Academic Advising & Credit
Students may earn major and/or minor credit abroad but must consult with their academic advisor(s) about it during the application process.
Types of Credit
Students may earn CUI credit for courses taken abroad on CUI-approved semester or year-abroad programs. With explicit approval from their academic advisor(s), they may earn credit toward their declared major(s) and/or minor(s). The maximum number of CUI units that students can earn varies from program to program. Provided that the course a student takes (and passes) on the study abroad program is in a subject area offered at CUI, the student can earn CUI credit. By default, the credit offered will be elective credit if the courses are not approved for major or minor credit by the student's academic advisor(s).
Students in all CUI undergraduate schools are welcome to participate in the study abroad programs offered through the Office of Global Programs. Students who decide not to pursue major credit on an overseas program are encouraged to pursue credit toward a minor. In addition to foreign language and area studies minors, there are many minors for which students may earn credit while abroad.
Types of Coursework
All students are expected to include some coursework in their major or minor field of study and/or advancement of foreign language skills (whether or not for major or minor credit) in their study plan for their semester or year abroad.
Study Abroad Advising Record
As part of the application process, students are required to meet with their academic advisor to discuss major and/or minor credit for the courses they wish to take abroad, and jointly complete the Study Abroad Application. At that point, the advisor may pre-approve courses, tentatively approve courses, or not approve courses for major and/or minor credit.
While most undergraduate courses at CUI are 3-unit courses, the number of units per course at overseas institutions may vary considerably.