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Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form - Engineering Majors
Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form - Non-Engineering Majors

The selection and approval of appropriate courses will ensure that you stay on track academically and do not delay your graduation. All classes must be approved by a Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Evaluator in order for credit to transfer.
  1. Determine the classes that you need to take while abroad in order to fulfill your degree requirements.
    1. No more than 8 credit hours may be transferred toward the HASS Core Requirement.
    2. Students participating in Non-Affiliated study abroad programs may transfer no more than two science courses (max of 8 credits total) toward satisfying their Science Core Requirement.
    3. The Communication Intensive Requirement cannot be fulfilled abroad.
    4. All transfer credit limits apply for non-affiliated study abroad.
  2. Review Course Offerings of the host institution.  Pay attention to the semester timetable, as not all courses are offered each semester. Links to the course catalogues and timetables of all affiliated programs are available on each program brochure.
  3. Carefully review the descriptions of the courses that you wish to take abroad and compare these to the RPI equivalents for which you would like to receive credit.
  4. Pay attention to the specific course selection instructions that are available on each affiliated program brochure.
  5. Check the Transfer Course Guide to determine if any of the courses you plan to take have already been evaluated and approved.  Remember that pre-approved courses will not necessarily be offered each semester.  You must review the timetable of the host institution to determine what is available during your semester abroad.
  6. Complete as many forms as you need to have the necessary number of courses approved.
The transfer credit approval process is an important piece of the Rensselaer study abroad application. It is intended to both help students familiarize themselves with the academics at the overseas institution and to ensure that appropriate courses will be available to them so their academic progress is not delayed. It is important to note however, that a course approval does not guarantee that the course will be available, it simply indicates how it will transfer back if it is taken and a sufficient grade is earned. While students are not limited to taking the courses that they get pre-approved, it is in their best interest to make sure the courses will transfer back to Rensselaer as planned before it is too late to make additional changes to their schedule at the host institution. Students can continue to submit transfer credit approval forms even after Rensselaer's application deadline.