Academic credit is the basis for your study abroad experience. After all, it is study abroad, right? To ensure that your participation in your chosen study abroad program provides you with maximum academic success, you should work closely (and early on) with your academic advisor.
Study abroad academic credit is awarded for successful completion of your coursework while abroad. To receive academic credit you will need an official transcript from an accredited institution displaying courses, letter grades and credit amounts.
If you would like your classes abroad to count as specific UWM courses (or as upper-level electives), you can use the Course Equivalency Approval form (PDF).
Credit for UWM-Sponsored Programs
Students who participate in UWM-sponsored exchange or non-exchange programs earn UWM credit (not transfer credit), and the grades they receive abroad are factored into their GPA.
Students are registered in a placeholder that consists of Global 297 for non-exchange programs and Exmural 100 or Exmural 700 for exchange programs. The enrollments are completed by the Enrollment Coordinator once the student has been accepted and confirmed into the program. The placeholder enrollment allows the student to maintain full-time status and receive financial aid to use towards their study abroad costs.
After studying abroad, the Center for International Education receives transcripts from students’ host universities or programs, and their coursework and grades are posted to PAWS.
Credit for Non-UWM Programs
Students receive transfer credit for participation in non-UWM-sponsored study abroad programs and must register through CIE.
Students are first registered in Exmural 099, a full-time placeholder that allows students to maintain their status at UWM and allows them to apply their financial aid toward their study abroad program costs.
Students who participate on non-UWM sponsored study abroad programs MUST have their transcripts sent to the Center for International Education in order to be processed. How the student’s courses and grades are processed depends on the type of transcript that is received by CIE. Once transcripts are evaluated by CIE, credits and grades are uploaded to students’ PAWS accounts.
Course Equivalency Approval
What is Course Equivalency Approval and why is it important?
The course equivalency approval process is used by the Center for International Education and study abroad students to determine the appropriate equivalencies for coursework taken abroad. The course equivalency process gives students the chance to apply their study abroad academic credits toward their degree or certificate program requirements.
Steps in the Course Equivalency Approval Process
- Complete the Course Equivalency Approval Form (PDF).
- Make an appointment to meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Faculty Advisor to obtain equivalency approvals.
- Provide course descriptions and/or syllabi.
- Department Chairs or Faculty Advisors should indicate any appropriate course equivalencies and sign the form.
- A physical or digital copy must be sent to the appropriate Study Abroad Coordinator or be returned to the Center for International Education in Garland Hall 138.
- It is highly recommended that students keep a copy for themselves as well as a copy for their Academic Advisor.