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 (Buenos Aires, Florence, Heidelberg, Lausanne, London, Washington, D.C.). 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 Lausanne, 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 Lausanne Course Sheet at the link above.
  • All programs have a super awesome 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 HIST 406 German History in Heidelberg, POSC 459 Religion & Politics in Comparative Perspectives in Washington, D.C., and HIST 406 History of the British Monarchy in London, and PE 180 Tango in Buenos Aires. 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. Set an Alarm!

IP Registration begins on Friday, March 26 at 8 am PT. For the majority of classes abroad, you shouldn't have to worry about competing for a spot. However, there are some specialty classes that must 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. Be sure to complete your registration by March 29th at 11:59pm PST at the absolute latest.

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 Beverly Cawyer ( for assistance.

4. Register for Malibu Courses

After you have completed your registration for IP courses, IP will record your selections and OneStop will remove your IP courses so that you can later register for Malibu classes at your regular registration appointment time. Fall 2021 Malibu registration begins on April 6th for those with early registration, and it ends on April 12th for First Year students. 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 Fall 2021 registration section. To register for Malibu courses, simply repeat the steps above, keeping in mind your specific registration date and time. 

Tips for Selecting Malibu Courses

For your Fall 2021 Malibu courses, you may choose to register for the Malibu version of the same courses (if scheduling allows) or similar courses as those you would abroad, or you may choose to take other courses. Here are a few things to consider as you build your Malibu schedule:

  • If you have a signed contract for a Spring 2022 program, we recommend that you take any prerequisites required for those courses. For example, if HUM 313 is offered in your Spring 2022 program and you plan to take this class, you will want to take HUM 212 in Fall 2021 so that you meet the prerequisite required for HUM 313.
  • If you are unable to go abroad in Fall 2021 and would like to plan to go abroad in a future term (in addition to Spring 2022 if you have a signed contract), you may want to save GEs to take at a later time and take primarily major courses in Malibu instead.

5. Et Voila!

And just like that, you're all set! All programs, with the exception of Lausanne, will schedule the classes after everyone registers. That way, everyone is able to take the combination of classes that he/she needs.

Helpppp! I'm so confused!

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

In the IP Office, Beverly Cawyer, 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!