Study Abroad Course List

Introduction: This course list is to help plan your study abroad program. The courses on the list have been approved by the Vice Chair of the Economics Department in the past 4 years. Courses not on the list require additional documentation for review.


  1. Check the list for courses that have been pre-approved by the UC San Diego Department of Economics (updated yearly).
  2. List all courses you plan to take on your Academic Planning Form (APF) for review and prescreening.
  3. If a course(s) is not in the list, please submit course description(s), with your APF, for review.
    1. Please note: review process can take between 5-10 business days.
  4. Be sure to save the syllabi and course work for ALL classes, whether or not they have been pre-approved. VC Famulari reviews ALL coursework to determine
    1. whether the class should stay on our pre-approved list.
    2. whether the class should be added to our pre-approved list.

Disclaimer: Failure to prescreen courses not on list may result in no major or minor credit for these courses.

Key: (VC Famulari will use this language to review the courses presented)

  • Yes – course approved as credit.
    • VC Famulari will indicate how course will be accepted. Example: “ECON 1” or “UD Econ Elective”
  • No – course not approved for economics credit
  • Need more info – if you still plan to take the course, VC Famulari recommends providing her with the syllabus as soon as possible.

Career Center Events and Programs – February 2020

Career Center Events and Programs

Event Location Date Time
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Info Session Horizon Room 2/24 5:00pm-6:00pm
Professional Profile Building Workshop for International Students Student Service Center B, Large Conference Room 2/24 5:00pm-7:00pm
Global & Digital Taxes Update Otterson 2S117 2/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wiley CPA Info Session Otterson 2S117 2/24 8:00pm-9:00pm
LinkedIn Learning Office Hours Alumni Office 2/25 10:00am-11:00am
LinkedIn Learning Office Hours: Drop In Otterson 2E128 2/25 11:00am-12:00pm
Resume Workshop: What Hiring Managers Want Women’s Center 2/25 12:00pm-1:00pm
Visa Info Session/Networking Horizon Room 2/25 5:00pm-7:30pm
Rady Marketing Panel Otterson 2S117 2/25 5:15pm-6:30pm
Health Beat: Ceneu-Spanish Immersion and Medical Shadowing in Ensenada Horizon Room 2/25 12:00pm-1:00pm
FMPH 195: Medical School Prep 101 (#8) Horizon Room 2/26 2:00pm-2:50pm
Physics Alumni Industry Panel – Booz Allen Hamilton, ServiceNow, and more Horizon Room 2/26 4:00pm-5:30pm
Wells Fargo Networking Session Career Lab 2/26 5:00pm-6:30pm
Attorney Networking Night Faculty Club 2/26 6:00pm-8:00pm
UQ Ochsner ‘Meet the Dean’ Horizon Room 2/26 7:00pm-8:30pm
BD’s Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP) Information Session Career Lab 2/26 7:00pm-8:30pm
Week 8: HDS 98 Winter 2020 Horizon Room 2/27 1:45pm-3:30pm
Meet the Bainbridge Team on Campus Horizon Room 2/27 5:00pm-7:00pm
People of Color in Law Professions Cross Cultural Center 2/28 3:00pm-4:00pm

Columbia Bridge to the PhD Program

The Columbia Economics Department is recruiting its second cohort of Bridge-to-the-Ph.D. scholars for fall 2020. This program may be of interest to current students or recent graduates.

The Bridge-to-the-Ph.D. program is designed to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in STEM fields, including Economics. It is an intensive research, academic, and mentoring experience for post-baccalaureates seeking to strengthen their graduate school applications and to prepare for the transition into Ph.D. programs. Scholars who apply to and are selected for the economics program will be paired with a mentor in the economics department, and take part in activities tailored towards Ph.D. programs in the field.

Bridge participants are hired as full-time Columbia University research assistants (RAs) for up to two years and conduct research under the mentorship of faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students. Potential research areas within the department include behavioral economics, development, macroeconomics, urban economics, industrial organization, education, health, and political economy.

The 2020-2021 salary for Bridge RAs is a minimum of  $51,125 per year. Program participants are also provided with $2000 per year to support professional and educational expenses (examples include travel to professional conferences and purchase of books), and, as full-time employees are eligible for University benefits.

