The Political Science 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 Political Science 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?
We strongly recommend that students declare Political Science before going abroad, as upper-division Political Science courses at Berkeley are restricted to declared majors. All students must attend a declaration session in order to declare the major. The sessions begin on the fourth week of the semester and are held weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Eligibility requirements and a schedule of declaration sessions are available at the "Declaring the Political Science Major" webpage. The College of Letters and Science requires that all students be declared no later than the first semester of their junior year."
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The Undergraduate Advisers sign the EAP academic planning form.
- 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?
We see students on a drop-in basis. Students should bring descriptive information on the program and the courses they wish to count for the major. Transcripts are not necessary. Click here to view our office hours.
- 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?
All courses taken abroad must be evaluated by the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley before credit for the major is granted. Up to three upper-division requirements may be fulfilled by approved courses taken elsewhere. All approved courses taken abroad must transfer in as no less than 3 semester units each (or 4.5 quarter units). Click here for more information on requirements and our policy on taking courses elsewhere.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
To do honors, students must enroll for a two-semester seminar in their senior year. The seminar is offered in a Fall-Spring sequence only and advanced planning the semester before is highly recommended. Students wishing to pursue honors and go abroad should plan accordingly. Click here for information on our honors program.
- 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?
Detailed information packets on Study Abroad which outline the department's evaluation process and criteria are available outside the Undergraduate Advising Office at 296 Barrows Hall and under the Undergraduate Program tab of the department’s website at http://polisci.berkeley.edu.
- 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.)?
Our department does not place Academic holds on single majors. However, declared double majors do have Academic holds prior to each registration period. These holds can be released by e-mailing the Undergraduate Advising Office directly.
- Other Comments:
Graduating while abroad: No courses taken outside the Political Science department at UC Berkeley can fulfill any requirements for the Political Science major unless explicitly approved in advance by the Political Science department. There are no guarantees of course approval. Students wishing to go abroad in their final semester are strongly encouraged to complete their major requirements before going. If students plan to complete remaining requirements abroad, they must submit course materials prior to leaving.