The Catholic University of America

Earning Credit for Education Abroad

One of the most important reasons college students pursue study or internship programs abroad is because they allow students to earn academic credit toward their degrees. Getting credit is as important as selecting a program location.

You will not want to return to campus and find out that that credit for a semester's worth of coursework abroad will not be accepted by your home institution just because you did not have the proposed courses - and your particicipation - pre-approved.  CUA, like most US universities, will only accept credit from programs that are approved in advance.  Even if the program is offered by CUA, having the credit accepted and credited toward graduation is not automatic. 

The first step in getting the program - and your participation - approved, is to work with the CUAbroad office.  Follow these recommended Steps for Successful Planning.

Additionally, students should meet with their advisors to discuss what credits are required for their major. A list of faculty advisors can be found in the student handbook or in the School of Arts and Sciences


Credit and Grade Transfer Guidelines

Participation in credit-bearing overseas programs requires prior approval by CUAbroad. All courses taken overseas must be pre-approved for transfer.  It is the student's responsibility to request an official transcript to be sent to CUAbroad following the term abroad.
Courses and grades earned abroad on both affiliated and non-affiliated programs will be considered transfer credit and will be recorded as transfer credit on the CUA transcript by the Transfer Coordinator. As with all transfer courses, the grades will not be calculated in the student's cumulative G.P.A. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and a grade of C or better in each course is required for a course to transfer. Credits for duplicate courses will not transfer.
Credits earned on CUA's own and affiliated programs will not be counted against the number of transfer credits allowable toward a CUA degree.
Courses in the CUA in Rome semester, the London Parliamentary Internship as well as all CUA faculty-led programs - where students enroll in Cardinal Station - will continue to be considered resident credit and grades will be counted in the G.P.A.