Credit Approval for Study Abroad
Faculty-Led Programs: Students on faculty-led programs will enroll in pre-approved courses and do not need to complete the credit approval process.
All other programs:
- Please note: it can be more difficult to find classes during the summer than during a fall or spring semester.
- Not all classes are offered in both the fall and spring semester.
- Use the Course Equivalency Database to find specific classes you need abroad. (Not all available classes are listed.)
- Use host institution course catalogs.
- If you are studying abroad for a semester, you will need to be sure to take the equivalent of 12-18 credit hours (undergraduates) or 9-12 credit hours (graduates).
- It is a good idea to list more classes on this form than you plan to take because class schedules can change or there might be limited class availability at your host institution.
- Many programs have classes that have already been pre-approved by KU faculty. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, you will simply need to indicate that the course has been pre-approved on your form. You can search for these pre-approved classes using the course equivalency database.
- If you want to take a class that has not been pre-approved, you will need to meet with the appropriate academic department and have them sign your form. For example, if you are interested in taking a history course that has not been pre-approved, you will need to meet with the history department and have them sign off on your form indicating that the course has been approved for KU credit.
- Undergraduate Departmental Approvers and CLAS Graduate Departmental Approvers for study abroad are designated by their department to meet with students to advise and approve study abroad coursework for posting at KU.
- Students should plan to get courses approved during their application process to ensure that the courses taken abroad will post appropriately to their KU academic transcript.
- Students can find designated faculty and departmental approvers using the Undergraduate Departmental Approvers and CLAS Graduate Departmental Approvers for study abroad lists.
- Once you have obtained pre-approvals for all your courses, your academic advisor or director of graduate studies should review your overall enrollment plan and sign the front page of your form.
- If your plans change and you end up taking a course that you did not get approved prior to departure, you will need to get the course approved while abroad (preferred) or when you return to campus. Ideally, when you enroll in the new course and have the syllabus, you should contact the departmental study abroad approver by email to start the approval process. Copy your program coordinator on all emails related to the approval of study abroad coursework.
- If you are interested in dropping a class or if you have any academic concerns while abroad, please contact us immediately. Dropping courses can have a negative impact on your visa eligibility in your host country, academic progress at KU, financial aid eligibility, etc.
- For information on taking a class for credit/no credit or pass/fail, please see the KU Study Abroad Academic Policies.
- Keep copies of all of your syllabi, academic work, reading lists, and other course materials to show your academic progress abroad.
- Complete all necessary steps and check with your host institution to ensure your transcript will be sent to Study Abroad & Global Engagement upon completion of your study abroad program.
- After we have received your official transcript, we will generate a credit worksheet comparing your Academic Plan and Approval Form with the courses/credits you actually earned abroad. If the two match, your grades will be posted to your official KU record within two weeks.
- If there are any discrepancies (you changed courses, earned more/fewer credits than you expected, the course changed name, etc), you will receive an email notifying you to pick up your credit worksheet from our office. You will need to meet with departmental approvers to determine appropriate KU equivalent courses for each course on your credit worksheet where there is a discrepancy.
- Once all discrepancies have been resolved and you return your completed worksheet to Study Abroad & Global Engagement, your grades will post to your official KU record within two weeks. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact our office.