Study Abroad

There are many good economics programs offered through universities overseas; students are encouraged to ask their faculty advisors for details about the quality of various programs. Schools with particularly strong reputations in economics include the London School of Economics, University College London, and Queen Mary in the United Kingdom; Trinity College Dublin in Ireland; Pompeu Fabra and Madrid Complutense in Spain; Bocconi University in Italy; and the University of Melbourne in Australia. The Office of International Programs coordinates the study-abroad option and can provide more detailed information about specific programs.

Course Requirements Prior to Studying Abroad

To ensure that students are able to complete the requirements for the major in time for graduation, all students must have four courses completed before studying abroad:

  • Micro Principles 
  • Macro Principles
  • Statistics
  • either Micro or Macro Theory (we strongly prefer that both theory courses are completed before studying abroad).

To be eligible to transfer back credits, A&S majors, A&S minors and CSOM concentrators must earn at least a B- in at least one of the Intermediate Theory courses before going abroad.

Subject to Department approval of the specific courses, electives taken through study-abroad programs may fulfill requirements for the major. In general, students may take a maximum of two courses abroad, although students who have previously taken summer courses, and students who have advanced placement should discuss their individual situations with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Neither of the two Intermediate Theory courses nor Econometrics can be taken abroad for major or minor credit. Note that the Department policy on upper- versus lower-level electives applies to courses taken abroad.

The Department has collected a list of courses from universities throughout the world that we accept for credit towards the A&S major, CSOM concentration, and minor. For electives, the list also indicates whether the course is accepted as a lower (2000) or upper (3000)-level elective. A course must be 3 credits to qualify but you may combine 2 2-credit courses to count for one elective, or 3 2-credit courses to count for two electives. The list is updated periodically. Student Services also has a copy of this list. Therefore, if a course you take is on the list, it will automatically be placed on your audit when Student Services receives the grade from the host university.

Plan your study abroad semester(s) with the Office of International Programs

Economics majors must contact the Office of International Programs to apply for study abroad and to plan their semester or year abroad. Economics minors and students completing the CSOM Economics concentration should also contact the Office of International Programs to ensure that they are eligible to transfer elective courses taken abroad for credit toward their program. Those planning to participate in the Honors Program are strongly advised to identify a thesis topic and a faculty supervisor before going abroad. Very tight deadlines during the fall semester of senior year make this advance planning essential. Students who are considering doing Ph.D. work in economics or related disciplines should plan their programs abroad with particular care.