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Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database

The course equivalency database contains study abroad courses that have been requested for evaluation at SCU and listed courses may be from either Fall, Winter, Spring, OR Summer term. The course equivalency database is not a listing of ALL available courses on a program. Please also be aware that academic departments at SCU may be obliged to alter or eliminate course equivalencies for study abroad courses described at any time due to curricular changes within the department. Always be sure to discuss you proposed study abroad coursework with your Faculty Advisor prior to moving forward in the study abroad process.

  • Learning Objectives: Students, prior to requesting a course approval to satisfy a Core Requirement you should consult the Undergraduate Core Curriculum Guide and confirm that the study abroad course meets the learning objections of the Core requirement being requested.
  • Religious Studies: Only the 2nd of the three RTC Core requirements can be satisfied with a course completed through study abroad. Students admitted as freshmen must complete the three RTC courses in sequence, and RTC 3 only counts for the Core after the student has completed 88 units. Transfer students who matriculate with 44 or more units complete any two RTC requirements in any order.
  • Diversity: The SCU Core Diversity requirement deals with US Domestic multiculturalism. Courses abroad that deal with global diversity, rather that US domestic multiculturalism, do not meet the SCU Core Diversity requirement.
  • Pathways: Only one study abroad course can count toward a Pathway.
    ELSJ
    To earn ELSJ credit students must engage directly with the end clients of the community organization as part of the service learning experience and have direct contact with the community.
  • Second Language: Students taking a first year language course in its country of origin on a SCU approved study abroad program can receive credit towards their Core second language requirement. If a language is studied abroad, but not in the country of origin, a student, when returning to SCU, can take a language qualifying examination. Students will receive credit according to the level of the course taken.  If students take language courses abroad equivalent to courses they have already taken at SCU, they will not receive credit.
  • Core Double Dipping: Integrations (ELSJ, Advanced Writing, and Pathways) can be double-dipped with Explorations Core requirements; except for engineering students who can double and triple-dip within the Core and only engineering students can have a course count as both RTC2 & C&I3.
  • Asian Studies: Asian Studies minor has a limit of no more than two upper-division courses in the student's major or three in any one department
  • Art History: Studio art or art history courses taken abroad may be applied to no more than half of the requirements for a major/minor in art history.  For majors, no more than three courses may be taken abroad to fulfill the five upper-division ARTH course requirements.  For minors, only one upper-division course may be taken abroad to fulfill the three upper-division ARTH course requirements.
  • The Communication Department will accept no more that two courses taken abroad for the major. Approved courses count as COMM electives. Lower division required COMM courses (COMM 1, 2, 12, 20, 30 or 40), COMM List A (theory), List B (media production), method courses (COMM 110, 111), and thesis/capstone (COMM 196, 197) cannot be taken abroad.
  • The Marketing Department will accept only one course taken abroad to count toward a Marketing student's major.  
  • Management: MGMT 80 students may request credit for the equivalent of MGMT 80 for courses taken abroad, however, students should note that most study abroad courses equivalent to MGMT 80 do not satisfy the Cultures & Ideas 3 requirement.  Internships and internship classes taken abroad cannot be counted as MGMT 198E.
  • Neuroscience: The Neuroscience Department will accept no more than two courses taken abroad for the major or minor. Exceptions will be considered only on a case by case basis.
  • Operations Management & Information Systems (OMIS): OMIS 105, OMIS 106, and OMIS 107 cannot be taken abroad.
  • Political Science: A study abroad course in POLI is most likely to satisfy one of the following requirements for the major: upper-division International Relations, upper-division Comparative Politics, upper-division elective in IR or Comparative. It is less common but still possible to take a Political Philosophy course abroad. Methods courses seldom transfer back to SCU. The Political Science Department recommends that you do not try to take POLI 99 (Political Science Research) or POLI 101 (Applied Quantitative Methods) while abroad.
  • Psychology: The Psychology Department will accept no more than two courses taken abroad for the major or minor. Exceptions will be considered only on a case by case basis.
    Sociology: The Sociology Department will accept no more than two courses taken abroad for the major and one for the minor.
  • Studio Art: Studio art or art history courses taken abroad may be applied to no more than half of the requirements for a major in studio art. Only one ARTH course may be taken abroad to fulfill the requirements of a major in studio art.   Studio art courses taken abroad may be applied to no more than half of the requirements for a minor in studio art.  ARTH courses taken abroad are not accepted for the minor is studio art.
  • Other: If you have questions regarding the requirements for your major or minor. Please contact your advisor or department for assistance.

All students participating in scu-approved study and intern abroad programs will earn credits and grades for their participation. Courses and internship placements that are not evaluated and approved for major, minor, or core credit will appear on SCU transcripts as general elective credit.

