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Approving Credit

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.
All courses from study abroad can come back as elective credit, but receiving major, minor, or general education credit is also possible. Work with the articulation specialist in the academic department or college from which you are requesting credit, as well as your academic advisor, to approve courses before you study abroad. (Your academic advisor may also be the articulation specialist in some cases.)

If you're articulating your credit from abroad back to USU, follow this process:

BEFORE YOU GO

1. 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 pick courses, 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 Study Abroad 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 Study Abroad. 

(See the Course Articulation Process page for what you should do upon return.)