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Study abroad is an opportunity for your son or daughter to continue their Belmont University education while studying and living in another country. Study abroad is not merely a travel experience, but primarily an academic pursuit overseas. Belmont provides study abroad opportunities for students from all academic areas and hopes that the experience will challenge, change and motivate those who take advantage of the opportunity. To have a successful experience overseas, it is important for students to understand the course offerings and credit transfer process to succeed in a program that fits their academic needs.

Credit Transfer

All of the programs that the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) offers are credit-bearing programs that fulfill major, minor or general education requirements. Direct credit means that the credits and grades will appear on students’ Belmont transcripts. All coursework on study abroad programs must be taken for a grade and not on a pass/fail basis. All grades will be factored into the student’s GPA.

Short-Term Credits

Students engaged on short-term study abroad programs are accumulating Belmont credit, as these courses are either led by Belmont professors or have been pre- approved for Belmont credit. The details of the classes offered in each program are available through the program description or by contacting each program director directly. Because Belmont professors run most short-term programs, there are rarely any issues about credits transferring. Students who sufficiently complete these courses will receive the credits listed for each program.

Long-Term – Course Evaluation Process

In order to make study abroad as effective and productive as possible, students need to plan their coursework carefully. It is the students’ responsibility to work with OSA and their academic advisor to select courses most relevant to their program of study. In order to find out how foreign coursework will count at BU, students are required to submit each course they take overseas for evaluation. A BU faculty member within a specific department relevant to the foreign course will evaluate the coursework and determine its BU equivalent. The faculty member will determine based on course information and a syllabus (if available) what specific major, minor or general education requirements the course will fulfill. Students generally have courses evaluated after they have been accepted to a program but definitely before they go abroad. Students should make their study abroad advisor aware in advance if they have specific course requirements that they must fulfill overseas. NOTE: All academic decisions regarding credit are made in academic departments and not in OSA.

Abroad Course Offerings

OSA offers a wide variety of program models that enable students to select from numerous course offerings. For example, students on direct enroll programs can choose from nearly all courses offered at the given university. Students participating on exchange programs may be limited to courses in a specific language or discipline. Students on provider and affiliate programs may be required to choose courses within a specific track or discipline.