Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

Getting a Course Approved


How to Request Study Abroad Course Approval

for SCU Major, Minor, or Core Curriculum Requirements

If a course does not appear on the Study Abroad Pre-Approved Course Database, follow the appropriate procedure to request course approval.

For Study Abroad Courses that May Fulfill Undergraduate Core Curriculum Requirements

Step 1:  Consult the Core Guide on the SCU Core Curriculum website to review the learning objectives for each area of the Core.  Determine whether your selected Study Abroad course addresses the objectives of a particular Core requirement.  (Only courses with compatible learning objectives will be considered for SCU Core approval).

Step 2: Email the Director of the Core Curriculum Undergraduate Studies (core@scu.edu):

Subject Line: Request for Study Abroad Course Approval - Program, Term, Year, First Name, Last Name

Text:  1) Course title and description

         2) Core area you think course will fulfill

         3) Study abroad program offering the course

         4) Term and year you plan to take the course

         5) Attach a copy of the course syllabus from the study abroad program website


Step 3: The Director of the Core Curriculum will notify you whether the course is approved and copy the Record Analyst for Study Abroad in the Office of the Registrar.

For Study Abroad Courses that May Fulfill Major or Minor Requirements

Step 1: Gather syllabus and course description from the Study Abroad provider's website.

Step 2:Email the course syllabus to the chair of the department at Santa Clara from which you are requesting course approval.

Subject Line: Request for Study Abroad Course Approval - Program, Term, Year, First Name, Last Name

Text:  1) Course title and description

         2) SCU course you think course will fulfill

         3) Study abroad program offering the course

         4) Term and year you plan to take the course

         5) Attach a copy of the course syllabus from the study abroad program website 

Step 3: The chair of the department will notify you and the Record Analyst in the Office of the Registrar about whether the course is approved.


Further Tips:

  • Having a course approved for SCU crediting does not guarantee that you will get into a class abroad.
  • It is recommended to get as many courses approved as possible so you have alternatives in case a course abroad is not available.
  • You do NOT have to take the courses you got approved, but if you do, you know they are approved for certain SCU equivalence.
  • Your course approvals will be used by the Registrar's Office to transfer grades/credits to SCU when your transcript arrives on campus.

 
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