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Academic Credit

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.

In the early stages of the planning process students should meet with their academic advisor to identify what type of courses should be taken abroad in order to maintain progress toward degree requirements. Once courses are chosen, students should use the "advanced search" on the Education Abroad website to identify potential programs in a particular field of study.

Once a program is identified, students must work with their academic advisor or department faculty to obtain course equivalency approvals in advance of the program. Students will need to provide the course descriptions, and sometimes the course syllabi, so that an academic advisor or departmental faculty member can appropriately review each course and complete the Education Abroad Academic Approval Form.

If a program offered by Education Abroad at UK is selected, students will receive credit for the courses successfully completed abroad. The Education Abroad at UK office will receive the foreign transcript (from an accredited institution) and add the courses onto the official UK transcript.