Course Approval and Credit Transfer Process

Course approvals and academic scheduling are very important for a successful study abroad experience. The following information will guide you through the academic procedures required to receive credit for the courses you take on a study abroad program.

College-Specific Course Approval Contacts

Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

All Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences majors are required to work with the College of Arts and Sciences Records Office located in Sensenbrenner Hall 103. Prior to your study abroad experience, the records office will approve your course selection and determine the Marquette equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad.

Pre-health Professions: Please note that graduate school entrance exams and interviews may influence when you decide to study abroad.

View recommended programs for Arts and Sciences majors.

The course approval process can take some time, so please plan accordingly.

College of Business Administration

All College of Business Administration students are required to meet with Doug Smith, director of international business programs. He will coordinate your curriculum requirements with your adviser and department chairs. However, discussing your study abroad plans with your adviser is encouraged.

You will complete the course approval form with Doug Smith. View more information on how to obtain course approvals. If you have specific questions, please email Doug Smith directly.

The course approval process can take some time, so please plan accordingly.


After Approval

Transcripts for programs administered by the College of Business Administration will be sent to the Office of International Business Studies and processed automatically (i.e., students do not need to make any special arrangements to obtain their transcripts).

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication

All J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication students are required to work with Sue Clinton, director of student records and academic advising, in Johnston Hall, Room 114, on the course approval process. Prior to your study abroad experience, Sue Clinton will approve course selection and determine the Marquette equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad.

As a communication major, we encourage you to explore taking both major-specific and elective courses while abroad. View recommended programs for communication majors.

The course approval process can take some time, so please plan accordingly.

College of Education

All College of Education students are required to work with Tina McNamara, assistant dean for undergraduate advising and student services, located in Schroeder Complex, Room 146. Prior to your study abroad experience, Tina McNamara will approve course selection and determine the Marquette equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad.

View recommended programs for education majors.

The course approval process takes some time, so please plan accordingly.

Opus College of Engineering

All Opus College of Engineering students are required to work with Chris Perez, director of student studies and records, located in Haggerty Engineering, Room 280. Prior to your study abroad experience, Chris Perez will approve course selection and determine the Marquette equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad.

View recommended programs for engineering majors.

The course approval process can take some time, so please plan accordingly.

College of Health Sciences

All College of Health Sciences students are required to work with Michelle Schuh, assistant dean, located in Schroeder Complex, Room 244. Prior to your study abroad experience, Michelle Schuh will approve course selection and determine the Marquette equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad.

Pre-health Professions: Please note that graduate-school entrance exams and interviews may influence when you decide to study abroad.

As a health sciences major, we encourage you to explore taking both major-specific and elective courses while abroad. View recommended programs for health sciences majors.

The course approval process can take some time, so please plan accordingly.

College of Nursing

Nursing majors are required to work with their academic advisor, Marissa Delwiche or Julie Radford. Prior to your study abroad experience, Julie Radford will approve Dublin and Madrid course selections. Summer study abroad course approvals may be submitted to either adviser. You can also take UCCS courses or electives abroad. View recommended programs for nursing majors.

The course approval process can take some time, and nursing deadlines are often much earlier than other study abroad deadlines, so please plan accordingly.

Law School

All Law School students are required to work with Professor Alan Madry in Eckstein Hall, Room 202. Prior to your study abroad experience, Alan Madry will approve course selection and determine the Marquette equivalents of the courses you wish to take abroad.

View recommended programs for law students.

The course approval process can take some time, so please plan accordingly.

MU Credit: South Africa Service Learning & Faculty-Led Programs

Work with your academic adviser to understand the MU course requirements you have yet to satisfy and to make a plan for progress toward graduation. You must then discuss your plans to study abroad with your college course approval contact.

If you are participating in a Marquette credit-bearing program, you will receive Marquette credit directly just as though you were studying here on campus. Students on these programs should not complete the Course Approval Form. Grades will appear on the Marquette transcript and will be calculated into a your overall Marquette GPA. To determine how these courses will apply to degree requirements, you must still work with your academic adviser.

You are not permitted to audit courses abroad and must receive a letter grade for each course.

Transfer Credit: All Other Programs

Work with your academic adviser to understand the MU course requirements you have yet to satisfy and to make a plan for progress toward graduation. You must then discuss your plans to study abroad with your college course approval contact.

To receive transfer credit, you must be accepted to study abroad by Marquette. All courses taken on study abroad programs must then be approved by the appropriate college's course approval contact as listed in the links above. Approval is indicated by the appropriate college representative’s signature on the course approval form.

When seeking transfer credit for a course to be taken abroad, you must provide the course name and basic course description to the appropriate college office along with the course approval form. You are responsible for understanding how approved courses will/will not satisfy Marquette requirements.

 

Program-specific Course Equivalency Lists

To assist you in determining potential Marquette course equivalents, each study abroad program webpage has a "Courses Offered/Click here to view" link (see example image below). These links will take you to Program Course Equivalency pages that list courses offered on that program and the corresponding Marquette course equivalents. Courses found online must still be pre-approved by completing the above Course Approval Form. Also, these Program Course Equivalency lists are not comprehensive. These are living course lists and are being edited every semester, and not all courses taught abroad have been evaluated to determine the Marquette equivalent course. Students can still request pre-approval and take courses that are not yet listed online.

Picture of the course equivalency link for the Mahidol University International College program

Credits from study abroad programs will transfer, but grades will not be incorporated into your Marquette GPA. Completed courses will appear in the transfer credit section of the student transcript. Courses not approved through the appropriate channels will NOT transfer.

The course approval form must be submitted prior to departure. However, enrollment in selected courses is not guaranteed. If course offerings change upon arrival in country, you can obtain approval for additional courses by working via email with your college course approval contact.

Transfer credit is guaranteed based on the following:

  • The course has been approved.
  • You earn an equivalent passing grade or better. Pass/fail courses will NOT transfer. You are responsible for confirming that the study abroad program awards letter grades.
  • An official program transcript is sent to the Marquette Office of the Registrar. Certificates of attendance or completion do NOT meet the requirements for credit transfer.
  • You are NOT permitted to audit courses abroad.

Credit Hours

Credit hours and grading systems at institutions abroad vary greatly. Not all credit hours are a one-to-one match. For example, ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) are a two-to-one match, so eight ECTS credit hours are equivalent to four Marquette credit hours. Likewise, the equivalent passing grade or better varies by country. Program specifics will be discussed during your pre-departure orientation or can be obtained by contacting your study abroad coordinator.

 

Study Abroad Transcripts

An official transcript of credit must be sent DIRECTLY to the Office of the Registrar by your study abroad program.

FedEx/UPS:
Office of the Registrar
Marquette University
Zilber Hall
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 288-4000

U.S. Postal Service:
Office of the Registrar
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone:  (414) 288-4000