Explore your options by visiting the Study Abroad Center office or website.
Use the "What programs are best for my major, minor, or GEs" section of the Study Abroad Center's Choose Your Program page to help narrow down your program search.
Know the requirements you need to fulfill.
- Read about your degree requirements in the General Catalogue.
- Check your online degree audit.
- Review the "Can I fulfill degree requirements abroad?" section of the Study Abroad Center's Choose Your Program page.
- Meet with an Academic Counselor or Peer Academic Advisor in the Humanities Office of Undergraduate Study if you have questions about your degree requirements or degree audit.
- Check course descriptions and determine if the courses offered seem roughly equivalent to the courses you need to fulfill requirements. Compare course titles, course descriptions, levels (i.e. upper- or lower-division), etc. See FAQs below for more information on selecting courses.
- For EAP - Use the EAP Course Catalogue to look up course descriptions.
- For Independent Programs - Most course descriptions are accessible from the program's web site
- Remember that in order for courses to be approved for use in your major, the content must be approved by the department, and the courses must be at least four quarter units, upper-division, and taken for a letter grade.
- If you cannot find the course offerings or you cannot figure out whether or not the courses are similar to the courses you need, make an appointment with a SAC Staff Advisor.
Fill out any forms you need in addition to the application.
- For EAP - You will need to 1) Complete the Humanities EAP Guidelines, 2) Save a .pdf copy to turn in with your EAP application. DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM IF YOU ARE NOT A DECLARED HUMANITIES MAJOR.
- For Independent Programs - You will need to fill out and submit an International Study Advance Contract. This process can take up to 8 weeks. Check your UCI Abroad Portal for more information.
Optional: meet with your faculty advisor or the undergraduate chair in the department of your major to discuss whether or not courses are likely to meet specific requirements and whether petitions are likely to be approved upon your return.
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Keep all work done in classes for which you expect to get credit towards specific requirements. Also keep course descriptions, syllabi, and reading lists. (If you take a course that does not have a syllabus, keep track of all readings, topics covered in class, papers written, and exams taken.)
Bring ALL of the above back to UCI with you to submit with your petitions.
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After credit has been posted to your UCI transcript, file any necessary petitions with the appropriate departments.
- Pick up or download the Study Abroad Petition.
- Obtain preliminary approval from the appropriate department (e.g. department of your major); make sure to include course work, course descriptions, syllabi and reading lists with the petition.
- Remember that for courses to be approved for use in your major, the content must be approved by the department, and the courses must be at least four quarter units, upper-division, and taken for a letter grade.
Frequently Asked Questions
and the UC Irvine Campus Credit Abroad catalog: https://uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu/campus-credit-abroad/uc-irvine-credit-abroad
If you are not participating in EAP it is still useful to check these resources to see what types of courses were approved and for which requirement(s). Please note – NO study abroad courses are “pre-approved” and all courses must be petitioned to meet specific degree requirements. Previous approval of a course does NOT guarantee approval once you return.
Carefully read the instructions on the petition form and make sure you include the course syllabi, major written assignments, and any other relevant course materials with your petition. If you are petitioning for a major requirement the petition needs to be submitted to the department of your major first and then taken to the Humanities Office of Undergraduate Study. If you need help with your petition or are not sure where to submit it, feel free to meet with an advisor in the Humanities Office of Undergraduate Study with your petition materials.
- Course level: Humanities does not approve upper-division courses to be used in place of lower-division courses/lower-division requirements and vice versa. For example, “Introduction to Philosophy” could not be used as an upper-division Philosophy major course but it could be used for GE IV or Humanities Core Alternative.
- Course content: Study abroad courses should match the subject content of the UCI course it is being petitioned to replace. For example, English 102A courses at UCI cover Medieval and Renaissance Literature. English 124 “Victorian Literature and Culture” at Yonsei University would not be appropriate to petition for English 102A because it does not cover the specified time period.
- Number of units: Study Abroad courses should match the minimum number of units a course needs to be to meet the requirement at UCI. For example, a 1 semester unit language course on grammar could not be used to meet a 4 quarter unit language course at UCI. Most major-required courses must be at least 4 quarter units. Courses may be combined to meet this requirement. For example, Three 1.5 semester unit Beginning Japanese courses could be combined to meet Japanese 1A at UCI (if petitioned and approved by UCI’s East Asian Studies Department).
- Grade option/minimum course grade: Courses petitioned to meet major or school requirements must be taken for a letter grade. Courses petitioned to meet GE requirements can be taken for a letter grade or pass/no pass but must be a pass/D- to be applied.
1) Check the UCI School of Humanities Language Other Than English Placement chart to review the placement requirements for the language you wish to pursue to determine which level you need to start with.
2) Look for course titles that reflect the level of the course, e.g. – “Beginning”, “Fundamental”, “Introduction to” would likely only cover a 1A level language course at UCI. “Intermediate”, “Level II” may satisfy 2B or 2C level courses. “Advanced” or upper division language courses may satisfy 2C.
3) Check the pre-requisite or placement requirements for the study abroad language course you wish to complete. If the course has no pre-requisites, it is likely a beginning/1A course.
Completing a placement exam upon return from study abroad may also be an option if no previous exam was completed for the same language before the study abroad term. Carefully review the Language Other Than English progression policies for more information: