Academic Planning

Academic Planning

Begin by figuring out what requirements you have left by running a Progress Check in GOLD.  Click on “Academic History” along the left side menu, and select the “Progress Check” tab. Then make a rough plan of which major, minor, and GE requirements you plan to take each term from now until graduation. 
 
Schedule an appointment with your academic advsior(s):
  • You may need to schedule appointments 2-4 weeks in advance!
  • Every student applying to EAP will need to meet with their major department advisor(s), even if you do not plan to take any major requirement s while on EAP.
  • If you are a double major, you must meet with both major advisors even if you do not plan to take courses for both majors while abroad.
  • If you plan to remain an "undeclared" major, you may meet with you intended major advisor or a College advisor instead.
  • If you have a minor, you will need to meet with your minor department advisor only if you plan to take courses for your minor abroad.
  • You may make an appointment to meet with a College of Letters & Science advisor if you plan to take GEs abroad. Please refer to these guidelines when looking for GE courses: guidelines for choosing GE courses.
  • You MUST make an appointment, meet with your College advisor and get their signature on your Academic Planning Form (APF) if you:
    • are going abroad as a senior and plan to graduate abroad,
    • are undeclared and plan to remain undeclared while you are abroad, or
    • wish to extend your UCSB education beyond four years or 200 units

College Advising Information

Prepare to Meet with Your Advisor

  1. Figure out what requirements you have left by running a Progress Check in GOLD.  Click on “Academic History” along the left side menu, and then select the “Progress Check” tab. Then make a rough plan of which major, minor, and GE requirements you plan to take each term from now until graduation.
  2. Choose potential courses to take abroad. Fill out the Academic Planning Form with your intended courses.
  3. If you intend to take any courses for major, minor, or GE requirements on EAP, collect course descriptions, syllabi, and any other relevant information you can find to bring to your advisor.

Meeting with Your Advisor

Bring your completed APF along with any relevant course information (descriptions, syllabi, etc.) and ask your advsior:

  • Does my plan look realistic?
  • What requirements absolutely need to be fulfilled during the term(s) that I’m abroad?
  • Are the courses that I’ve listed likely to fulfill requirements? (provide course information!)
  • What criteria should I look for in order for a course to be likely to fulfill a specific requirement?
  • If courses don’t count toward requirements as anticipated, is it still possible for me to stay on track to graduate on time?  
  • Can I take these P/NP?

    Remember, L&S students must take at least 20 units of upper-division major coursework (12 units of upper-division minor coursework) in residence at UCSB. This may limit the number of EAP courses you might want to take to fulfill major or minor requirements.