This section provides information about how studying abroad fits in with the economics major.
The Decision to Study Abroad. This is an important decision and you should by all means consult with your major advisor. However, you should be aware that your advisor will not have information about specific countries or programs; the Study Abroad Office should be able to provide you with lots of helpful information.
Your Planned Course of Study. You should consult with your major advisor about your planned course of study. If you have questions about a particular course, send copies of the course description and syllabus to your advisor prior to meeting with her or him. Do your best to resolve any questions before leaving Amherst.
Questions about Course Credit. This is an area where you should not seek our advice except in rare circumstances. The economics department procedure for granting elective credit for study abroad is exactly the same as the procedure we follow for students taking classes in the Five-College Consortium. Please refer to the previous section for the details about which courses may be taken elsewhere.
We want you to make the most out of your time. You can help us by seeking advice on important issues about your decision to study abroad or what you will study while abroad. We believe that the vast majority of questions about credits is answered above. Of course, if your situation does not fit these rules, you should consult your academic advisor.
It may be helpful to know that, in general, economics majors who study abroad usually take one or two economics courses in order to receive one elective credit towards their major.