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Courses taken on SMU Abroad programs count as full SMU credit, not transfer credit.

  • Many semester courses have been pre-approved: reviewed and deemed to be of SMU quality by the academic department that owns the course. For a complete listing of pre-approved courses, see the "SMU Abroad Semester Course Database" tab above.
  • For semester courses not yet approved, there is a petition process that begins with the student requesting course approval. This process takes time and results in the course either being approved or denied for credit. In some cases, conditional approval may be granted; students can receive credit provided that they submit all course materials and assignments for review after the semester abroad.

Visit the "Course Approval Process" tab for information about how to petition courses for SMU credit.

Visit your program's website to view a list of the courses offered during the term you wish to study abroad.  

Please note that abroad courses may have pre-requisites. You should speak with the provider (ASE, IFSA-Butler, IES, etc.) or your SMU Abroad Advisor if you have questions about this.

SMU Abroad Semester Course Database 

The Semester Course Database provides a record of all courses on SMU-approved semester programs that are currently pre-approved for SMU credit. The database categorizes abroad courses by location, program/institution, and course title, and lists the SMU equivalent of each. UC Breadth/Depth are included if applicable.

Departments review course petitions throughout the semester. Once a department returns a petition tothe SMU Abroad office, it is reviewed by the Assistant Provost of General Education, then added to the database. Both approved courses and those denied credit are listed.

If the course you plan to take abroad is already listed in this database, do not submit a course petition. 

Please see important notes below about how to use the database!

 

Download the Semester Course Database here 

The Course Database is updated monthly.

Download the Semester Course Database for non-approved/preferred programs here

Please note:

  • Courses appearing in the database for your chosen program may not be available during the term you plan to study abroad. Check the website of your provider or university abroad for current information about course offerings.
  • The course database is a historical record. It should not determine your choice of study abroad program. Consult with your academic advisor and study abroad advisor to determine the best program for your academic and career goals.
  • Courses in red may need to be re-petitioned for approval. If you are planning for a future term for which applications are not yet open, please carefully check your course selection for courses that may expire before your term abroad.
  • Courses taken abroad are not automatically tagged with UC proficiencies. Proficiency requests must be filed with the Office of the University Curriculum. See the website for details.

Restrictions and Exceptions:

  • APHM/APSM: Courses are approved on a case-by-case basis. As such, none are listed on the database.
  • WLAN: Language instruction courses are not listed on the database because they are automatically awarded either WLAN 3311 or WLAN 1301. More information available under the "Course Approval Proccess" tab.

Course Approval Process 

 

All proposed courses must be petitioned for approval by the SMU Application deadline.    

When deciding what courses you would like to take while abroad, select twice the amount that you will actually take. You should have a backup for each course you want to take. This provides a buffer if any of the courses are not offered during the semester you hope to study abroad, or if your course petitions are denied.

Once you have made your selections, review the current list of approved courses on the SMU Abroad Course Database. 

  • If the course you want to take is already approved on the database, you will receive credit for the SMU course indicated. No further action is required and you may not petition the course to any other department.
  • If the course is not listed, you will need to petition it for credit. See the Course Petition Process below.
 
            Click here for the Course Petition Form

 

Click here to see Course Petition Contacts by Department


Course Petition Process

  1. Obtain the syllabus for the course. This can typically be found on the study abroad program or university website. For example, if you are applying to the IES Milan -Italy Today program, you may find syllabi on the program page of the IES website. If you are applying to study at Queen Mary, University of London via our partnership with IFSA-Butler, you may look for your syllabi on the Queen Mary website. Always start by checking the provider program page, as they will usually provide the most appropriate link and instructions on how to navigate course catalogs.
    TIP: The more detailed the syllabus, the better! Ideally it should include a reading list, how you will be assessed (papers, exams, etc.), contact hours, and information about the faculty member teaching the course.

  2. Complete Part I of the Course Petition Form. Please do not ask for specific credit (e.g., HIST 3340); this is up to the SMU department. When selecting a department, choose wisely. A history course should go to the history department, for example. Consult with your SMU Abroad Advisor if you are unsure.

  3. Attach the syllabus to the petition and submit it to the appropriate department. Refer to the list of Course Petition Contacts by Department to determine who should receive your course petition. Please attach the syllabus and petition to an email to submit the forms electronically, copying your SMU Abroad Advisor. Be sure to include a message and simple thank you in the body of the email.

  4. Return completed petition/syllabus to the SMU Abroad office. The department may do this on your behalf, but if not it is your responsibility to make sure the course approval or denial is reported to your SMU Abroad Advisor.