The Unit Conversions are as follows: 

Semester Units to Quarter Units

  • 1 US Semester unit = 1.5 quarter units
  • 3 US Semester units = 4.5 quarter units
  • 15 US Semester units = 22.5 quarter units

ECTS Units to Quarter Units

  • 1 ECTS unit = .75 quarter units
  • 30 ECTS units = 22.5 quarter units

ACU CR Units to Quarter Units

  • 10 ACU CR units =  4.5 quarter units
  • 50 ACU CR units = 22.5 quarter units

Many classes will come back as 4.5 quarter units.  You can still receive upper-division credit for a 4.5 unit class.  If you are trying to fulfill a unit NUMBER requirement, such as 10 units of upper-division Spanish, you may need to take more than 2 courses abroad to successfully complete that requirement.

Navigating the Database

  1. Please review the Course Catalogs listed under the Academics section of each program in the Study Abroad Portal prior to searching the course equivalency database.
  2. To search the database, enter information from the Course Catalog or program in the search box. 
  3. You may need to try several key words to find the specific course or program you are looking for. 
  4. If you do not see the courses you are interested in, please submit a course evaluation request for major, minor, or core credit using the instructions located beneath the course equivalency database. 

Requesting a Course Evaluation

 

Realistically, students can submit a course evaluation request for major, minor, or core credit before, during, and after their program.Most students begin working on these requests during phase 2 of the study abroad process (after they are officially nominated to a program). However, students can begin submitting requests before they start/complete an application. Our advisors recommend submitting a course evaluation for any course abroad not already approved in the course equivalency database as soon as possible, so you are confident in your course plan. 

*Quick Reminders:

  • We recommended you request approval for as many courses as possible so you have alternatives in case a first choice course is not available.
  • You are not required to take the courses you got approved, but you should always work to ensure the courses you officially enroll in are approved. The Office of the Registrar will use the course equivalency database and the course evaluation form you complete while abroad to transfer grades/credits to SCU when your transcript arrives on campus.  
  • If your course(s) are approved for major, minor, or core credit this does not guarantee that you will get into the classes abroad. You will work directly with your program on course enrollment during phase 3 of the study abroad process (pre-departure & arrival). 

Step 1: Request syllabi and course descriptions from your program provider or host institution using the program contact list (scu login credentials required for access)

Step 2: Use the email template below to submit a course evaluation request. Course evaluations need to be sent to the academic department you are attempting to request credit in. For example, if you are trying to request a course evaluation for a Political Science course abroad, you will need to contact the Political Science Department Chair at SCU. 

  • Search Department Chairs 
  • Non-departmental Chair Contacts:
    • Interdisciplinary majors and minors: Contact the chair who oversees the requirement
    • Business and Engineering Core: Contact the chair who oversees the requirement
    • Marketing courses: Contact wshi@scu.edu
    • Economics courses: Contact salazzawi@scu.edu
    • English department: Contact pbrown@scu.edu
Email Template:
 
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 Study Abroad in (TERM and YEAR). I believe that this class could support my (MAJOR/MINOR). I have searched the Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database and this class is not included there.  I am providing the following information to facilitate your evaluation.
  1. Course title and description: (Enter the course number, title and description)
  2. SCU Evaluation Type Requested: (Enter the specific requirement for which you are seeking credit, e.g., major/minor/Core)
  3. Name of study abroad program: (Enter specific details on the study abroad program including the country name and organization)
  4. Term and year you plan to take the course: (Enter the term and year)
  5. Syllabus: (ensure that the Syllabus has a course calendar, prerequisites, a bibliography, information about the language of instruction, and a description of the assignments and assessments.  If you are unsure of how to find the syllabus/this information, please contact studyabroad@scu.edu. Then, attach a file or include a link to the full syllabus.)
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate this class. Please include studyabroad@scu.edu in your reply and the Global Engagement Office will add your evaluation to the Database of Study Abroad Course 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 or contact listed above will evaluate and notify you and studyabroad@scu.edu about their assessment of your request. All requests, whether denied or approved, will be added to the Course Equivalency Database.

Step 1: Consult the Core Guide on the Core Curriculum website to review the learning objectives for each area of the Core and determine whether your selected Study Abroad course addresses the objectives of a particular Core requirement. 
 
Step 2: Request syllabi and course descriptions from your program provider or host institution using the program contact list (scu login credentials required for access)
 
Step 3: Complete the SCU Study Abroad Core Equivalency - Request for Evaluation Form. Do not email core@scu.edu or any other faculty members on the Core Committee.
 
Step 4: The Director of the Core Curriculum will evaluate and notify you and the studyabroad@scu.edu of their assessment of your request. All requests, whether denied or approved, will be added to the Course Equivalency Database.