Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

Requesting Study Abroad Course Evaluations

How to Request Study Abroad Course Evaluation
for SCU Major, Minor, or Core Curriculum Requirements

If a course does not appear on the Database of SCU Study Abroad Equivalencies follow the procedure below to request an evaluation. Students must request evaluations for both Core and Major or Minor equivalencies separately if they need a class to fulfill both Core and Major or Minor requirements.

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: Edit and Email the message below to the Director of the Core Curriculum Undergraduate Studies (core@scu.edu):

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

Text:  Dear Director of Core Curriculum,

I am writing to request an evaluation of a course that I would like to take while participating in SCU Study Abroad in (TERM and YEAR).  I have searched the Database of SCU Study Abroad Equivalencies and this class is not included there. I am providing the following information to facilitate your evaluation.

  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. Syllabus: Attach a file or include a link to the full syllabus

Thank you for taking the time to evaluate this class.  Please include the Director of Study Abroad, Dr. David Wick, in your reply and he will add your evaluation to the Database of SCU Study Abroad Equivalencies.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Sincerely,

(FULL NAME, MAJOR, and GRADUATION CLASS)

Step 3: The Director of the Core Curriculum will evaluate and notify you and the Director of Study Abroad of their assessment of your request.


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:Edit and Email the message below to the chair of the department at Santa Clara from which you are requesting course evaluation.

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

Text: Dear Professor (DEPARTMENT CHAIR NAME),

I am writing to request an evaluation of a course that I would like to take while participating in SCU Study Abroad in (TERM and YEAR). I believe that this class could support my (MAJOR/MINOR). I have searched the Database of SCU Study Abroad Equivalencies and this class is not included there.  I am providing the following information to facilitate your evaluation.

  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. Syllabus: Attach a file or include a link to the full syllabus

Thank you for taking the time to evaluate this class. Please include the Director of Study Abroad, Dr. David Wick, in your reply and he will add your evaluation to the Database of SCU Study Abroad Equivalencies.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Sincerely,

(FULL NAME, MAJOR & MINORS, and GRADUATION CLASS)

Step 3: The chair of the department will evaluate and notify you and the Director of Study Abroad about of their assessment of your request.

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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