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Credit Transfer


All of the programs offered by the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) are credit-bearing programs that fulfill major, minor or general education requirements.  Direct credit means that the credits and grades will appear on your Belmont transcript.  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.

Course Evaluation Process

For exchange, direct-enroll and affiliate semester, yearlong and short-term programs:
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 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. 

Course Evaluation Instructions

Before Departure:

  • Meet with your academic advisor to determine your course needs.  The more flexibility you have in courses you can take overseas the better!
  • Meet with an Office of Study Abroad (OSA) advisor to get information about the course offerings on your selected program.  Some information to keep in mind is how many credit hours the typical course is worth and what level course equals the appropriate level course at BU.  
  • The OSA will have courses entered specifically for what you have submitted and will email the CRN numbers. 
  • Register for these courses before you leave to go abroad.  Be sure to have your academic advisor life any advising holds to enable you to do this.  For students studying abroad for the year, you will need to complete forms for both fall and spring semesters. 
    • NOTE: If more than one of your courses has the same course number but different sections (for example, you are taking two upper-level business classes, both may be listed as MGT 3950) you will need to contact OSA faculty academic advisor, Dr. Maggie Monteverde, by emailing her here, to have her override and place you into one of the classes. 

While Abroad:

  • Once you have completed your on-site program registration overseas, notify OSA of your final course selections.  If any of the changes involve a course which was not pre-approved, submit the course for evaluation immediately. 
  • OSA faculty academic advisor, Dr. Monteverde, will process any Add/Drop requests on your behalf as your term overseas will most likely not correspond with BU’s. 

Upon Your Return: 

  • Transcripts from abroad often take 6 to 8 weeks to arrive once your program has finished (this is often longer for programs in South America and Africa).  Your grades will reflect an IP (in progress) until your transcript is received from your abroad program and your course substitutions are calculated. 


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