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Registration While Abroad

Students who are participating in an exchange program with one of our overseas exchange partners are registered in SAP 1010 (Study Abroad Program 1010). Students who are participating in a study abroad program through a third-party provider or outside organization are registered in TSAP 1010 (Transient Study Abroad Program). Our office clears students to register in these courses, but it is the student's responsibility to register for them.

Registration in SAP or TSAP ensures that students maintain their active student status at Clemson and that no application for readmission will be required to return from study abroad. Additionally, students must be registered for SAP or TSAP in order to access scholarships and financial aid. Students must consult with the financial aid office to determine the availability of financial aid for their specific programs.

Students who are participating in faculty-led or directed programs will be registered in Clemson courses. Clemson study abroad courses must have 600 or higher section numbers. Students are registered in these courses by the appropriate departmental registration coordinator.

Course Equivalency Process

Students who participate in a Clemson exchange program or a third-party program will be transferring back credits (not letter grades) to Clemson University. These students need to ensure that the credits that they take abroad are equated to specific Clemson credits. This is done BEFORE the student studies abroad. Course approvals are completed in each department on campus, and students complete the Request for Approval of Courses to be Taken Abroad form.

All Clemson students (except those participating in Clemson faculty-led programs) are required to complete a Request for Approval of Courses to be Taken Abroad form. Students must take official descriptions of the courses that they are considering taking overseas along with the Request for Approval of Courses to be Taken Abroad form to the relevant department chairs or faculty advisers to determine the equivalent course at Clemson. See list of departmental faculty advisers.

Advisers and students can also use the International Transfer Credit Equivalency List (TCEL) to find approved Clemson equivalents for courses at foreign universities. “TCEL” is written in place of the form’s faculty signature for these courses.

If you are studying abroad through a third-party program, look up information about the third party provider’s transcripts, academic credit, and school of record. You can see if their accrediting institution is included on the TCEL or the Domestic Credit Equivalency List (DCEL). Occasionally, there are TCEL or DCEL listings for third-party accrediting institutions.

Department advisors may request more detail concerning courses taken abroad. In these cases, the student is responsible for obtaining course syllabi from the host institution or program provider. We recommend that students get more courses approved and equated than they will need to take while abroad in case of cancellations or scheduling conflicts after they arrive at their study abroad site. Please keep in mind that international universities may not have course descriptions like those typical in the U.S. and in some instances it may be necessary to list general requirements for which credit would be appropriate (e.g. Psychology 300 level/PSYCH 3**) and update the form once students have registered at their host institution and emailed their final schedules to their advisers.

The academic adviser must also sign the form. After the form is completed, it should be returned to the Study Abroad Office.

If a student switches courses after he/she arrives overseas he/she may contact his/her Study Abroad Adviser for assistance. We also recommend that students get in touch with their academic adviser for guidance.

CBBS Course Equivalency Policy

For upper level undergraduate business courses (300- and 400-level courses with the rubrics of ACCT, BUS, ELE, FIN, LAW, MGT, and MKT), transfer credits will only be accepted from AACSB International and/or EQUIS accredited institutions. Transfer credits from non-US institutions that do not hold either accreditation may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

If a student selects to study in a program that does not meet these guidelines, he or she will need to meet with Sallie Turnbull, International Programs Coordinator for CBBS, to approve the international institution and program. In addition, the student will need to provide the following:

  • A detailed course description or syllabus that includes the topics covered in the course
  • The number of contact hours and weeks of the course
  • Degree and department of instructor teaching the course
  • Information on how the student is assessed in the course

Credit Transfer Upon Return

After a student has completed his or her study abroad program, the host institution or program provider sends a transcript directly to the Office of Global Engagement. Transcripts may take up to three months to reach our office. Once the transcript reaches our office, the courses listed are matched with those on the Request for Approval of Work to be Taken Abroad Form. If all courses match, the transcript is taken to the Registrar's Office for posting on the student's transcript. If there are courses on the transcript which do not appear on the Request for Approval of Work to be Taken Abroad Form, then the student is notified and must obtain approval for those courses.

No grades are assigned for transfer credit and work completed does not affect the student's Clemson GPR. NOTE: Different policies apply to transfer of graduate credit. It is the student's responsibility to check with his/her academic adviser and the graduate school regarding transfer of credit for graduate courses and other required forms. See graduate school academic regulations. An academic adviser can check on the status of an advisee's transcript at any time by calling the Study Abroad Office.

Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement

Undergraduate students at Clemson University must satisfy a general education cross-cultural awareness (CCA) requirement. This requirement may be met by completing a specific course from the list of approved CCA courses or through an international experience. The list of approved CCA courses may be found on the Undergraduate Studies webpage listing of general education courses.

Policy for Satisfying the General Education Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement Through an International Experience

Reviewed and Approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee on May 4, 2007

Clemson University strives to produce informed and productive citizens who are broadly educated and technically skilled. Students require a high level of knowledge about and competence in the following areas: communication, computer use, mathematics, problem solving, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. Thus the mission of general education is to provide Clemson undergraduate students with a structured base through which these needs can be met.

One of the general education requirements for Clemson undergraduates is Cross-Cultural Awareness (CCA). The CCA requirement may be met in one of two ways:

  1. Successful completion of a specific Clemson University course from the list of approved CCA courses
  2. Through a University approved cross-cultural experience.

The latter method for meeting the CCA requirement includes participation in an international experience. This policy explains how students may satisfy the general education CCA requirement through an international experience. In some instances, individual departments or majors may have additional requirements related to cross cultural experiences and/or courses or credit hours, and it is the student's responsibility to satisfy those requirements based on their individual curriculum.

An international experience will fulfill the CCA requirement if it satisfies either I.(a) or I.(b) below, and the student submits a satisfactory report as required in (II).

  1. The international experience is either a:
    1. (a) study abroad, internship, research, or service-learning program, or some combination of these of at least 3 months duration; or
    2. (b) other type of international program of shorter duration (e.g., summer programs) which incorporates specific features (e.g., home-stays in a foreign language environment, a structured activity addressing intercultural issues, etc.) designed to intensify the cross-cultural experience. Shorter programs must be a minimum of four weeks in duration.
  2. To fulfill the CCA requirement based on an international experience, the student must be enrolled in the IS 1010 course and must submit a report following the experience that addresses the impact of the international experience on cross-cultural awareness.

Enrollment and Approval Process

Students who wish to enroll in IS 1010 in order to satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness requirement must complete the online registration form. The Study Abroad Office will provide the CRN code for students to enroll themselves in IS 1010 for the semester the student returns to Clemson. IS 1010 is a zero credit hour course.

To receive a grade of "P" (passing) in IS 1010, students must submit a report about their study abroad experience through Blackboard to the Study Abroad Office for review and approval. If the student's report is approved, then the student will receive a grade of "P" (passing) in IS 1010.