You Can Study Abroad!
A recent MCB alumna, Caitlin Sorensen, said the following about studying abroad in Denmark.
"Study abroad has been helpful in so many aspects of my life- it helped me get a job! When I studied abroad in Copenhagen, I was accepted to the Human Biology Program at the Pannum Institute, a leading biology program through The University of Copenhagen. The 3rd year Cell Biology course that I took gave me my first exposure to world class equipment, techniques, and theories in cell biology and immunology. In fact, it ended up counting as my MCB 150L requirement due to the large amount of lab work. When I started applying to research positions, my experience at University of Copenhagen was a large determining factor in my acceptance to a UCSF immunology lab. My class abroad required a great deal of independent project planning, group work, and PI interaction- all of which are instrumental to my Staff Research Associate position in the Pathology Department at UCSF. Studying abroad in Denmark offered me a wealth of courses suitable for MCB, and even presented me with additional laboratory knowledge could not have received in a classroom setting at Cal."
Lower division MCB requirements such as physics, chemistry, and biology can be satisfied through the UC Education Abroad Program. With your faculty advisor's approval, the MCB department may also accept up to two appropriate courses from abroad toward your MCB upper division major requirements. With careful early planning, it is possible to go abroad your sophomore, junior, or senior year and still graduate in eight or nine semesters.
There are a number of useful offices and websites on campus that can help you identify programs of interest to you and incorporate a study abroad experience into your academic plan.
- Education Abroad Office, 160 Stephens Hall
- UC Education Abroad Program
- Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad
- EAP Course Catalog
- EAP for Biology Majors (example program list compiled by EAP)
- Useful Study Abroad Websites (compiled by EAP)
- Financial Aid (under construction)
- MCB UAO, 3060 VLSB
Here are just two examples of ways in which students might schedule study abroad into their undergraduate program:
Sample GG&D Curriculum - Summer in Sussex, England
|Year 1 at UCB||Math 1A
|Summer abroad in Sussex||Physics 8A and 8B equivalents|
|Year 2 at UCB||Chemistry 3B/3BL
|Year 3 at UCB||MCB 110||GGD Elective A/B
GGD Elective B
|Year 4 at UCB||MCB 140||MCB 140L|
Sample CDB - Physiology Curriculum - Junior Year Abroad
Year 1 at UCB Math 1A
Year 2 at UCB Chemistry 3B/3BL
Year 3 - Abroad Breadth Course CDB Elective B Year 4 at UCB Physics 8A
9th semester at UCB CDB Elective B