The Society and Environment program 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
Students may petition to have up to two relevant courses from abroad count towards their major requirements. Courses must be at least 2.7 semester units, must be taken for a letter grade, and must be approved by both a Society and Environment faculty advisor and head faculty advisor. Any course taken abroad for 2.7 units, for letter grade, may count as a student’s International Studies Breadth.
UCEAP Programs Questionnaire
Students may petition to have up to two relevant courses from abroad count towards their major requirements. Courses must be at least 2.7 semester units, must be taken for a letter grade, and must be approved by both a Society and Environment faculty adviser and head faculty adviser.
No. I recently started a log of all submitted exceptions and would like to eventually post this online for students to see. Because faculty and syllabi change I don’t think courses would ever be “pre-approved” but knowing that someone has been approved for a particular course in the past should help students feel less anxious about the process.
Yes. We have created a plan to show how a student can study abroad for one semester and stay on track to graduate on time. Review page three here. Studying abroad for a full year is not out of the question but I would prefer interested students come talk to me about their interests.
You can review the petition and process here. Because students must meet with two levels of faculty, the timeframe for response will vary. Many students do this process upon their return and are able to get immediate responses by seeing faculty during their office hours.
If students qualify for the CNR Honors Research Program, they may participate in that as long as they have at least two consecutive semesters to complete that program. Otherwise, S&E students may take their senior capstone course (ESPM 194B) either before or after their semester abroad. S&E students may also opt to do an independent senior thesis (ESPM 195) either before or after their experience abroad.
UCEAP grades are counted toward college honors.
The undergraduate staff adviser.
Yes, all CNR students, including those studying abroad, will receive an Academic hold which prevents them from registering for the following term. The undergraduate adviser will email students in advance of their Phase I appointments requesting a proposed schedule for the following term. Once the student and adviser come to an agreement about the proposed schedule, the hold will be released so the student can enroll into their courses. Advisers are available via email, phone, and webcam.
Since grades from their abroad program do take time to post to their Berkeley transcript, a student's official graduation date may be delayed if they study abroad the same semester they are plan to graduate.
Independent Programs Questionnaire
You can review the petition and process here. We will rely on the Credit Evaluation Unit to evaluate unit transferability.