Transferring Study Abroad Credit

Course Approval Process

To ensure timely graduation, students should meet with their advisor to decide upon an academic plan. This plan will help students make the most informed decision on the timing of their study abroad program.

After students apply through the Program Search Engine and their eligibility to study abroad has been confirmed, the Office of Education Abroad can help students find courses abroad. Students must then have every overseas course approved for transfer by the appropriate CWRU Academic Representative. See a list of Academic Representatives.

Academic Representatives approve courses by signing the Course Approval Form in person or digitally. If courses are to be approved digitally, students have two ways they can do so:

  1. Email the Course Approval Form as a PDF attachment to the appropriate academic representative along with the syllabus for the overseas course, and request that the academic representative provide a CWRU course match and sign off on it via the "Fill & Sign" function.
  2. Email a link to the Course Approval Form as a shared Google document to the academic representative along with the syllabus for the overseas course, and request that the academic representative provide a CWRU course match and digitally sign off on it (Google tracks who edits shared documents and this feature can be used to verify digital signatures, if necessary).

Once all courses students are interested in taking are approved, students will have their academic advisor sign the form using either of the above ways and then upload the completed form to their study abroad application. Note that students should get more courses approved than they intend to take abroad.

Students should complete this process before departure so there are no surprises when CWRU receives their transcript from the overseas institution. If students take a course abroad without securing prior approval, there is no guarantee that the course will transfer as wished—or at all.