Studying abroad provides an opportunity to expand students' academic and cultural experiences while staying on track to complete the Economics major. Economics programs are widely available in universities worldwide and we encourage students to explore the many great opportunities. For information about study abroad options, please visit Berkeley Study Abroad.
Students who wish to have transfer courses from study abroad programs* considered for Economics major/course credit will take one of the following actions, depending on whether the course is taken through UCEAP or a non-UCEAP independent program. Students are strongly encouraged to follow these procedures prior to their study abroad experience.
NOTE: It is recommended that students complete their upper division core courses (ECON 100A, ECON 100B, and ECON 140) prior to studying abroad. Students who plan to take any of these core courses abroad, are encouraged to consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor. Students may count no more than TWO upper division courses from outside the department, including study abroad courses, towards the Economics major requirements.
If the course(s) is taken through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)...
- Review the UCB Economics Course Equivalencies and Major Requirements database for UCEAP courses. (Optimal database viewing with browsers 1230px or higher)
- If a course carries a current valid approval, no other actions are needed prior to studying abroad.
- If a course equivalency is no longer valid and/or it is missing from the database, submit a Course Equivalency Request to determine if/how the course will count towards the Economics major and the Economics course credit. It is strongly recommended to submit the course equivalency request prior to studying abroad.
- If a course equivalency says "See Department," please consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor.
- For DECLARED MAJORS ONLY:
If the course(s) is taken through a non-UCEAP independent study abroad program...
- Submit a Course Equivalency Request to determine if/how the course can count towards the Economics major and the Economics course equivalency. It is strongly recommended to submit the course equivalency request prior to studying abroad.
- For DECLARED MAJORS ONLY:
- To transfer credit from a non-UCEAP independent study abroad program to UC Berkeley, an official transcript must be sent to the Office of the Registrar. Instructions found here.
*A note about studying abroad and graduation requirements:
All students planning to study abroad during their time at UC Berkeley, especially during their senior year, should consult with the College of Letters and Science Advising Office for more information on the university residency requirement. Recognizing the special value of study abroad experiences, the faculty have approved certain exceptions to the usual residency requirement for students who participate in UCEAP. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with an L&S advisor early in the abroad planning process for specific information on satisfying this requirement.
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