Study Abroad

Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad

While study abroad programs are not research-specific, travel abroad could tie in to research or historical interests and certainly is good for broadening one's historical awareness. See the BSA programs and UCEAP programs for the range of options available. If you are considering study abroad, be sure to read the Study Abroad for History Majors Fact Sheet and speak with the Department's undergraduate advisor

UC Berkeley Washington Program

Each Fall and Spring, the UC Berkeley Washington Program sends 25-30 undergraduates to Washington, DC, to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UC Berkeley.

To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. You must also have taken at least two upper-division courses on the UC Berkeley campus, which provide background for the topic you intend to research. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the new UC Washington Center a half-mile from the White House. Berkeley financial aid is transferrable to the DC program. Students earn a full semester of Berkeley academic credit.

Online applications, more information about orientations and deadlines, as well as program information is online at