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
Courses you take abroad through an exchange or direct program can be received as elective, major, minor or general education credits at USU.
Steps for Advance Credit Approval
- 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 Advance Credit Approval Form and the course descriptions of both the host institution courses and the USU courses to a meeting with the articulation specialist in the academic department or college from which you are requesting credit. Request pre-approval of your proposed courses that would be used toward your graduation requirements at USU. It is recommended that you select a few back-up courses in addition to your top picks, should certain courses not be available at the time of your enrollment.
4. Take the Advance 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.
5. The completed form with signatures must be submitted to USU Office of Global Engagement prior to your departure from USU. Please upload your completed form to the "Advance Credit Approval Form" 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 specialist 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 USU Office of Global Engagement.
Visit returning students page for steps to transfer credits when you return.