Economics

Boats on a canal in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

There are many exciting options all over the world for Economics majors to study abroad. Given the increasing globalization of today's economic marketplace, studying abroad will help Economics majors gain important cross-cultural perspectives, as well as an understanding of international approaches to business, finance, and politics. One of the many advantages of studying Economics abroad is the ability to take classes not offered at Brandeis or take classes on the economics of a country or region in the country or region.  Students often cite the ability to experience a different pedagogy in Economics classes as one of the highlights of studying Economics abroad.This page contains information that will assist Economics Majors in determining how to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.

Sample of Approved Programs with Economics Course Work

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer Economics  coursework. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where Economics courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. As noted below (in the answer to question # 4), Economics majors who plan to study abroad should speak with the study abroad liaison before they go abroad, and again once they have returned from study abroad.

The liaison for Economics is Prof. Scott Redenius.

Receiving Credit in Economics

Students wishing to receive credit in Economics for work done off campus during the academic year should complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement online form. After filling out the form and gathering the necessary paperwork, please make an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad Liaison as listed above.

FAQs

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Can I receive Economics credit for courses taken overseas?

Yes, provided that the courses are offered by the Economics department in the foreign university, or are offered by closely related departments (e.g., management). Other less closely related offerings (e.g., marketing, human resources) may count for Business but not for Economics.

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Is it possible for a course taken abroad to count as an "upper level" Economics elective?

Yes, if the course requires intermediate micro, intermediate macro, or statistics as a prerequisite, or seems equivalent to courses with those prerequisites. Such courses are most likely to be found in Britain and in other nations that follow the British system of higher education (e.g., Australia, New Zealand).

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Is it possible to take one of the "core" courses (the equivalent of Econ 80a, Econ 82b or Econ 83a) abroad?

We encourage students to take their core courses at Brandeis. In particular, for those contemplating study abroad, it is strongly recommended that they take their core courses before going abroad. In the special case of someone who begins the major late, permission is sometimes given to take one (but only one) of the core courses abroad.

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What is the process for getting Economics credit for study abroad courses?

Before going abroad, you can check out whether a specific course will or will not count as an Economics elective with the Study Abroad Liaison in Economics. It is strongly recommended that you do this, so that you will know beforehand whether or not the course will count. However, in order to formally get Economics credit for the course, you must contact the Study Abroad Liaison again after you return to Brandeis and after you have received a grade for the course. There is a very simple form that you and the Study Abroad Liaison both sign that formally gives you an Economics credit.