Approving Credits for Study Abroad
USU advisors will refer to the process of requesting and approving a transfer of credits as ‘articulation’.
Before you leave on your study abroad trip work with your articulation specialist to request credit.
Approving Credits Based on Your Program
USU Faculty-Led Program Participants
You don’t have to request advance approval of credits. Students on USU faculty-led programs will receive USU credit automatically, while students on other programs will need to articulate their coursework to receive USU credit.
Exchange and Direct Program Participants
You do have to request approval of credits. Courses you take abroad through an exchange or direct program can be elective, major, minor or general education credits at USU. Work with the articulation representative in the academic department or college from which you are requesting credit, as well as your academic advisor, to approve courses before you study abroad. Your academic advisor may also be the articulation representative in some cases. USU articulation representatives and academic advisors refer to the process of requesting and approving a transfer of credits as 'articulation'.
Steps for Advance Credit Approval1. Review the list of courses offered at your host institution of study and find the course descriptions of the courses you are interested in taking.
2. Look for courses at USU that you think match those courses.
3. Take the Study Abroad Credit Approval Form and the course descriptions of both the host institution courses and the USU courses to a meeting with the articulation representative in the academic department or college from which you are requesting credit. It is recommended that you select a few back-up courses in addition to your top pick courses, should certain courses not be available at the time of your enrollment.
4. Take the Study Abroad Credit Approval Form and the course descriptions of both the host institution courses and the USU courses to a meeting with your academic advisor to ensure courses will fit in your academic plan, and to see if any classes can be graded pass/fail (P/F), if P/F grades are desired. Please note: You may choose to request any class be graded as P/F with prior approval, but be aware that some major classes must be letter graded to count toward your degree requirements. Discuss your P/F requests with your academic advisor to see if that type of grading best benefits what you want/need.
5. The completed form with signatures must be submitted to USU Study Abroad prior to your departure from USU. Please upload your completed form to the Study Abroad Credit Approval section of your study abroad application.
6. At the time of enrollment at your host institution, you may enroll in courses not listed on this form. If this happens, be in touch with the articulation representative in the academic department or college from which you are requesting credit and your academic advisor for approval of the additional courses and to ensure they will fit in your academic plan. The signed form should then be re-submitted to study abroad.
Visit returning students page for steps to transfer credits when you return.