Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

This page will be continuously updated with helpful and informative responses to the questions that are commonly asked. If the answer you seek does not appear below please contact the Chinese Studies Program.

What do I after I finish my course abroad?

Courses taken during study aboard must be petitioned upon return to UC San Diego. The student is responsible for meeting with the program coordinator and submitting individual student petitions for course not taken at UCSD that are applicable to with a major or minor in Chinese Studies. Courses not taken at UCSD must be reviewed and approved for compatibility to the Chinese Studies standards.

Once the course and grades are on my Academic History and Degree Audit then I get the credit towards my major or minor. Right?

Not quite, it is the student's responsibility to submit a formal student petition for EACH course taken abroad. If the information from your transcript from your school abroad is reflecting on the lower-right-hand area of your Degree Audit, then you definately need to petition each course so you UCSD Academic Advisor can digitally insert the EAP or OAP course in the correct location on your Degree Audit.

Where do I get the form?

From an academic advisor or you can print your ownhere.

What materials do I need for a student petition?

It is important to bring back ALL materials for a course taken abroad to support your Student Petition. You need evidence to prove your course is about China or a Chinese language learning course. Especially if you are seeking upper-division approval. Be sure to bring back each syllabus, textbook, final papers, final exams, notes, presentations, quizzes/tests, coursework, and final grade(s). A student should submit as much evidence as possible to help back their claim especailly for Chinese language courses.

What should I bring? Isn't the online description enough?

Syllabus, textbooks, handouts, exams, papers you submitted, your own notes, etc. You need proof that you took the course and what level it qualifies for. A blank workbook isn't very convincing to the director that you completed the course.

How many study abroad courses will count for a major?

If you are a student seeking a major in Chinese Studies you may only receive credit for 6 courses taken abroad, a maximum of 3 of those 6 courses may be CHIN language acquisition courses. Remember, overall you can only have 6 CHIN courses for the major and at least 6 of your upper-division courses must be taken at UCSD.

There are some courses that must be combinded and there are some study abroad courses that may not qualify.

You should always meet with the advisor at the Chinese Studies Office in HSS 1009 to see what your specific situation is.

How many study abroad courses will count for a minor?

If you are a student seeking a minor in Chinese Studies you may only receive credit for 3 courses taken abroad, maximum of 2 of those 3 may be language acquisition course. Be careful because for a minor at least two of your upper-division courses MUST be taken at UCSD.

There are some courses that must be combinded and there are some study abroad courses that may not qualify.

You should always meet with the advisor at the Chinese Studies Office in HSS 1009 to see what your specific situation is.

What courses should I take?

This is the student's decision and responsibilties. To ensure you can use these guidelines to correctly direct your choices:

  1. The course is 50% or more about China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc. to qualify as a non-language Chinese Studies Elective or be 100% about learning to speak Mandarin and be able to successfully comprehend, read and write in Chinese.
  2. The course must be 4 or more quarter units (or 3 semester units).  Combining courses may be permissible.
  3. Make sure that the course is upper-division if that is the requirement you are seeking to fulfill. 

You can also look at the list of Study Abroad Courses for example of courses that have been successfully completed and petitioned by other UCSD students.

If I take study abroad courses for pass/no pass, will I be able to use them for my Chinese Studies major/minor?

All courses for the major or minor must be taken for letter grade. The only exception in CHIN 198 & 199 at UCSD and other criteria apply to these types of courses.

If you participate in OAP then you will earn units and see letter grades but they will not be calculated into your UCSD GPA.

If you participate in EAP then you will earn units and also see letter grades. The letter grade(s) will be calculated into your UCSD GPA.

While studying abroad, I want to take a class that is 3 units. Can I use this class towards my major or minor?

UCSD courses are 4 units and in order for EAP and OAP classes to be compatible with your Degree Audit you need 4 unit courses. You are permitted to combine courses. For instance you can take 3 upper-division non-language Chinese Studies course that are each 3 units. Upon completion of the study abroad program you have earned 9 units. Once you petition the courses you can used the 3 non-UCSD courses as 2 upper-division courses because 2 UCSD courses would have earned you 8 units. It is also very common for language courses to be split into aural/oral and reading/writing components and theses types of course definitely need to be combined. For Chinese Studies to accept Mandarin Chinese courses all aspects of learning the language need to be mastered at the appropriate level.

Please contact the Chinese Studies Program for further details and assistance in HSS 1009 at via email at ChineseStudies@ucsd.edu.

Updated: 6/28/2016