The Department of Psychology 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.
Berkeley Programs Questionnaire
UCEAP Programs Questionnaire
The Psychology department accepts a maximum of two (2) courses taken outside of the department towards the upper-division Tier II or Tier III major requirements. Each course must be an upper division class of at least 2.7 semester units.
A list of pre-approved UCEAP courses is available on the Psychology website.
If students have questions about a particular class they are interested in taking abroad, they may contact our office and we advise on the likelihood and process for approval.
We do not offer a 4-year or 2-year plan for students that indicates a best time to study abroad. Psychology students are welcome to participate in study abroad in any semester that fits well in their unique academic plan. Typically we see students go abroad during their junior year or during summer. We have also seen students study abroad during their last year. Students are encouraged to meet with a major adviser to discuss how study abroad fits into their 4-year/2-year plan.
Students interested in taking a Psychology course that is not included on our pre-approved list or that has an expired approval must submit a course syllabus along with the Syllabus Review form. This form can be downloaded from the Psychology Forms and Petitions website. The faculty members of the Curriculum Committee convene at least twice a semester to determine course equivalency for all submitted syllabus review requests. Once the committee meets and a decision is made, students are notified via email.
In Psychology, the honors thesis is completed over the course of the Fall and Spring of the senior year. We have had students undertake an honors thesis after studying abroad. In order to do so, prior to going abroad, students must have completed Psych 101, must have participated in at least 2 units of research (URAP or Psych 199), and must have secured faculty sponsorship. To complete the honors thesis, students must plan to take Psych 102 during Fall and anticipate a full year of honors participation.
No. The Psychology major GPA is calculated using only courses taken at UC Berkeley.
Eligibility for honors in Psychology considers both a student’s cumulative GPA and their major GPA. The Psychology major GPA is calculated using only courses taken at UC Berkeley, so EAP courses will not count towards this GPA.
A Psychology major adviser signs the UCEAP academic planning form.
Academic holds are placed for declared Psychology majors as they approach graduation. To have the hold lifted, students must complete an academic plan and meet with an advisor. If a student is abroad, they may have a virtual meeting by email, skype, or phone with the advisor and are not required to meet in person.
We would recommend meeting with an advisor to verify major completion and residency requirements before going abroad. In addition, if students are completing major requirements abroad, there may be a delay in coursework being articulated onto their UC Berkeley record. This has the potential to delay the verification of major requirements and graduation.
Independent Programs Questionnaire
In order to receive credit for a course taken anywhere outside the UC Berkeley Psychology department, students must submit a course syllabus along with the Syllabus Review form. This form can be downloaded from the Psychology Forms and Petitions website. The faculty members of the Curriculum Committee convene at least twice a semester to determine course equivalency for all submitted syllabus review requests. Once the committee meets and a decision is made, students are notified via email.