In preparation for study abroad, students need to seek pre-approval of their intended courses from the chair or designee of the department(s) for which they wish to receive credit. (The only exception are the W&M faculty-led summer, La Plata and Sevilla semester programs, for which students do not need course pre-approval as the courses will have already been approved.)
To obtain department pre-approval, you must fill out a Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form (.pdf) and take it to the appropriate department chairs or designees for their signature. You must also submit a detailed descriptions of your intended courses and a copy of your W&M transcript or Degree Works printed from myWM. Be aware that certain departments have special requirements and regulations for credit approval and/or may only issue post-approval of course credit.
Please allow sufficient time for faculty approvals. It may take up to two or three weeks to obtain approval. Pre-approval forms do NOT need to be turned into the Global Education Office by the registration/application deadline. It is recommended that you do submit them before you leave campus the semester prior to studying abroad. Before submitting them please make a copy or take a picture so you have it for reference while abroad.
Once completed, return the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form to the Reves Center.