at least one semester before graduation, but preferably as a second-semester sophomore.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The undergraduate advising staff must sign these forms.
- 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
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 12:00, open advising hours (no appointment required)
Monday - Thursday 1:00 - 4:00, advising by appointment only (please make your appointment through your CalCentral account)
The advisors are in 101 Stephens.
Please note: There are no advising hours on Fridays during the Summer.
- 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?
Students may fulfill up to 3 upper-division requirements with courses taken from outside the UC Berkeley College of Letters and Science. This includes courses taken abroad as well as courses taken at UC Berkeley in departments or schools that are not within L&S, such as the Goldman School of Public Policy or the Haas School of Business. Any courses taken to fulfill the PE language requirement are not included in the 3-course limit. Courses taken to fulfill an upper division major requirement must be a minimum of 3 UC Berkeley units and must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, students can apply as many language courses and lower division courses as they wish to the major.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Yes. Students can write honors theses upon their return from EAP, provided that they still have time in their schedule to complete the two course honors sequence: MES 102 in Fall and MES H195 in Spring.
- 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?
We will award credit toward the foreign language requirement if the foreign language instruction is comparable to that received at Cal. Students will need to bring course materials, such as syllabi, reading lists and exams, and the IAS Study Abroad Course Approval Form to an MES adviser during drop in advising hours to have the course evaluated. Students may be referred to the department of Near Eastern Studies for language-course syllabus review if necessary.
- 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. Also, we have signature petition forms, which students use to get final approval for EAP classes.
- 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, if a student studying abroad on UCEAP, they may coordinate with an advisor via email to release the hold.
Although IAS does not pre-approve EAP courses, we encourage all our majors to go abroad and are willing to work with students on their unique situations.