International Center Transcript Processing and Credit
Once the Off-Campus Study Program is complete, attention turns to receiving credit for the coursework. Most of what one must do should have been done before departure. Credit then will flow automatically and relatively effortlessly.
HOW TO RECEIVE CREDIT APPROVAL FROM CHAIRS & REGISTRAR FOR OCS
The first and most important factor in receiving academic credit from off-campus study is to choose a program of study that offers a fairly extensive offering of courses that one needs. A program that offers minimal "useful" courses, will force the student to primarily persue elective options.
Programs often ask for a preliminary list of courses. These courses should be those that you most want/need. But, this list is primarily to ascertain from the program's perspective that the student has realistic academic expectations from the program.
Begin now to complete (if you haven’t already) the Course Approval Form with more than enough courses listed and approved. There must be a correlation between the two lists. Almost all study abroad students need some 2nd or 3rd choices of courses to fall back on in case your preferred class is not available when you arrive for whatever reason. Make certain that the classes that are approved keep you within your graduation plan.
KNOW WHAT REQUIREMENT EACH COURSE WILL FULFILL
Know what requirement each course will fulfill and how many credits each will yield. Educational systems all over the world use credit systems much different from Wabash College. The standard against which to compare amounts of credit is semester hours. Whatever the foreign system, find the equivalency in terms of semester hours. Then, consider the following for each course: Wabash will award one course credit for each class of three semester hours or more. If the class yields only 2 semester hours, you will only receive 1/2 course credit at Wabash College.
Take the program brochure with course descriptions of the courses of interest to you, or print them from the web site, along with the approval form to your Department Chairs for individual courses in your majors and minors, and to the Registrar’s Office (Miriam Foster) for the rest – Distribution, electives, etc. http://www.wabash.edu/international/ocsforms