Course Approval Process: Advisors
Course Approval Process for Students Studying Abroad
1. Students will print out a copy of the Study Abroad Course Approval Form and will compete their portion of the form using the following guidelines:
On the left hand side of the form, you will list the courses you wish to take while you are studying abroad. You will need to provide the course number and prefix (if available), the course title (if in a language other than English you will need to provide a translation) and the credit value of the course as listed abroad - note that the credit value may be different than at the University of Scranton - if that is the case, the International Programs and Services Office can provide you with the credit equivalents).
In the middle of the form, you will identify where the credits earned abroad are to be applied at the University of Scranton (e.g. free electives, humanities electives, major electives, major requirements etc.).
2. The adviser will work with the student to complete the right hand side of the form. The adviser's role is to review and approve where the student proposes to apply the study abroad courses to their University of Scranton record and to determine what the University will call the courses taken abroad.After completing the left hand side of the form, you will meet with your adviser to complete the right hand side of the form.
The adviser will provide the appropriate University of Scranton course prefix, number and title of the courses taken abroad based on the following:
The course prefix will be determined by the content of the course abroad and where the course would best fit at the University of Scranton (e.g. if the study abroad course is a history course or has a history prefix, the equivalent prefix at the University would be HIST, if the course abroad is an art history course, the equivalent prefix at the University would be ARTH etc.).
If the course abroad is equivalent in description or content to a course offered at the University of Scranton, the course abroad will receive the prefix, number and title of the course at the University of Scranton.
Courses numbers for courses taken abroad that have no equivalents at the University of Scranton are determined by the combination of the approximate level of the course (100, 200, 300, 400) with the last two digits ending in 97 (e.g. 397). The last two digits indicate that the course is a study abroad course.
Courses taken abroad that have no equivalents at the University of Scranton will retain their original course title (e.g. a study abroad course with a prefix of H3409 titled The History of Castles in Ireland would be listed as HIST 397, The History of Castles in Ireland.
3. Form signatures: Please note the following guidelines with regard to the signatures required on the Study Abroad Course Approval form.
If the student has a single major, the chair of the home department must initial any courses that will be applied to the student's major.
If the student takes a language course the chairperson of the World Languages and Cultures Department needs to sign the form for these course.
If the student has a second major, the chairperson of the second major needs to sign the form.
If the student is in the SJLA, Honors or Business Leadership program, the director of the program needs to sign the form.
All General Education/College of Arts and Sciences courses will be given final approval by the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
4. When the Study Abroad Course Approval Form is completed and has the required signatures,the student must submit the form to the International Programs and Services Office. A study abroad application is not considered complete without the form.
5. The student is instructed to make two copies of the course approval form when complete; one for their records and one for their adviser.
6. If you wish to view the blank form, please go to the following page: Study Abroad Course Approval Form.pdf