SMU Academics

SMUC Study Abroad Students

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Offered Courses

UW-Platteville Education Abroad's program at St Mary's University is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience at a British university.  Students may participate for one semester or for a full academic year, enrolling in 12 credits (4 courses) per semester.  All courses are taken alongside British and international students, and the available courses can be found on St Mary's University's website: http://www.smuc.ac.uk/international/study-abroad/modules-and-timetable.htm

Required Courses

All students studying abroad at St Mary's University through UW-Platteville Education Abroad are required to enroll in one of the following:

  1. a course that has significant course content about British life and culture.  Courses may be in the areas of art, culture, history, literature, media studies, or social science, and students can review the Recommended Modules to Fulfill the St Mary's University British Life and Culture document for ideas.  If students find another course of interest, they can e-mail studyabroad@uwplatt.edu to confirm if their course(s) of interest can fulfill the requirement.
  2. the Work Place Learning course.  This course includes a part-time placement in a workplace relevant to the subject discipline and career aspirations of the student, as well as attendance at class sessions and submission of coursework.

Credit Transfer

15 British credits is equivalent to 3 American credits, and the grades students receive abroad will be converted to the U.S. grading system of A, B, C, etc. based on the official transcript that is received from the institution abroad.  UW-Platteville Education Abroad uses the following conversion guide as a guideline, 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.

While all credits should be transferable, students should work with their academic advisor at their home institution to choose appropriate and beneficial courses from the St Mary's University curriculum prior to their semester abroad.  Courses that may fulfill specific requirements for major, minor, general education, or elective requirements towards an American degree must be approved by the appropriate person(s) at the home institution.  Please see the Academic Planning and Credit Transfer page for more information.

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