The petition process may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how busy the reviewer in the department may be.

Please see the "UC Request Process" tab for information about receiving UC credit abroad.

 

Course Petition Restrictions and Exceptions

      • APHM/APSM: Courses will only be approved on a case-by-case basis. As such, none are listed on the database.
      • CCPA: Courses must be reviewed twice: Before going abroad, such courses will receive the general elective designation of CCPA 2301. Upon returning from abroad, students may re-petition the course, presenting relevant coursework, and at this point may receive a more specific designation.
      • EMIS: The Lyle School of Engineering has determined that NO courses taken abroad will be approved for EMIS credit.
      • FINA: In addition to the syllabus, petitions must include 1) a typed statement from the student explaining how the abroad course is similar to the course he or she is seeking credit for, the CV(s) of the instructor(s) teaching the class, and 3) the Cox Finance Petition Form, available from the Cox advising office.
      • PLSC: All Political Science courses must be petitioned PRIOR to going abroad.
      • WLAN: Language instruction courses taken on semester abroad programs will be awarded WLAN credit only. No petition is needed, and such courses will NOT satisfy the Second Language Requirement. (Read more about the SLR on the World Languages website.) Language majors/minors seeking departmental credit for a course should contact the appropriate language advisor for additional evaluation of the abroad syllabus. Content-based courses taught in the target language may still be petitioned for elective credit; it is only language instruction courses that are subject to the above rule.


      Request for UC Breadth/Depth 

      Students who have studied abroad are encouraged to have their abroad courses evaluated for University Curriculum requirements. The form below allows students to request the evaluation of courses offered on SMU-approved semester study abroad programs. If interested in pursuing UC Breadth/Depth requirements, please discuss with your Study Abroad Advisor. The request process can be pursued before or after returning from a semester abroad, but there are requirements to be aware of.

      If pursuing this request process BEFORE a semester abroad:

      1. Make sure your abroad course has been approved for SMU credit and assigned an SMU course number. This must happen before proceeding with a UC request. 

      2. Check the UC website. 

      • If your course has already been approved for SMU credit, please check the list of "Approved Courses" on the UC website. If the SMU equivalent of your abroad course has already been approved for a UC Breadth/Depth requirement, you will automatically receive that Breadth/Depth. No further action is needed. You cannot ask for additional or different Breadth/Depth requirements. 
      • If you do not see your course on the UC website, continue to step 3 below.

      3. Follow the process below to have your course considered for UC Breadth/Depth.

      If pursuing this request process AFTER returning from a semester abroad:

      1. Make sure your abroad course already appears on your SMU transcript. This means:

      • Your semester abroad has ended and we've received your courses/grades from your study abroad program
      • All of your courses have been successfully approved for SMU credit and assigned an SMU course number (e.g. HIST 3340). This must happen before proceeding with a UC request.

      2. Check the UC website.

      • If your course has already been approved for SMU credit and appears on your transcript, please check the list of "Approved Courses" on the UC website. If the SMU equivalent of your abroad course has already been approved for a UC Breadth/Depth requirement, you will automatically receive that Breadth/Depth. No further action is needed. You cannot ask for additional or different Breadth/Depth requirements. 
      • If you do not see your course on the UC website, continue to step 3 below.

      3. Follow the process below to have your course considered for UC Breadth/Depth.

      • Complete the Request for Re-evaluation of Breadth/Depth form
      • Submit your original, signed form and all attachments to Frances Fisher, Specialist, Advising and Programs, in Blanton 216.  
      • Please allow several weeks for the review process. You will be notified when a final decision is made.

       

      Note: This process does not extend to Proficiencies and Experiences or Foundations.

      • Proficiencies can be requested AFTER you return from abroad using the Course-Based Proficiency and Experience Request form, available on the UC website.
      • Foundation requirements cannot be satisfied during a semester abroad except where already noted in the database. 

      Grades and Credit

      Courses taken on SMU Abroad programs count as full SMU credit, not transfer credit. All courses taken abroad must be approved for SMU credit. The grades you earn on SMU Abroad programs will appear on your transcript and will be factored into your SMU cumulative GPA. Courses taken on SMU Abroad semester programs may not be taken for "No Credit" or as "Pass/Fail." The only exception to this policy is for courses designated by SMU's academic departments with No Credit or Pass/Fail as their only grading basis option.

      Please click here to access the Semester Academic Contract signed by students as part of the SMU Abroad application.