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Study Abroad Courses and Credits

Courses and Credits Abroad
  1. With approval, students may take any elective or required courses abroad.
  2. Students will receive one diversity requirement credit per semester abroad. The requirement may be assigned to any course.
  3. Writing intensive courses are rarely taken abroad; approval must come from the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for (W) courses.
  4. Students must earn at least the equivalent of a "C"  and have the course(s) approvedi n order for credits abroad to be applied to their University of Scranton record.
  5. Transfer credits earned at an international institution through the Study Abroad Program are exempt from the limits for transferring credit once matriculating at the University of Scranton.  In addition the Study Abroad credits will count towards the residency requirement.
  6. Credit values of courses taken abroad can vary in value. It is not unusual that courses are have values of 1.5, 4 or even 5 semester hours. In such cases, the credits are applied in such a way as to fill required areas. For example, two 1.5 credit courses would fill a 3 credit elective area and a 5 credit course would fill a 3 credit course in addition to having the remaining 2 credits applied to an appropriate elective area.
  7. Students may, with permission take courses abroad not offered at the University of Scranton. For example, students in the past have taken language courses such as Korean, Hindi, Kiswahili and Dutch and used the credits earned to fill humanities or free elective requirement. 
  8. Courses abroad are approved in the following manners 
College of Arts and Sciences
The faculty advisor approves all courses and the Associate Dean of the college grants final approval for courses taken abroad. Exceptions to the process are major and minor courses taken for the Departments of World Languages and Cultures and Political Science. All language courses taken for major or minor credit must be approved by the Chair of the Languages Department and all Political Science courses taken for major and minor credit must be approved by the department chair.
Kania School of Management
All courses must first be approved by the KSOM Advising Center. All business courses must be approved by the appropriate department chair. Upon approval of all business courses, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will approve General Education courses/credits.
Panuska School of Professional Studies
All courses will be approved by the Assistant Dean of the College. Upon approval of courses, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will approve all General Education courses/credits