Study Abroad Programs

You Can Study Abroad!

Many students choose to spend a summer, one, or two semesters abroad during their undergraduate studies at Cal. MCB students have participated in study abroad programs in Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Scotland, England, Denmark, New Zealand, China, Chile, Brazil, Singapore, and many other countries.

Check out the Berkeley Study Abroad website to learn about all available programs. They can also help you find a program in your budget. There are many financial resources available to help fund your study abroad experience!

Process for Course Approval

Lower division MCB requirements such as physics, chemistry, and biology can be satisfied through the UC Education Abroad Program. MCB upper division requirements can also be completed with faculty advisor approval.

These courses must be

  • advanced level courses meant for 3rd/4th year students,
  • equivalent to 3-4 semester units, and
  • taken for a letter grade (need a C or better for any transferred course).

Note: Students who study abroad may use up to TWO upper division courses toward the major requirements.

Pre-Approval (before you go abroad):
Once you have identified courses of interest for your specific campus, students should collect as much information about the courses (syllabi/reading lists/course descriptions) and bring the information to the Undergraduate Affairs Office for review by a staff advisor. Once we've identified the courses that are most like major-related courses at the appropriate level, the staff advisor will refer you to the faculty advisor for tentative approval. Students are responsible for determining that they have the adequate prerequisites and background when enrolling in a course abroad.

Final Approval (after you return):
Students must bring a course syllabus and copy of their transcript to the Undergraduate Affairs Office after returning from the program. Staff advisors will provide the necessary substitution paperwork and then refer you to the advisor that gave the pre-approval. Please note that most courses that go through the pre-approval process are accepted toward major requirements as long as the content is similar to what was originally proposed and you earn a C or better in the course.