Psychology

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.

 

Advising Resources

 

Study Abroad for Psychology Majors (PDF)

Study Abroad Information on the Psychology Website

Psychology Advising Contact Information

 

Berkeley Programs Questionnaire

 

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

No.

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

No.

 

UCEAP Programs Questionnaire

 

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

No.

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

No.

 

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?

The Psychology department accepts a maximum of two (2) courses taken outside of the department towards the upper-division major requirements. Each course must be an upper division class of at least 2.7 semester units.

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?

A list of pre-approved UCEAP courses is available on the Psychology website.

We also have an archive of courses that have been previously approved that are currently expired. If students have questions about a particular class they are interested in taking abroad, they may contact our office and we can check to see if it has previously been approved.

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?

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 plan. Typically we see students go abroad during their junior year or during summer. We have even 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.

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

Students interested in taking a Psychology course that is not included on our pre-approved list 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. Once the committee meets and a decision is made, students are notified via email.

Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?

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.

Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?

Yes, so long as the coursework applies to the Psychology major requirements.

Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?

Yes, so long as the coursework applies to the Psychology major requirements.

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?

N/A

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

A Psychology major adviser signs the UCEAP academic planning form.

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.)?

Academic holds are placed for declared Psychology majors during their senior year. 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 with the advisor and are not required to meet in person.

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

Nothing specific to the Psychology major. We would recommend meeting with an advisor to verify major completion and residency requirements before going abroad.

 

Independent Programs Questionnaire

 

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

No.

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

No.

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

In order to receive credit for a course taken anywhere outside the UC Berkeley Psychology department, students must complete the Syllabus review process as described above.