The Public Health Undergraduate 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 Public Health 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?
As one of the 8 capped majors on campus, students are required to complete their prerequisites in math, bio, and social sciences before applying, and to apply before they reach 80 units (minus AP and other high school courses that may be on the transcript). This 80 unit limit is usually reached by the middle of 3rd year. The ideal time to apply and declare is at the end of spring of their 2nd year, where the most space becomes available from graduating 4th year students.
- Does the undergraduate adviser sign the UCEAP academic planning form, or must a faculty adviser sign?
The academic adviser signs the UCEAP 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?
Generally students need to make an appointment to meet with the academic adviser. Transcripts or other materials are not necessary since coursework can be seen through Bearfacts and DARS.
- 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 in this program must take the 4 core courses here at Berkeley, but they are able to take elective courses through UCEAP, providing that the abroad courses in question closely match the pre-approved elective courses.
- Are students in your department able to undertake a senior honors thesis the semester following UCEAP participation?
Yes. However, the honors thesis here is usually a 2 semester process, which would leave the only option for UCEAP to be summer between 3rd and 4th years.
- Does your department calculate UCEAP grades into departmental GPA?
Only if they have taken a course that meets an elective.
- Are UCEAP grades counted towards departmental honors?
No; departmental honors are attained by completing the 2 semester honors research thesis.
- 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?
No, but I do encourage to consider an UCEAP program in a Spanish-speaking country such as Spain, Argentina, or Costa Rica, and I indicate when those programs are available from the UCEAP quick reference sheet on locations and application deadlines.
- 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.)?
Please contact department directly for this information.
The two windows of time that I advise students to go on Study Abroad is either summer between 3rd and 4th years or fall of 4th year, assuming they have already taken 2 core classes fall of the 3rd year.