The Program in Africana Studies requires, in addition to the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form, course syllabi for each, the number of contact hours per week and the number of weeks the class meets. For foreign language requirement courses, students are required to submit either a writing sample in the foreign language or a letter from the course instructor elaborating on the level of proficiency required in the course.
AMST majors and minors intending to count a course toward their major or minor must submit a course syllabus for pre- (or post-) approval. Non-majors seeking elective credit only should submit course descriptions to the Program Director of Undergraduate Studies for pre-approval.
Art & Art History
The Art & Art History Department will only issue post-approval of credit for courses taken abroad. However, students will need to meet with the department designee(s) to discuss proposed courses before going abroad. Students are also required to bring back all course materials, including syllabi, lecture notes, papers, exams, images of studio work completed, etc. for post approval.
Note: Photography courses taken abroad must emphasize aesthetics, rather than the technical side of photography. No credit will be awarded for courses in graphic design.
Before You Go
Prepare a tentative curriculum of courses you intend to take, along with some alternate choices in case last-minute changes occur in the course offerings. Make an appointment to meet with the appropriate Art & Art History department designee to discuss your course choices. Be sure to bring a completed Study Abroad Transfer Credit Form to your meeting; it will not be signed as no pre-approval is issued for courses in this department.
Soon After Return
Make another appointment with the appropriate Art/Art History Department designee to discuss the courses you took abroad. Complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form and bring it to your meeting, along with all relevant materials from your course. Once your coursework has been approved, bring your signed form to the Reves Center for processing.
The Classical Studies Department requires, in addition to the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form, a description of the program in which you are enrolling and detailed course descriptions for each course you intend to take, as well as syllabi for the courses, if available.
Request for transfer credit for study abroad may take two forms: pre-approval and post-approval.To obtain course approval for study abroad courses in Economics, you must meet with the designated coordinator in the Department of Economics who will forward his or her recommendation to the Chair of Economics. Bring a course syllabus for any course you wish the department to consider. A simple catalog statement is not enough. The syllabus needs to include a list of all prerequisite courses, a complete description of the structure and requirements of the class, and a thorough description of the readings. To qualify for economics credit, study abroad classes must have strictly comparable prerequisites as the corresponding economics class at W&M. Be sure to bring along a completed Study Abroad Transfer Credit Form to the meeting.Tentative pre-approvals are flagged on the form as "will only post-approve" since post-completion documentation has been deemed necessary for a fully informed consideration.
ENSP majors and minors intending to count a course for a specific degree requirement must submit a course syllabus for post-approval. Majors, minors, and non-majors seeking elective credit only may submit course descriptions to the director for pre-approval.
Film & Media Studies
Film and Media Studies majors and minors intending to count a course toward their major or minor must submit a course syllabus for pre- (or post-) approval. Non-majors seeking elective credit only should submit course descriptions to the department designee for pre-approval.
Students may not receive pre-approval for any internship courses completed while studying abroad. Any transfer credit will be determined through post-approval, and only after a full-time faculty member in the Government department has evaluated the written work associated with the internship.
HIST 299: History Courses Taken Abroad may be approved for history courses taught by non-William & Mary faculty at specific universities. Courses taken at the following universities do not require preview or post-approval from the Department of History. HIST 299 will be granted upon completion of the program and submission of the syllabus to the Global Education Office at the Reves Center.
