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What else should I consider?
International travel can be expensive. Check with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office about scholarships and grants that are still available to you while you are off-campus, and to fill out any necessary forms. (Some aid sources require a planned leave of absence request, for example.) Follow budgeting guidelines carefully.
Study abroad will enhance your post-graduation prospects, but important employer recruiting events may take place while you are away.
To be eligible for honors, students must complete 43 Berkeley units for letter grades. Transfer students who wish to be considered for honors must choose UCEAP for study abroad, since all courses completed will then be considered as Berkeley units.
Universities in other countries may not be in session at the same time as Berkeley. For example, the typical academic calendar in the southern hemisphere (e.g., Australia) is January through December.
English is used at many of the UCEAP institutions. However, if you want to improve your foreign language skills, select a school where the official language of instruction is not English. On the other hand, keep in mind that the language skills necessary for studying, writing papers and taking exams in a foreign language are greater than the skills needed for recreational travel.
International study is full of potential rewards and opportunities for growth. But it’s not a good fit for everyone. Interested students should be honest with themselves about their openness and flexibility, desire to interact with others and ability to learn about new points of view.
Study abroad is also about being an ambassador. You become a part of some very complex and delicate relationships among Berkeley Engineering, the UC system and the host university and country. Your behavior reflects on the university and will affect the options other students will have in the future.