Course Credit from Abroad
Students participating in an exchange, third-party partner organization or Hessen need to complete a Study Abroad Pre-Approval Course Plan Form. Students should prepare for their meeting with their advisor by printing the course descriptions and any other relevant information (syllabi, number of contact hours, etc.) and ranking which courses they would like to take abroad. Academic advisors will be able to assess the quality of the course, whether UMassD credit may be granted, and whether the course will be applicable for graduation requirements. Once the course equivalencies have been established, students must secure the signature of the Chairperson of their major. The form must then be dropped off to the IPO (LARTS 016) for final approval.
While abroad, if the student's schedule changes they should be in touch with their academic department to secure approval and a course equivalency. Emails with such approvals should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student takes any courses abroad that are not listed exactly as on the Study Abroad Course Plan Form they will need to complete a Retroactive Course Approval Form that requires the signatures of their Department and College. By not having courses pre-approved, students run the risk of not receiving credit for their coursework abroad.
Study Abroad Grade Policy
Study Abroad credits are considered "in residence." Most study abroad courses receive a UMass Dartmouth-equivalent letter grade. Grades of C- or above earn the credit stipulated for the course on the student's Study Abroad Pre-Approval Course Plan Form. Grades below C- do not earn credit. Study Abroad grades do not affect the GPA.
The exception to the above grading system occurs:
- When UMass Dartmouth courses are offered abroad (either entire courses or portions of courses). In this case, regular UMass Dartmouth grading prevails for UMass Dartmouth students. Students may elect the P/F option as with any other UMass Dartmouth courses, following the normal P/F rules.
- When an exchange agreement of other curriculum requirement specifies that a course taken abroad will use the regular UMass Dartmouth grading system.
At the conclusion of the study abroad course, students will take responsibility for submitting a transcript or other official record of the results of the study abroad course.
Air Ticket Purchase
Generally, student air tickets are arranged and purchased by the student (for faculty-led programs, travel arrangements are coordinated by the university). Students may purchase tickets anywhere, online or through a travel agency. If you choose to work with a travel agency, STA specializes in student travel and offers some payment plans. For more information, telephone STA Travel at 1-800-216-7520 and ask about the "Book Now Pay Later " program.
All students participating in a study abroad program are expected to participate in a mandatory study abroad orientation presented by the International Programs Office near the end of each semester. Watch the IPO website ("Annoucements") for dates. The latest Pre-Departure Orientation Powerpoint may be downloaded here. View it on Firefox or Internet Explorer, in Slide Show mode and click on the live links.