Petitioning Courses 

Courses taken abroad must be petitioned. There are even a few UCSD courses may need to be petitioned. Below is the form and instructions for the Student Petition process.

A Student Petition is basically a request to the Director of the Chinese Studies Program to review and approve a course that is not previously been reviewed or is not automatically approved as a Chinese Studies course by the UCSD Academic Senate.

You may meet with the Program Coordinator for assistance with this form but you should prepare all of your course materials so that they may be included with your petition.

  • Upon returning from study abroad a student will need to petition each course for reviewed and approval by the Director of the Chinese Studies Program. A student may also need to petition a UCSD course that is not pre-approved.
  • Please provide all materials from a course with each petition, including but not limited to syllabus, textbooks, notes, handouts, presentations, final paper, exams, etc. Please see FAQ tab more information. Materials will be returned.
  • What form do I use for a Student Petition? Print this Student Petition Form use the examples below to complete the form.

How to Complete a Student Petition:

  1. Print the Student Petition form for each course
  2. Complete the information at the top of the form
  3. Use one of the following examples within the boxes on your form for your request:

    a) Use this example for a course taken at an university other than UCSD:
    • Request: To review and approve __(write course & number)__: __(write course's full title)__ from __(write school's name)__ as an upper-division language / non-language Chinese Studies elective.
      (Select either language or non-language and write in those words in your Student Petition.)
    • Reason for Request: To use __(write course & number)__ towards earning a B.A. / minor in Chinese Studies.
      (Select either B.A. or minor and write those words in your petition.)

    b) Use this example for a course taken UCSD:
    • Request: To review and approve __(write course & number)__: __(write course's full title)__ as an upper-division language / non-language Chinese Studies elective.
      (Select either language or non-language and write in those words in your Student Petition.)
    • Reason for Request: To use __(write course & number)__ towards earning a B.A. / minor in Chinese Studies.
      (Select either B.A. or minor and write those words in your petition.)

    c) Use this example for a colloquium taken UCSD:
    • Request: To review and approve __(write course & number)__: __(write course's full title)__ as a colloquium. Professor __(write Instructor's Name)__ has agreed to enhance the content/assignments of this upper-div. course so that it may qualify as a colloquium.
    • Reason for Request: To use __(write course & number)__ to meet the colloquium requirement for earning a B.A. in Chinese Studies.
                                                     
  4. Gather all course materials, especially the course syllabus as supporting evidence to include in your student petition
  5. Make an appointment with the Program Coordinator at chinesestudies@ucsd.edu so that your petitions can be reviewed and sent to the Director for approval.
  6. Once the petitions have been reviewed you will be emailed with the results, your Degree Audit will be adjusted accordingly and you may pick-up your course materials.