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I’ve been on a lot of study abroad
forums over the past few years and one question that is constantly coming up is
whether or not courses taken abroad count for credit at home colleges and
universities. This will differ from school to school and program to program so
your best bet is to research what classes your school will award credit for,
and get written approval of the classes you plan on taking.
Check with both the study abroad office and the registrar’s office at your home
college or university to see if they will award you credit from the school you
plan on attending while you’re abroad.
When you definitively know where you’ll be going abroad, start looking at your
abroad school’s course catalogue. Make a list of classes that you think you’ll
want to take and gather every bit of info you can about them. Look for the course number and title, number
of credits assigned by the host school, course description, evaluation
(quizzes, tests, exams, papers, etc.), syllabus and a reading list. The more information you have on the course,
the more likely you will get it approved for credit.
Bring your course summaries to both your academic dean and your academic
advisor and if possible, get their written approval so you don’t get rejected
when they tell you a course doesn’t count after you’ve already finished your
a look at your transcript to make sure you have a grip on your progress toward
your major/ minor and common or general requirements. Lastly, confirm that you’ll be allowed to
enroll in classes at your home college or university for the semester you
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