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Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database

Welcome to the course equivalency database for study abroad programs offered through Santa Clara University. Please 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.

Using the Database & Requesting Course Evaluations
Major & MinorRules & Regulations for Study Abroad
Asian Studies The 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

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.

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 in studio art.

Communications 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.
Marketing The Marketing Department will accept only one course taken abroad to count toward a Marketing student's major.
Management 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.
Neoroscience 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  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.
Other If you have questions regarding the requirements for your major or minor, please contact a Drahmann advisor or department for assistance.


CORERules & Regulations for Study Abroad
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
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.
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.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE** If students take language courses abroad equivalent to courses they have already taken at SCU, they will not receive credit.

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
    • Economics courses: Contact
    • English department: Contact
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 Then, attach a file or include a link to the full syllabus.)
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate this class. Please include 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.

Step 3: The chair of the department or contact listed above will evaluate and notify you and 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 or any other faculty members on the Core Committee.
Step 4: The Director of the Core Curriculum will evaluate and notify you and the of their assessment of your request. All requests, whether denied or approved, will be added to the Course Equivalency Database.
Navigating the Database

  1. Please review the Course Catalogs listed under the Courses section of each program in the Program Database 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 from abroad in the course equivalency database for the SCU course equivalent you are hoping for, please submit a course evaluation request for major, minor, or core credit using the instructions above. 

The course equivalency database is NOT a listing of available courses on a program. The course equivalency database is an archive of study abroad courses that have been requested for evaluation at SCU previously and listed courses may be from either FallWinterSpring, OR Summer term.