Study Abroad for Economics Majors
The Department of Economics strongly encourages students to complete some portion of their undergraduate study through the Education Abroad Program. The program allows students to enhance their knowledge of economics while experiencing another culture and way of life. With careful planning, students may spend up to one year abroad without any loss of progress towards graduation. Students gain valuable international experience that will benefit future career goals and/or graduate school opportunities. Economics majors who are fluent in another language will have special advantages in the business world!
What classes should I take?
All EAP students automatically earn UC credit. Some Economics students choose to fulfill their GE requirements abroad while others take classes in the major. Please note that while business, management, and marketing courses taken on EAP transfer to UCSB, they cannot be applied towards any of the majors in the Economics Department. Students interested in these fields should still consider taking them abroad for overall units since they complement the economics background and similar fields are not offered at UCSB. ECON 10a and PSTAT 109 must be taken at UCSB.
Students who are interested in sitting for the CPA exam should avoid taking accounting courses abroad as the rules and regulations differ among countries. Therefore, economics and accounting students wishing to take economics courses through EAP, should take courses in Areas A- E but take the accounting courses (Areas F-I) at UCSB.
Hundreds of previously-approved Econ courses at many popular EAP programs may be found on the links below. Four new programs just added. All updated January 2017!
You are not limited to these previously-approved programs or courses. If available, you may take any appropriate Economics course on any EAP program and seek to get it pre-approved. See Next Steps below.
Remember: You still must petition the Econ department for course approval when you return!
Keep in mind that at least 20 units of upper-division major coursework must be completed in residence at UCSB along with other residence requirements. Consult an advisor in the College of Letters & Science for more information.
All EAP students automatically earn UC credit for the work they complete abroad. However, the application of credit to major requirements is subject to the discretion of the Economics Department and approval of the college.
Why study abroad?
EAP provides unparalleled opportunities to obtain the broader perspectives, knowledge, and skills necessary to be effective professionally in a rapidly changing global economy. From the challenges facing the European Union, to the balancing of economic growth and reducing corruption in Asia, to the quickening economic pulse coursing through Africa, students can experience first-hand realities and responses to an increasingly complex and interrelated economic world.
Where should I study abroad?
Students can participate in full-year, semester, and summer programs in over 30 different countries. Students have the option of studying in English or in a foreign language.
Economics students should also consider programs such as Fudan University, China. The courses are taught in English with a focus on Chinese economic development and business. Students with a year of Japanese language can enroll at the renowned Keio University in Japan. And Spanish speakers should consider studying at one of our partners in Chile.
There are three specialized business and economics programs in Europe, all with coursework in English: Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain the University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
For more opportunities in economics, go to the Program Search page on the EAP web site and insert "economics" and “business administration” into the subject area.
When should I study abroad?
A summer abroad is possible as early as after your freshman year. Students wishing to go abroad during the regular academic year should successfully complete the pre-major courses and petition for admission to the full major before leaving for EAP. Completion of the core intermediate economics courses is also highly recommended as some courses abroad require these as foundation.
You may be interested in building your resume or gaining work experience through an internship. Many EAP programs incorporate internships into the academic program or operate in locations where exciting volunteer internship opportunities exist. See the EAP web site for further information.
Department of Economics - Undergraduate Office
EAP 2nd Level Links
London School of Economics, UK
Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, Bus. Econ in English
National Taiwan University, Economics and Chinese
China, Fudan University, China, Business Economics and Accounting
National Taiwan University, Economics
China, Beijing Normal University, Economics
China, Fudan University, China, Economics
UK - England, London School of Economics, Economics