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Registering for the Courses You Will Take Abroad

You can feel it in the air -- registration for your courses abroad is quickly approaching! Before registration arrives, you want to make sure that you know what you plan to take abroad, that it makes sense for your four year plan, and that you're making the most of your semester or year.

So, how in the world do I do this? Here are your steps!

1. Plan your Courses for your IP Experience

The first step is to check your Degree Audit Report (DAR) to see which of the classes offered in your program will benefit your four year plan. You can find your DAR on the "Academics" tab on your Wavenet account.

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Your DAR will be your best friend over the next three years -- so get familiar with it! This document tells you all GE requirements and major courses that you still need to take. Compare the list of your remaining classes to the classes offered in your program (see Academics page for program course sheets). If you will be abroad for two semesters, make sure that you are not repeating any courses to make the most of your time and money.


  • Make sure that you can take at least 12 units each semester you are abroad.
  • Make sure that if a language is required, you are taking a language course each semester that you are abroad.
  • If you are going to Switzerland, be mindful that some classes may be scheduled at the same time which means that you cannot take both. Make sure that you create a schedule that has no overlapping classes. To learn which classes overlap, check out the corresponding Switzerland Course Sheet through the link above.
  • All programs have an amazing class called HUM 295/296 called Enriching the International Experience. This class is is experiential and designed to be a space for students to learn more about the culture, history, and people of that particular location through excursions to local sites.
  • Each program has highlights specific to that program, such as ARTH 428 Renaissance Art in Florence, POSC 459 Religion & Politics in Comparative Perspectives in Washington, D.C., and HIST 406 History of the British Monarchy in London. Don't overlook these awesome opportunities!

2. Add these Courses to your Shopping Cart

For guidance on how to add a class to your Wavenet shopping cart and actually register for a class, check out these helpful step-by-step instructions. Basically, you will search for a class in your location, add it to your shopping cart, and click "Register" at the time of your registration. But plan ahead! Make sure that your classes are in your shopping cart in advance of your registration date and time. 

3. Register for IP Courses

Your specific registration date and time will be determined by your completed number of units, and it will be found on your Wavenet account under the registration section. For the majority of classes abroad, you shouldn't have to worry about competing for a spot. However, there are some specialty classes that have a smaller roster. It's important that you are mindful of your registration time so that you have the best chance of getting into all of the classes you want.

So what if I can't get into a class?
If you're unable to register, it's possible that there is a prerequisite that you have not met or that the class is full. In either case, email Danica Harootian ( for assistance.

4. Et Voila!

And just like that, you're all set! All programs, with the exception of the programs in Switzerland, will schedule the classes after everyone registers. That way, everyone is able to take the combination of classes that they need.

If you need assistance in this process, don't worry! There are a variety of people on campus who have the expertise to guide you in the right direction.

In the IP Office, Danica Harootian, the Manager of Academics and Internships, and Dr. Ron Cox, Associate Dean of IP, can assist you with determining which classes make the most sense for you while you are abroad.

For four-year planning, it's best to talk to your major advisor, who is listed as your advisor in Wavenet, or a OneStop Academic Advising Associate. Major advisors and Office Managers of specific divisions can tell you which upper division courses may be offered during certain terms. For example, an upper division course may only be offered every Fall semester, and it's important to know the timeline in order to plan ahead.

Happy Registering!