BESAP - Frequently Asked Questions

What is BESAP?

Is BESAP part of the Education Abroad Program?

How do I apply to BESAP?

What classes can I take on campus?

Can I take graduate courses in Economics?

Do I need to attend the mandatory orientation?

When do I get my schedule of classes for Fall?

Can I change my schedule?

What are discussion sections and how do I know which one to attend?

How do I pay for classes?

Can I apply for International Student Housing through UC Extension?

 

 

What is BESAP?

The Berkeley Economics Semester Abroad Program offers well qualified international students the opportunity to study in the Economics at UC Berkeley.  Students are nominated by their home institution and invited to participate by the department chair.  Participants must be advanced Economics students, typically in their third year of study.  Students take at least 12 units within the department in two required courses and two upper division course electives.

 

Is BESAP part of the Education Abroad Program?

No, BESAP is not part of the UC exchange program.  It is an independent program offered by the Department of Economics in conjunction with UC Extension.

 

How do I apply to BESAP?

Students interested in BESAP do not apply directly to the Economics Department.  If your university is listed on our participating institutions list, contact your Economic department or email gsadil@econ.berkeley.edu for a referral

 

What classes can I take on campus?

Students participating in the program are sent a list of available courses before the semester begins.  Course offerings vary each semester, and though we strive to accommodate our visiting students, we may have impacted courses where enrollment is not possible. 

 

Can I take graduate courses in Economics?

Highly qualified students will be asked to complete an application and provide transcript information prior to registration.  Students are evaluated and approved based on their preparation.  Please note our graduate program is extremely competitive and all potential undergraduate students must meet the highest academic standard to qualify.  Once approved, enrollment is based on availability  - the core graduate curriculum (Econ 201A/B, 202A/B) is impacted and may not be available.

 

Do I need to attend the orientation?

Yes, both the department orientation and the UC Extension orientation are mandatory.  They provide you with information on healthcare, registration and safety issues on campus.

 

When do I get my schedule of classes for Fall?

Students are polled in advance to determine what courses they would like to take during the semester.  We often ask for at least one alternate course as space is limited in courses.  Based on your choices, a schedule is created and made available during the department orientation.

 

Can I change my schedule?

Once your schedule is set, please contact your program coordinator, Ginnie Sadil.  Changes can only be made if space is available in your adjusted schedule.

 

What are discussion sections and how do I know which one to attend?

Discussion seciton are supplemental lectures led by graduate student instructors (GSIs) that introduce and review course material.  If you enroll in a course with a discussion section, your section will be assigned and listed on the schedule given to you by teh department.  Unfortunately, the Extension system does not track discussion section so any changes my be approved by the program coordinator.

 

How do I pay for classes?

Bring three copies of your class list to the UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Avenue, Suite 110, Berkeley. Cashier’s Office hours are Mon.–Fri., 8 am–4:30 pm , excluding University holidays. Fees should be paid as soon as possible to ensure course enrollment and access to course materials.

 

Can I apply for International Student Housing through UC Extension?

Yes, you may submit a request with your application.  
http://extension.berkeley.edu/international/housing/