- Argentina: National University of La Plata
- Australia: Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney
- Belgium: Veralius College
- Botswana: University of Botswana (CIEE)
- Canada: McGill University
- Czech Republic: Charles University
- Denmark: DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad
- England: Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Exeter, Kings College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, University College London, and Advanced Studies in England (ASE) in Bath
- France: L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille, Lille; Universite Lumiere, Lyon; Universite Paul-Valery, Montpellier III
- Germany: University of Munster
- Ghana: University of Ghana (CIEE)
- Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Ireland: National University of Ireland, Galway; Maynooth University; University College Dublin
- Italy: Florence University of the Arts
- Japan: Akita International University, Keio University, Kanazawa University
- Netherlands: University of Leiden
- New Zealand: University of Auckland, University of Otago
- Poland: Jagiellonian University of Krakow
- Scotland: Universities of Edinburg, Glasgow and St. Andrews
- Singapore: National University of Singapore
- South Africa: Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Western Cape
- South Korea: Yonsei University
- Spain: University of Barcelona
- Spain: William & Mary Sevilla Semester Program
- Wales: Cardiff University
All other courses must be pre- and post-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History.
Before You Go
You must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before departure to review planned coursework. In addition to the completed Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form, please bring the following:
- Current W&M degree evaluation report.
- Description of the program and institution where you intend to study; including the full name of the school and the names of any U.S. programs with which it is affiliated.
- Syllabi or descriptions of intended courses (including any prerequisites) as well as the number of contact hours for each course.
The Transfer Credit Approval Form will not be signed, as History does not pre-approve study abroad courses except from the universities listed above, but a copy will be placed in your files for review when you return.
Soon After Return
All students who wish to receive History Department credit from study abroad courses taken at universities other than those listed above must submit the following materials to the Director of Undergraduate studies after returning:
- Transcript (unofficial) from the study abroad program and/or university, showing grade in each course taken. (Students can obtain a copy of their study abroad transcript from the Reves Center for International Studies.)
- Syllabus for each course taken, including the number of contact hours.
- Course materials such as papers and exams (with instructors’ comments), journals, projects, notes, etc. (i.e., materials that provide a good overview of your work in the course).
- Current W&M degree evaluation report.
- Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form.
Credit will be assigned on the basis of these materials. Students should allow a minimum of two weeks for processing.
Interdisciplinary Studies is not a general source of credit for all courses tht are not approved by specific academic departments. For courses to be transferred with interdisciplinary credit it must be demonstrated that they have significant content drawn from at least two academic disciplines.
Students majoring in International Relations who wish to have Government courses taken abroad count towards a major must submit a completed Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form to Professor Rahman in Tyler 426. Professor Rahman can approve BOTH INRL and GOVT courses. However, if the course appears as ECON, HIST, SOCL or any other designation appropriate for an IR major, students should go to that department for approval.
The Mathematics Department requires, in addition to the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form, a description of the program in which you are enrolling and detailed course descriptions for each course you intend to take, as well as syllabi for the courses, if available. The description of the program and courses, and their syllabi, should be sent to the Mathematics Department contact for study abroad course credit prior to the student leaving to study abroad.
The Music Department requires, in addition to the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Forms, a detailed course description for each course including the number of contact hours per week and the number of weeks the class meets. Please note that credit granted for study abroad courses is almost exclusively elective credit. It is highly recommended to seek pre-approval for all music courses. If that is not possible, music courses will only be evaluated for post approval the semester AFTER returning from study abroad.
All students, whether they have received pre-approval or not, are expected to keep course materials (syllabi, reading lists, sample handouts, tests) since these must be submitted upon their return. Credit will be assigned on the basis of these materials. Forms and materials should be submitted to Washington 210. Students should allow a minimum of two weeks for processing.
- If you have already received credit for a course, either from W&M or high school, you cannot take that equivalent course abroad and get transfer credit. For example, if you fulfilled your language requirement either with high school classes or by taking college level 202, you will not receive credit for an intermediate level language course in that language taken abroad.
- In some study abroad programs, you will be required to take a placement test after you arrive. In those cases, you may need to have the course post-approved. Keep in mind that you cannot be given transfer credit for a course in which you have already received credit.
- If you are unsure which courses you will be placed in after you arrive, it is OK to list several courses on the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form.
- After going abroad, if you want to continue taking courses at W&M in the target language, you may be asked to take an exam to test your proficiency in order to register for higher level courses. This is to ensure that you gained the necessary skills to continue on.
