Education Abroad programs are designed to complement the academic, graduate or professional goals of every student. Depending on the education abroad program selected, students can enroll in courses that fulfill major or minor, elective, foreign language, or UK Core requirements. Participating in Education Abroad will not delay graduation as long as students plan early and carefully. In some cases, studying abroad can help a student get ahead or catch up on his or her degree.
Types of Credit
There are two ways to earn academic credit while abroad. The type of credit earned is determined by the type of program that a student selects:
1. UK Credit
Students who participate on UK Sponsored and some UK Consortia: CCSA programs will be taught by UK faculty members. Therefore, students will be enrolled in courses at UK as if they were taking classes here on campus. The grades earned on these programs will be factored into a student's GPA. Because students will be enrolled in ISP 599 during their time abroad, students participating on UK Sponsored and UK Consortia: CCSA programs will not be charged regular tuition for the associated UK courses. Please see ISP 599: Study Abroad Course for more details.
2. Transfer Credit
Students who participate on a UK Exchange, UK Consortia: KIIS, UK Direct, or UK Partner Program will be enrolled in courses at a university or institution other than UK. A transcript will be generated by the host institution and the credits earned will be transferred back to UK. Transferred course credit can still be applied to degree requirements at UK. Grades earned through transfer credit will not be factored into a student's UK GPA and will not be visible on a student's UK transcript. Only the title of the course and number of hours earned via transfer credit will be visible on the UK transcript.
It is important to understand that selective admissions programs, majors, colleges and scholarships at UK may still use the transfer grades earned abroad when determining eligibility. Additionally, graduate or professional schools may require the submission of all original transcripts (i.e. the foreign transcript) in the application process for their programs. Therefore, students must still make every attempt to be academically successful while abroad even if the grade earned will not impact their UK GPA. Students may not elect to take a course on a pass/fail basis as those credits will not be applicable to a UK degree requirement. If a course is only offered pass/fail, the credit may be applied to a UK degree requirement.