Bridge participants typically enroll in one to two courses per semester at Columbia that are related to their future field of study. These might include mathematics courses, undergraduate electives in economics, or Master’s or Ph.D. level introductory courses. The program also organizes a number of professional development workshops, provides access to GRE test preparation, and partners with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science to ensure success while at Columbia and to facilitate application to Ph.D. programs.

To apply or to get more information visit this website.

EPIC Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

EPIC Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) invites applications for the Summer 2020 Research Fellowship. An interdisciplinary research and training center at the University of Chicago, EPIC is contributing innovative solutions to the global energy challenge: how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment and climate at risk? Previous results from EPIC projects have been influential with policymakers worldwide and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications.

Successful candidates will report to Michael Greenstone, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of EPIC. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data from the United States, India, China, and other countries utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods, as well as development of computational economic models of energy markets.

Applicants must be in their penultimate year of study and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience programming in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would work for EPIC for around ten weeks before returning to school.  EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with rolling decisions, but all applications must be received by March 16th to be considered. We expect to provide final notifications by early spring 2020. Due to the high volume of applications, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

To apply, please complete the form and upload your resume, transcript, and writing sample at https://tinyurl.com/epic-summer-intern. Questions and inquiries about the summer fellowship should be directed to epic.predoctoralfellowship@gmail.com.

Research Assistant Opportunities; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Office of Research

About the Office of Research (OR):

The Office of Research (OR) in the Research, Markets, and Regulations Division (RMR) is realizing the CFPB’s mission by bringing an empirical, data-driven approach to the analysis of consumer financial markets.  OR provides the main analytics to understand consumer behavior and support the Bureau’s actions in policy-making, supervision, and enforcement.

OR Research Assistant Program

The OR Research Assistant Program is a fellowship program that was developed for graduating undergraduates (recent December 2019 and May/June 2020 graduates may apply) who are interested in spending 2-4 years in the Office of Research working alongside Ph.D. researchers (which include economists, research psychologists, and research scientists) on substantial and rigorous data-oriented policy projects.  Ideally, the candidates’ time with our office would prepare them for future graduate programs such as Ph.D. programs in economics and finance, Master of Public Policy, and other graduate fields.  Successful candidates will have a proven track record of academic excellence in one or more of the following areas: economics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or decisionmaking and cognitive research.  Experience in R, SAS, or Stata programming is also key.  Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must, as is the demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment.

How to apply to the OR Research Assistant Program:

Visit our website: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/careers/current-openings/research-assistant-158x/.

  • Posting is open February 21, 2020 – March 13, 2020 (apply early, since we may have an application cap)

Components of the application include (check job posting for official requirements):

  • Resume (required)
  • School transcripts showing progress toward degree (required – unofficial okay – we can take recent graduates as well as those expecting to graduate in December 2019 or May/June 2020)
  • Short questionnaire (required – administered on the application website)
  • Cover letter (strongly recommended)

Berkeley Economic Review – UC Berkeley’s Premier Undergraduate Journal – Submissions now being accepted

The Berkeley Economic Review, the premier undergraduate economics journal at the University of California, Berkeley.

Our journal is currently seeking essays, op-eds, theses, and research papers from undergraduate students for submission. We offer a great opportunity for students to publish their work in a professional academic journal and reach a wider community of engaged economists

Submissions now being accepted: https://econreview.berkeley.edu/submit/

Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) Applications Open!

Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) Applications Open!

The Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS) offer students a chance to focus on full-time research throughout the summer with a $5,000 scholarship! URS is an umbrella of individual scholarships sponsored by donors to the university who want to support undergraduate research.

The program is open to students of
•    all majors
•    U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented students
•    all undergraduate levels of academic standing (freshman through seniors)

Deadlines Extended for the following URS Scholarships:

  • HIV Institute – Transgender/Gender Non-Binary Community Health (March 1st)
  • Research Scholarships for Physics (March 1st)
  • Summer URS Starbucks Sustainable Food Solutions and Learning Opportunities Research Scholarship (March 2nd)

Learn More and Apply