- If a course taken abroad does not match the content of an equivalent W&M course, you may be given "elective credit." That is a decision that the designated faculty member will make after reviewing the course content.
- If you wish to count Italian language classes abroad - whether taken on a W&M faculty led or non W&M affiliated program - toward satisfying the College's foreign language requirement, you must pass a placement test with a grade of 75 or above upon your return (post approval). Study abroad credits will transfer as elective credit at the 100, 200 or 300 level. Pre-approval is not necessary for Italian courses abroad. If you are pursuing a minor in Italian and would like to complete some these credits abroad, see the Program Director for information on classes and programs.
Before You Go
In addition to submitting the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form, students should bring the following items to the Administrative Staff in Washington 210 before departure:
- Current (unofficial) W&M transcript of relevant coursework taken to date; highlight your major and the credits you have already received in the language/culture that you intend to study while abroad.
- Descriptions of the program and institution where you intend to study; this should include the full name of the school and the names of any U.S. programs with which it is affiliated.
- Descriptions of intended courses (including any prerequisites). Descriptions may be copied directly from a catalogue or pamphlet. The MLL department will need to know the number of contact hours for each course in order to pre-approve credit.
Soon After Return
All students, whether they have received pre-approval or not, are expected to submit the following materials to the Administrative Staff in Washington 210 for review:
Credit will be assigned on the basis of these materials. Students should allow a minimum of two weeks for processing. The approved study abroad form is then taken to the Global Education Office at the Reves Center for the credits to be placed on your student record. Seniors should make sure that any outstanding study abroad approvals are taken care of early in the fall semester.
- Transcript (unofficial) from the study abroad program and/or university, showing grade in each course taken. (Students can obtain a copy of their host institution transcript from the Reves Center for International Studies.)
- Syllabus for every course taken, including the number of contact hours, as well as relevant materials such as papers and exams.
- Current (unofficial) W&M transcript of classes taken to date; highlight major and credits already received in the language/culture studied.
- Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form
Students majoring in Neuroscience who are seeking transfer credit for courses in a study abroad program should complete a Study Abroad Transfer Approval Form. For courses that are similiar to specific courses within the Neuroscience curriculum, contact the appropriate department (BIOL, PSYC, KINE, CHEM, APSC) to seek transfer credit approval. For courses that do not have an obvious equivalent to courses within the curriculum, but are clearly Neuroscience courses, contact the Neurosience Director, Robin Looft-Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for possible credit toward the Neuroscience major.
The Philosophy Department considers requests for both pre- and post-approval credit for courses taken abroad, though in many cases lack of materials available before a student goes abroad will make pre-approval unlikely. Approval of either credit requires completion of the Study Abroad Credit Approval Form, which must be submitted along with a detailed course syllabus and (for post-approval) examples of work completed, such as lecture notes, exams, and papers. Students seeking either pre- or post-approval credit through the Philosophy Department should begin the process by contacting the designated departmental approver as listed by the Global Education Office at the Reves Center.
The Physics Department requests that students drop off the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form and course descriptions to the departmental coordinator listed on the form; students will be notified via email when the paperwork has been completed and is ready for pickup. Please either type or handwrite the approval form VERY clearly to ensure a timely return.
For pre-approval, email syllabi and Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form to the designated professor. For post approval, either email the designated Professor to set up an appointment to meet or leave materials in her/his mailbox in the Psychology department office in ISC room 1137.
The Religious Studies Department will only issue credit post-approval for courses taken abroad. Students must bring back all course materials, such as syllabi, lecture notes, papers, exams, etc., and submit them to the department chair along with the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form.
Theater, Speech and Dance
The Theatre, Speech and Dance Department requires, in addition to the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form, a description of the program in which you are enrolling and detailed course descriptions for each course. It is important that you provide the number of contact hours per week and the number of weeks the class meets.