Study Abroad Credits and Transfer Credits

NC State students receive transfer credits for study abroad exchange, direct enroll, and non-NC State programs. This process is outlined below. Students studying on most group programs, including most summer programs with NC State faculty, will receive NC State credits and grades for study abroad courses, so these steps are not necessary.

Prior to Departure

  1. Students complete the Course Approval Form with the academic unit(s) to:
    1. outline NC State course equivalencies, and
    2. determine how courses will fulfill degree requirements and fit into the degree audit.

Note: the signed course approval form will be uploaded to each student’s NC State study abroad application page.

While Abroad

  1. Students must, request approval from the relevant academic department and college for any courses not previously approved in the course approval form (completed course approval forms are uploaded to each students NC State study abroad application page),
    1. submit the enrollment verification form, and
    2. ensure that the host university will send an official transcript to the Study Abroad Office at the end of the program.

Note: in order to receive transfer credits at NC State, undergraduate students must receive the equivalent of a C- or better.  Courses cannot be taken pass/fail.

Upon Return

  1. The Study Abroad Office will let students know when their transcript has arrived:
    1. students will be required to take the transcript to their college coordinator, along with the course approval form and course syllabi for any courses not previously approved for processing;
    2. the student’s college will work with University Admissions to put the courses on his/her NC State transcript; and,
    3. students will need to meet with their academic advisor and department to ensure that transfer courses are applied appropriately to your degree audit through course substitutions, if necessary.

Transfer credits and how courses fulfill degree requirements are under the purview of the academic unit. The Study Abroad Office works to facilitate the process, but decisions are made by the academic units.  It may take up to three months to receive the transcript from the international institution.  Additionally, if courses have not been previously approved by the academic unit, the transfer credit process may take longer.