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Fulfilling Credit Abroad

 

Fulfilling Credit Abroad

Education Abroad credit can look a little different depending on the class format and/or how the credit comes back to CU. You are responsible for knowing the policies and credit implications for all of the classes and credits you earn abroad. To determine how your coursework will count towards your CU degree requirements, review the following steps and resources:
 

Step 1

Determine, with your academic advisor(s), if you are going to fulfill any specific degree requirements while abroad.  

Step 2

Research the classes you can take abroad.
  • Use your program's webpage. The Academics Tab contains program-specific information you’ll need when selecting classes.
  • Use the Course Approvals List to determine if the courses you are interested in have been approved for the credit you need/ want.

Step 3

Complete the appropriate course planning and evaluation forms linked below. Course evaluations can take 3-5 weeks, be sure to submit forms early! 

Course Planning & Evaluation Forms by School / College

Course planning and evaluation procedures vary by school/college. To view the course planning and evaluation forms relevant to your school/college see below. Before completing the form, be sure to review the important considerations below and those outlined on the forms themselves.

Note: if you're completing an internship, use the Internship Credit Approval Form instead of the forms linked below.

Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.
 
Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.
 
Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.
 
Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.

Use the following course evaluation form for all engineering requests, as well as any Humantiies & Social Sciences evaluation requests:
 
Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.
 
Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.
 
Use these forms to submit new courses for evaluation and/or confirm your course plan with your academic advisor. Be sure to review the relevant sections in Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms below before submitting forms.
 
There is no course planning form for Grad or Law students. Instead, work directly with your academic advisor to determine how the courses you take abroad can fulfill your degree requirements. 

Important Considerations when Submitting Course Evaluation Forms

  • Submit a different form for each major, minor, or certificate course evaluation, do not list course evaluation requests for different departmental approvals all on one form.

  • Major/Minor/Certificate evaluations should be sent to the appropriate academic advisor. If you are submitting courses to be evaluated for minor credit, be sure to list your minor advisor on the first step of the form.

  • Do not include any A&S Gen Ed classes on this form as your academic department cannot evaluate courses for this kind of credit.

  • When possible, try to have twice as many courses approved for the credit you need as you plan to take abroad. This will give you backup options in case courses are canceled, you have scheduling conflicts when registering, etc. Allow yourself as much flexibility with the degree requirements you’re trying to fulfill abroad as possible.

  • It can take several weeks for evaluation requests to be processed, so start on this early.

   

Understanding A&S Gen Ed Requirements

  • A&S Gen Ed requirements are a required component of A&S, Business, Music, and Education students' degree requirements and include requirements such as Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, etc. Review the descriptions of A&S's General Education Requirements to gain a better understanding of the course content needed in order for a course to be approved for a specific Gen Ed area.
     
  • Courses must be considered an Arts & Sciences course in order to fulfill and A&S General Education requirement. Subsequently, ed abroad courses traditionally taught in other schools/colleges at CU, such as Engineering, Business, CMCI, etc. are unlikely to be approved.
     
  • The following A&S Gen Ed requirements are difficult to fulfill while abroad and cannot be fulfilled by taking a class that will come back to CU as less than 2.7 credits, even if they are listed as approved on the Course Approvals List:
    • Written Communication - courses must be focused on the technical aspects of writing in order to be approved for Written Communication. Courses that focus on creative writing and/or travel journaling are unlikely to be approved.
    • Diversity Requirements - courses must explore and focus on the ways in which marginalization has occurred and the reasons for this marginalization in order to be approved for a Diversity requirement.
       
  • Courses already approved for A&S Gen Ed requirements can be found on the Course Approvals List
     
  • When courses are evaluated for A&S Gen Ed, they are considered for all areas. If a course has been determined to either be not approved for any A&S Gen Ed, or approved for one or more specific areas already, it is not eligible for any other Gen Ed areas.
     
  • Internships and independent study classes cannot fulfill any A&S Core or Gen Ed requirements.
     
  • If your program does not have courses already approved for the A&S Gen Ed requirements you're trying to fulfill while abroad, you can submit the A&S Gen Ed/MAPS Evaluation Request Form found on the Submitting Courses for Evaluation page. 


Tips on submitting courses for evaluation

  • If a course is on the Course Approvals List for A&S Gen Ed, it has been evaluated for all areas, and is not eligible for any other areas.
     
  • Courses already listed as pre-approved for the credit you need on the Course Approvals List don't need to be submitted on this form. Let your advisor know that you're planning on completing some Gen Ed requirements while you're abroad, though, and they'll let you know if they have any concerns about your academic plan.

