Did you know that 17% of UC Berkeley study abroad students are transfer students?
Study abroad is an opportunity that transfer students can take advantage of during their time at Berkeley. It is strongly recommended that transfer students consult with their college and department about studying abroad and their degree.
- Study abroad as early as your second semester at UC Berkeley. Transfer students must spend their first semester in-residence, but can study abroad in any semester thereafter.
- Be aware of application deadlines. Applications can be due as early as one year prior to departure, so prepare your application as soon as possible. If you wish to study abroad your second semester, be aware of application deadlines that may require you to apply before you have officially enrolled at Berkeley.
- Complete study abroad program course prerequisites as early as possible. If you intend to participate in a program that has language or course prerequisites, you may have limited time to complete such requirements. Complete those prerequisites as early as possible or consider a program with no or few prerequisite courses.
- Pay attention to the senior residency requirement. Once you reach senior standing (90 units), you must complete 24 of your remaining 30 units in residence at UC Berkeley. Although study abroad does not count towards senior residency, most colleges will modify the senior residency requirement to allow students participating on the UC Education Abroad Program to allow 12 of the 24 required in-residence units be counted from junior year. Review the eligibility requirements for your college for more information.
- Determine whether you must complete degree requirements while abroad. As a transfer, you likely have a declared major and may need to satisfy major and minor requirements while abroad in order to maintain progress toward your degree. Verify which degree requirements you have left to complete, what is allowable by your college and department, and whether your study abroad program offers coursework that may satisfy these requirements.
- Consider taking an additional term to study abroad. Many colleges (with the exception of the Haas School of Business) allow students an additional term for study abroad provided that they are making satisfactory degree progress and have not exceeded unit and semester ceilings. Check with your college whether a petition is required for approval of an additional term. If you receive financial aid, students remain aid-eligible for up to 10 semesters (6 semesters for transfer students).