Step 1. Meet with Your Academic Advisor
After reviewing the program options, meet with your academic advisor in your college or school. Inform him/her that you are considering studying abroad and discuss when would be the best semester to study abroad.
Questions You May Want to Ask Your Advisor
- What degree requirements do I have left to complete?
- What major/minor requirements do I have left to complete?
- Are there particular requirements you recommend I should/should not try to complete abroad?
- What are they? When are they offered? Pay attention to which semester particular classes are offered, if they are only offered in the spring and your Advisor recommends taking this class on campus, maybe the fall semester is a better semester for you to study abroad, or maybe you take that class this spring and then study abroad next spring etc.
- I would like to fulfill essential studies requirements while abroad. What do I have left to complete?
- When will I be ready to graduate?
- My study abroad program will earn transfer credit. How does that affect my academic planning?
- If I get abroad and I can’t take these classes, may I email you for guidance in making alternative choices?
- What do I need to do to follow up with you when I return?
Step 2. Select Coursework
Study abroad courses may be used to fulfill the following UND requirements:
- Essential Studies
- Electives towards graduation
You must maintain full-time status as a student while abroad. For spring and fall semesters students must take the equivalent of 12 credits. Summer programs vary. Students typically take three to five courses while abroad.
Scheduling courses varies by program. Most students will enroll in their course(s) upon arrival to their host institution, but since most of UND’s partner institutions have their academic catalogs available online it is possible to start selecting coursework prior to departure.
For some programs, you will be required to compile a preliminary list of course choices to include in your application. Please look carefully to be sure the course you are hoping to take will be offered during the semester you are planning to be there.
Step 3. Get Credit
Working closely with your academic advisor and department is essential in getting your intended coursework approved. It is up to the discretion of the appropriate department whether the courses you take on study abroad will count for equivalencies or electives, and it is your responsibility to make sure you are in communication with the department about what they will accept.
Getting credit for study abroad is a three step process.
A. Course Pre-Approval
Get Your Courses Pre-Approved
- Review course descriptions available at host institution and identify potential courses.
- Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss course options.
- Meet with appropriate departments to request course review to determine equivalency.
- Complete the Petition for Off Campus Credit form. Include the following:
- Name, student ID number
- Courses to be taken at host institution
- UND course equivalents
- Required signatures
- Courses for major or minor - department the course is HOUSED under (i.e. if your major is Physical Therapy and you want an Anatomy equivalency approval MUST come from the Anatomy Department)
- Essential Studies - Registrar’s Office (Twamley Hall)
- Electives towards graduation - Academic Advisor
B. Complete Course Work
Successfully Complete Your Course Work
- You will receive credit only for courses which you've receive passing grades.
- All courses must be listed on an official transcript from an accredited university.
- If your course plan changes after your Petition for Off Campus Credit form has been submitted you must notify the International Center and your Academic Advisor as soon as possible to request course pre-approval.
C. Transfer Credits
Transfer Your Credits Back to UND
Once you are enrolled in UNIV 228 or 229, you cannot graduate from UND until an official transcript and evaluation (if applicable) have been received and the credit has been posted to your academic record.
The UND Registrar’s Office treats credit from study abroad as transfer credit and follows the transfer credit policy outlined in the UND Academic Catalog. If your transcript is issued from a U.S. accredited institution (i.e. IFSA-Butler or the American College of Thessaloniki), the Registrar’s Office is able to evaluate it themselves. However, if your transcript is issued by a foreign institution, UND policy requires a third-party evaluation. The purpose is to evaluate both the credit and grading system as they appear on the foreign transcript and “translate” them into US grades and credits, as well as to verify the institution’s accreditation, if necessary.
You must follow these steps to transfer credits:
A. Request Transcripts
Before you leave your program to return to the U.S. you will need to request transcripts in English from your host institution for yourself as well as for UND. Depending on the program you attended the next steps will be different. Make sure you talk with your Education Abroad Advisor and your program advisor (if applicable) to determine how your transcript will be processed.
Exchange/Partner Programs and Provider Programs with Host Institution Transcript:
Send your transcript to World Evaluation Service (WES) to the address below. Be sure to contact your Education Abroad Advisor for your Reference Number.
By Postal Mail :
WES Reference No. 123456
By Courier : *
WES Reference No.
Provider Programs with US School of Record Transcripts:
Send your transcript directly to the Education Abroad Office.
ATTN: Education Abroad
2901 University Ave Stop 7109
Grand Forks ND 58202-7109
B. Complete a Foreign Transcript Evaluation (if required)
Please review the list of programs requiring a transcript evaluation to determine if you need to complete a foreign transcript evaluation.
The agency approved for this process is World Education Services (WES). The fee for the required course-by-course evaluation must be paid by the student. Education Abroad will charge your evaluation fee to your Campus Connection account at the beginning of your program. Contact Education Abroad for more information on fees. Education Abroad will facilitate the transcript evaluation process but it is the responsibility of the student to make sure the transcript is ordered from the host institution at the end of their program.
The process for transferring credit can take several months from the end of your program and the time your work appears on your UND transcript. Please be prepared to wait before you are able to graduate, transfer, or apply to graduate school.
In accordance with UND policy for transfer credit, your grades will be recorded on your UND record as they appear on the transcript from your host institution or transcript evaluation. This means that you will receive letter grades for your work abroad. Since study abroad credits fall under the general UND policy for transfer credit found in the UND Academic Catalog, S/U grading can only be granted by UND if it is granted by your host institution (with the exception of internships and student teaching) and you receive approval from your UND Department Chair. If you have questions about S/U (or pass/fail) contact your Academic Advisor.