  • Courses approved for A&S Gen Ed Diversity and Written Communication requirements must be worth at least 2.7 credits at CU. Other A&S Gen Ed courses do not have a minimum credit requirement.

  • When possible, try to have twice as many courses approved for the credit you need as you plan to take abroad. This will give you backup options in case courses are canceled, you have scheduling conflicts when registering, etc. Allow yourself as much flexibility with the degree requirements you’re trying to fulfill abroad as possible.

Understanding MAPS Requirements
 
  • CU Boulder students are expected to have completed courses that meet certain minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) before enrolling at CU Boulder. If you would like to complete a MAPS requirement abroad, you need to have the course evaluated by the appropriate department.
  • If your program does not have courses already approved for the MAPS requirements you're trying to fulfill while abroad, you can submit the A&S Gen Ed/MAPS Evaluation Request Form found on the Submitting Courses for Evaluation page. For MAPS evaluations you must supply a full syllabus, not just a course description.


?Tips on submitting courses for evaluation

  • For MAPS evaluations you must supply a full syllabus, not just a course description.
  • Courses that are fewer than 2.7 credits will not fulfill MAPS, even if the content was approved for MAPS.

The vast majority of courses on CU Boulder-approved programs are traditional academic subjects and will be accepted by CU Boulder as elective credit at the very least. However, a small number of courses on study abroad programs are not eligible for CU credit. If a course is determined to be non-transferrable/not-for-credit, this means that this course will not count towards any degree requirements (including major or general elective credit) or hours towards graduation. If you still take the class, you will need to enroll in enough additional for-credit courses to maintain your status as a full-time student (meaning at least 12 credits in addition to this course). This course will appear as Not for Credit (NC) on your CU Boulder record.

To ensure that all of your courses transfer, check the Course Approvals List for your program and avoid any courses already listed as NON-TRANSFER. As you explore new courses, use the following criteria as guidelines for what to watch out for that may also be determined to be non-transferrable:

  • Wine, cooking, and food appreciation courses
  • Physical education courses (e.g. yoga, recreational dancing, sports)
  • Outdoor leadership and related courses through Outward Bound, NOLS or similar programs
  • Tourism studies courses
  • Vocational-technical courses that are offered at two-year and proprietary institution
  • Credits earned for work experience (including some internships, see below)
  • Courses in religion that constitute specialized religious training or that are doctrinal in nature
  • English-language proficiency courses (courses designed for non-native English speakers)
  • Applied medical courses
  • Courses or programs identified as college orientation
  • Courses identified by CU Boulder as remedial, i.e. necessary to correct academic deficiencies, such as remedial English, mathematics, science, etc.
  • In addition, some Business classes may not be eligible for any CU Boulder credit for Business & non-Business majors alike. Business majors should work closely with their advisor to get all Business courses pre-approved.


Worried a class might not count for credit? Submit the A&S Gen Ed/MAPS Evaluation Request Form found on the Submitting Courses for Evaluation page if you are considering taking a class that looks like it might not be eligible for CU credit.

Internships, Service-Learning & Independent Study Courses

Some classes that you take abroad may be customized to your interests and experiences. In these cases, courses usually will not receive a blanket approval from the campus because your experience and learning outcomes from the course could be very different from another student taking the same class. See below for what these kinds of classes are and how the credits may come back to CU if you take one of these classes.

See the Internships page for full details on all your internship options.

  • CU Boulder Global Internships: While you intern abroad you are enrolled in a CU Boulder course that complements the internship and a CU Boulder faculty member teaches the academic coursework remotely. You receive a letter grade for the course you complete and you can work with your academic advisor to determine what degree requirements the course can fulfill.

  • All other internships: An academic department at CU Boulder must approve your internship in order for you to earn CU Boulder academic credit for this course (some students decide to complete internships not-for-credit).

    • A&S students: by default, your internship course will apply towards your general/overall degree hours (towards graduation). It will not count towards your A&S total hours nor your major-specific hours unless you get additional approval from your major department by submitting the Internship Credit Approval Form.

    • All other majors/degrees: connect with your academic department or college regarding your internship plans and complete the Internship Credit Approval Form. If you do not complete and submit the Internship Credit Approval Form or the internship is not approved, you will not receive credit for your internship. Not receiving credit for your internship could mean you are under-enrolled as a full-time student while abroad, which could impact your financial aid and scholarships back at CU.

Credit earned on CU Boulder education abroad for service-learning and independent study courses are recorded as general elective credit only unless approved by your department for specific major credit. Note that some departments restrict the use of service-learning and independent study courses toward meeting major requirements. Use the Major, Minor, Certification Evaluation Form if you'd like your department to evaluate one of these kinds of courses.