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English Majors/Minors

Information for English majors/minors about studying abroad through EAP.

Why Study Abroad

The English department encourages its students to complete some portion of their undergraduate study through UCLA’s Education Abroad Program. English majors and minors can deepen their understanding of British, American, and post-colonial English literature by studying in a foreign university, while adding an international dimension to their undergraduate education.

English majors and minors who study abroad come to understand that cultural context is crucial for interpreting literary texts, and that knowledge is constructed differently in other political and social milieux. The opportunities for enhancing one’s understanding of English literature through foreign study are almost boundless: seeing Shakespeare performed in the rebuilt London Globe; visiting the Lake District where Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote their finest poetry; reading Joyce’s Ulysses in Dublin; discussing American literary texts with British, Australian, or Indian students; or experiencing Coetzee’s South Africa.

Where to go

You have a wide variety of options! You may consider studying at any of the dozens of universities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand. Or, if you have a strong interest in post-colonial literature, you should consider studying in Barbados, Ghana, South Africa, or India.

If you want to enhance your language skills, consider EAP programs in France, Germany, Italy , or Spain, where you can study foreign texts while simultaneously taking courses in English and American literature. Finally, programs in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden offer the opportunity for juniors and seniors to do courses in English in British and American literature.

The UC Education Abroad Program offers three special features to help you choose the right program.

  • The Program Wizard can help you find possible programs of interest.
  • The Coursefinder database includes descriptions of all courses taken by UC students while on EAP programs. Please note that it does not include all courses offered by the host university, only those that have been taken and submitted for approval by UC students.
  • An up-to-date list of pre-approved EAP courses will soon be available.

What classes to take

All classes taken on the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) are UC approved courses and count toward your 180 unit requirement for graduation; however, your major or minor department has the final authority to determine how the coursework is used to fulfill specific major/minor requirements.

Courses are approved on a case by case basis and generally used for elective credit. Before going abroad, students should discuss with the department advisor which EAP courses the department will approve for credit toward a major or minor. Students can often make changes to their study plan once they arrive in their country of choice, but should consult with the undergraduate staff advisor by e-mail first.

EAP Coursework Guidelines for English Major/Minor

Note: the following guidelines are subject to change. Please see your major/minor advisor for up-to-date information.

EAP Unit Limits for Major

  • Total number of EAP Upper Division Units that can be applied: 6 courses
  • Total number of EAP Lower Division Units that can be applied: See counselor
  • Total number of EAP Units that can be used to fulfill a language requirement: No limit

EAP Unit Limits for Minor

  • Total number of EAP Upper Division Units that can be applied: 2 courses
  • Total number of EAP Lower Division Units that can be applied: See counselor
  • Total number of EAP Units that can be used to fulfill a language requirement: N/A

English Department Contacts

Janel Munguia
Undergraduate Advisor
158 Humanities
Telephone: 310-825-1389
Department website

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