Academic Planning and Credit Transfer

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NUFS Nagasaki, Japan
AUR Rome, Italy
USP Suva, Fiji
SAIIE Seville, Spain
SMUC London, England
UW-Platteville Education Abroad Study in China
SAIIE Seville, Spain

Course Section and Credit Transfer

UW-Platteville Students

Students must work with their academic advisor to choose courses for their term abroad and complete the International Study Course Approval Form (ISCAF) while they are applying for an education abroad program. Academic advisors can advise students on the best courses to take and how the credits can transfer back to fulfill major, minor, general education, and/or elective credit towards students’ degree with approval. To secure approval, some advisors and/or department chairs may request to see course descriptions for the courses students intend on taking abroad, and those course descriptions can typically be found on the website of the institution abroad or on the program provider's website. If more detailed descriptions or syllabi are required, please contact the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office.

For information on pre-approved equivalencies and previously approved course equivalencies, visit the UW-Platteville Course Equivalencies webpage.

Non-Platteville Students

Students must work with their academic advisor and education abroad advisor to choose courses for their term abroad. Most campuses have an "international study course approval form" or "study abroad transfer credit form" for students to complete in addition to any necessary paperwork to ensure credit transfer prior to departure. To secure approval, some advisors and/or department chairs may request to see course descriptions for the courses students intend on taking abroad, and those course descriptions can typically be found on the website of the university abroad. If more detailed descriptions or syllabi are required, please contact the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office.

Required Courses

Some programs require that students take a specific course or courses while abroad.  Be sure to note academic policies on the education abroad program provider’s website.

Course Load

Students must remain enrolled as full-time students while studying abroad or risk losing full-time status, facing loan repayment, etc.  For a semester, it means enrolling in at least 12 U.S. credits.  Most students take between 12 and 15 U.S. credits and it is a very manageable load as students are still making strong academic progress but do not face an overwhelming amount of coursework. In addition, some programs require that students do not take more than a certain number of courses or credits, so be sure to note academic policies on the education abroad program provider’s website.

The number of courses/credits required for short-term programs (winterim, spring break, or summer) will vary.  The education abroad program provider will typically outline the number of courses or credits students are required to take based on the length of the program on their website.

Credit Hours

Credit systems vary around the world, and below are some common credit systems and their typical U.S. equivalents:

Australian Units 10 Units 4 U.S. Credits
British Credits 15 Credits
20 Credits
3 U.S. Credits
4 U.S. Credits
European ECTS

1 ECTS
2 ECTS

0.5 U.S. Credit
1.0 U.S. Credit

Fijian Courses  1 Course 4 U.S. Credits

Please note that this chart serves as a general conversion guideline, as each institution abroad is evaluated independently.  In some cases students may receive a higher number of U.S. credits at the discretion of the UW-Platteville Education Abroad staff.

Grading System

The grades students receive abroad will be converted to the United States’ grading system of A, B, C, etc. based on the official transcript that is received from the host institution. UW-Platteville Education Abroad uses the following conversion guide, provided by World Education Services, in converting students’ grades: http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/index.asp

Please note that this only serves as a general conversion guideline.

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