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Obtaining Academic Credit

Most courses that you take abroad will come back as transfer credit. As long as you receive the equivalent of a "C" or better, you will get credit for the course, but it will not affect your GPA. The transfer credit process has a few steps, but can be simple as long as you follow the guidelines outlined by IPC. 

► Before you go

  1. Before you apply, meet with your academic advisor to discuss your study plans and determine what type of courses you'll want to take abroad. 
  2. Investigate course options at our exchange partners. If you are looking for courses in your major, check out our recommended programs for ideas. Explore the programs and courses offered at each location by clicking on the links provided under the "Academics" tab on our brochure pages.
  3. After you're accepted, meet with your academic advisor again to get pre-approval for UNCG transfer credits.

► While you're abroad

  1. Stay in touch with you study abroad advisor as well as your departmental advisor if you class schedule changes of the pre-approved courses are not available.  You may want to talk to the transfer credit advisor to see what classes have been transferred back to UNCG from your host institution.
  2. Keep all coursework, including syllabi, term papers and graded assignments. If possible, bring back any textbooks too.  
  3. Know what courses you need credit for here at UNCG. Have updated degree evaluations reviewed by your advisor before you leave so that you know what classes are needed abroad to fulfill certain requirements. If you are a senior and will be graduating within the semester upon return, make sure your credit abroad will be substantial to graduate. The possibility of taking an extra course may be necessary to prevent any doubts of not completing degree requirements. General Education requirements (GEC) may also be fulfilled upon completion of certain classes abroad.

► Once you're back at UNCG

  1. You will be emailed regarding the arrival of your transcript, letting you know to make an appointment with the study abroad advisor at your earliest convenience. Some transcripts can take up to a number of months to arrive, depending on the university and the academic calendar there. 
  2. An appointment with the study abroad advisor will assist you in the reviewing of your transcript and will put you in contact with your academic department so that you receive specific credit for you courses. This will also give you the opportunity to share any feedback with the IPC regarding your time abroad.
  3. Departmental approved memos must be obtained in order to notify the Registrar of your transfer credit completion, which will be given out in your transfer credit appointment at the IPC. Please note that it is mandatory to meet with the transfer credit advisor in order to receive proper credit from your time abroad.
  4. Transferral of credit will be complete once your departmental memos are turned back in to the IPC and the Registrar's office has posted your new credit to your account.


► Satisfactory Academic Policy (SAP)

While abroad, students must maintain SAP to be eligible for financial aid the following semester by completing a sufficient amount of credits. Click here to learn more about SAP at UNCG. If you are in doubt that you will not receive enough credit from your study abroad, get in touch with your study abroad advisor as soon as possible and contact a financial aid representative.