Academics

Academic Credit

When you participate in a credit-bearing program abroad through UConn Education Abroad, you remain registered at UConn and therefore may be eligible to receive UConn credit and grades.  As early as your first year in college, you may discuss your plans for a program abroad abroad with your academic advisor and how a program may fit well into your overall academic plan.

All courses taken on an approved Education Abroad program receive UConn course numbers, UConn credits, and UConn grades, which appear on students’ transcripts. All grades are factored into students’ GPAs. Students cannot choose which study abroad courses they would like to appear on their UConn transcripts, and which they do not want to appear.

  • Coursework completed abroad will appear as graded credit on students’ UConn transcripts.
  • Grades issued by host universities will be converted to a US scale after the foreign transcript is received by Education Abroad. Many universities have different grading systems.
  • Credit systems also vary from country to country, and therefore, the number of credits that students take at a foreign university may be different from what they ultimately receive at UConn.
  • To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the foreign institution; and before the student leaves UConn, he/she must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

Students participating on Exchange or Affiliated Programs must follow the Course Alignment process to receive their credits and grades from abroad. Students participating in UConn Programs generally do not need to follow the Course Alignment process as their courses are already pre-approved to transfer back to UConn. Credits and grades from faculty-led programs are posted automatically with no additional requirements on the part of the student.

Courses taken as a part of an Education Abroad program fall into two categories:

  • Pre-approved courses include those attached to all UConn faculty-led Education Abroad courses as well as specific courses in other programs that have been assigned equivalent UConn course numbers and credits.  Pre-approved courses do not require further approval.  Once transcripts are received from the host institution, courses and grades will be recorded on a student’s UConn transcript.
  • Courses that have not been pre-approved must go through the course alignment process to be assigned equivalent UConn course numbers and credits.  This alignment process must be completed by the end of the semester after a student returns from studying abroad. Once the alignment process is completed and transcripts are received from the host institution, courses and grades will be recorded on a student’s UConn transcript.

It can take up to two months after the end of a program for grades to arrive at Education Abroad and be posted to your UConn transcript because universities in other countries do not necessarily operate on the same schedule as UConn. Once the grades reach our office, we will forward them to the Registrar quickly, but unfortunately we cannot predict when our overseas partners will send them.

Business Courses

Students who take Business courses abroad that are pre-accredited as UConn School of Business courses (MKTG, MGMT, etc.) must meet all of the UConn course prerequisites in order to receive the UConn School of Business credit. Students who take pre-accredited Business courses, but do not have all of the necessary prerequisites will automatically receive BADM 2893 Foreign Study credit for their course.

Course Alignment

  • Students abroad during spring or summer have until December 31st of that year to submit all courses for alignment.
  • Students abroad for fall or winter have until May 31st that academic year to submit all courses for alignment.

Courses that are not submitted for alignment by the deadlines above will be listed as UNIV foreign study courses (with grades) on a student’s UConn transcript. If no foreign transcript is received, F grades will be recorded.

Dean’s List Eligibility

Some Fall or Spring term students have reported that they do not appear on the published Dean’s List at the start of a given term, even though their grades may qualify them for that notation. Although eligible students will appear on the Dean’s List eventually, UConn may not receive your host program transcript quickly enough or the Registrar may not be able to process their grades in time for you to appear on these published lists. If you are otherwise eligible, you will have this notation on your final UConn transcript. Please see the Registar’s website for more information on how you may qualify for the Dean’s List.

Grading Systems

Education Abroad will convert Host Program grades to a U.S. scale after your foreign transcript arrives at UConn. Many universities have different credit and grading systems that vary from country to country, and therefore, the number of credits that you take at a Host Program may be different from what you ultimately receive at UConn. Click here to review the UCONN Grading and Credit Conversion Guidebook.

Honors Credit

If you wish to underatake Honors work while participating in an Education Abroad program, you may propose a conversion project with the on-site instructor. Education Abroad conversions require approval from the Honors advisor in the department approving the course for UConn credit and the Honors advisor in the student’s major department. Alternatively, you may work under the supervision of the Honors advisor in the course department-from a distance-to complete a conversion project for a course taken while abroad.

Internships

To receive credit for an internship, the experience must be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the Host Program. Before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

Online Courses

Students abroad may enroll in online courses, but Education Abroad strongly discourages this practice. You are going abroad to immerse yourself in a new culture and to challenge yourself academically. Taking courses online can detract from this experience. Remember also that access to high-speed internet will vary greatly across the globe. You cannot assume that your community abroad will have reliable internet access.

If you still decide to take an online course while abroad, UConn will charge you tuition and fees for the course you are taking during the same semester in addition to any related Education Abroad program charges. The UConn eCampus website has more information, including course fees:  http://ecampus.uconn.edu/tuition.html

Transcripts

Please note that it can take up to two months after the end of your program for your grades to arrive at UConn Education Abroad and be posted to your UConn transcript because universities in other countries do not necessarily operate on the same schedule as UConn does. Once the grades reach Education Abroad, the staff will forward them to the Registrar quickly, but unfortunately Education Abroad cannot predict when overseas partners will send them.

To process your grades, UConn must receive an official, sealed transcript or grade report from your approved host institution or program. In most cases, programs send transcripts directly to Education Abroad.

Please be sure to ask your host institution or program to send your transcript to the following address:

Education Abroad

Global Affairs

University of Connecticut

368 Fairfield Way U-4207

Storrs, CT 06269

United States

If you receive your official transcript directly, please mail it to Education Abroad or drop it off in person. Do not open your transcript, as Education Abroad cannot process opened transcripts.