Credit Transfer Process
Earning Credit towards Your Degree
The vast majority of Study Abroad programs will count as transfer credit upon your return to UNC. With careful planning with Academic Advising and your Study Abroad Advisor, you can apply this credit towards your degree requirements at UNC!
You must submit the Study Abroad Credit Request Form(s) for each of these transfer credit courses. Guidelines and instructions are included on your study abroad application page. Courses for which you are requesting different types of credit (example: Gen Ed and Major credit) must be submitted on separate forms. Please see below for more information about the different types of credit you can request.
Elective Credit (General Hours towards Graduation)
With a few exceptions*, almost all courses offered through approved UNC Study Abroad programs can earn general elective credit. Students earn the number of credit hours (or equivalent) towards graduation.
You must submit the Study Abroad Credit Request Form(s) for all of your desired Elective Credit courses. Up to three courses will fit on one form.
*Study abroad courses that focus on the production and/or marketing of alcoholic beverages will not be eligible for academic credit at UNC. This includes, but not limited to, courses that focus on Wine/Beer/Liquor production, tasting, and/or tourism. If a student chooses to take a course abroad that focuses on alcohol, the student must be enrolled in the minimum equivalent of 12 eligible UNC credit hours, in addition to that course, in order to remain full time enrolled during a semester session.
General Education Credit
Many students find study abroad offers a great opportunity to work on UNC General Education Requirements. Submit Credit Request Forms in advance to determine if they meet criteria for Gen Ed credit. The Study Abroad Office reviews transfer credit requests for Gen Ed credit.
You must submit the Study Abroad Credit Request Form(s) for your desired Gen Ed courses. Up to three courses will fit on one form.
Note: Students will earn the EE (Experiential Education) credit when enrolled in a UNC Study Abroad program and it is not necessary to include this Gen Ed on a Credit Request Form.
Major and Minor Credit
Courses taken abroad may also count toward your major or minor! The academic departments at UNC are responsible for reviewing transfer credit requests for majors and minors.
You must submit the Study Abroad Credit Request Form(s) for your desired major or minor courses. Up to three courses will fit on one form.
Prerequisite Course(s) Taken Abroad
A Study Abroad transfer/TREQ credit course can be deemed equivalent to a UNC course and fulfill an approved major, minor, or language requirement (for example, PSYC 245), but the course will never be treated as a UNC course within the Connect Carolina system. Even if a UNC equivalency was included in the approval, Connect Carolina and Tar Heel Tracker will not recognize the course as fulfilling a prerequisite.
Students need to be proactive with their academic departments when taking prerequisites abroad. It is up to the student to work with student services managers, instructors, DUS’s, etc. in academic departments to ensure the department is aware that the student has earned prerequisite credit. While many academic departments are aware of this issue, some may not be, so students must plan accordingly prior to course registration to ensure the department knows the student has taken the prerequisite course requirement.
The Study Abroad Office cannot assist students with getting into classes; however, we can provide evidence of whether a student’s transferred study abroad course has been deemed equivalent to a UNC course if needed.
Foreign Language Credit
Obviously, study abroad offers a great opportunity to develop your foreign language proficiency! Students can earn language credit toward:
- The General Education Foundation in Foreign Language (FL)
- A major or minor in a foreign language
- Foreign language requirements for a major (e.g. Global Studies)
Regardless of the type of credit requested, the specific language departments at UNC are responsible for reviewing ALL foreign language credit requests.
You must submit the Study Abroad Credit Request Form(s) for your desired Language courses. Up to three courses will fit on one form.
The Credit Request Form
Submit the Study Abroad Credit Request Form(s) online. Guidelines and instructions are included on your study abroad application page.