All majors at Drexel can study abroad. Students should still be aware that some programs are available to all majors, while others are designed for specific majors only. Some programs also have foreign language pre-requests. Before choosing a specific program, students should think about how the courses offered abroad will enhance their coursework and affect their anticipated graduation date.
Approve individual courses; approve individual courses for transfer credit; or merely acknowledge that the course of study the student has chosen is appropriate. We see our academic advisors as partners and as crucial to the application process. Academic departments have sole authority and responsibility for approving study abroad courses for Drexel credit. For any courses that they intend to take overseas, students will individually request course approval to their Academic Advisor using the Academic Pre-approval Form.
For more information about Course Approvals, please read the Guide to Course Approvals.
Equivalencies vs. Transfer Credit
When a Drexel student attends a foreign university through a Drexel sponsored study abroad program, their transcript reflects Drexel course numbers, titles and credit for the courses taken abroad. For some programs, the Study Abroad Office maintains an Equivalency sheet, which is a list of courses at the foreign university that have been approved for Drexel equivalencies. If the student would like to take courses that are not listed, they will need to have equivalencies approved by the appropriate department. For example, if the student intends to take a sociology course abroad for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department at Drexel must pre- approve the course and its Drexel equivalency. Academic advisors are important.
When a Drexel student participates in Independent Study Abroad (i.e. not sponsored by Drexel), the courses taken abroad will be listed as transfer credit on their Drexel transcript. In this situation, the academic advisor can pre-approve all courses and how the transfer credit will be distributed.
Grades and Transcripts
Students are taught and graded by faculty at the host university for all Drexel sponsored exchange programs. In this case, grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is for the student to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. Therefore, students should obtain pre-approval for more courses than needed to leave some flexibility in their course registration abroad. Upon completion of the program, transcripts from the foreign institution are sent directly to the Study Abroad Office for posting the pre-approved courses and corresponding credits on their Drexel transcript.
If a student attends a Drexel sponsored "free standing" program (such as Drexel in London, Summer in Prague and IAS Abroad), grades will be noted on their transcript and will affect their GPA.
If the student participates in an Independent Study Abroad (i.e. NOT sponsored by Drexel) grades will not be reflected on their transcript. The students' Academic Advisor is responsible for entered the transfer credit disbursement into the students transcript.