On the Academics pages you will find information regarding Course Equivalencies, Grade Conversions, Credit Transfer, Course Approval, and the Academic Planning Form.
These resources will help you transfer the credits you earn on study abroad to ISU. Please note that the Academics information is updated each semester to reflect new classes.
You should meet with your Academic Advisor to determine your plan of study and what courses you have available to take during your time abroad.
Not all classes are going to be available at each location and each major has different flexibility in their plans of study. It's important to speak with your Academic Advisor and determine when is a good time for you to study abroad for a semester or summer and what classes may be better to take abroad.
Having an idea of your plan of study and/or the types of classes you are hoping to take abroad before you meet with a Study Abroad Advisor, allows our office to better assist you in determining which programs are a better fit for you.
Questions to ask your Academic Advisor and/or Study Abroad Advisor:
Course Equivalencies are lists of courses that have been offered at the host institution and show the ISU course equivalent you may receive, if any. Course Equivalencies vary depending on the host institution or program.
Grade Conversions provide information on how the grading scale at an international institution compares to the ISU grading scale. Because higher education systems vary by country, it cannot be guaranteed that your host institution utilizes the same grading scale as ISU. You should familiarize yourself with the host university system before the start of your program.
All courses taken while studying abroad on an Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) approved program will earn ISU credit. All credits earned abroad will be applied towards your ISU cumulative GPA. No classes may taken for credit/no credit.
Complete an Academic Planning Form to ensure the courses you take abroad will receive ISU credit.
ISU uses a grading system where most classes are worth 3-4 credit hours per class. However, this is not always applicable to universities abroad, as they may use a different system for measuring credits.
You should familiarize yourself with the host university system while searching for classes. It is your responsibility to ensure you are registered for the equivalent of ISU full time student status while abroad. Learn more about each host university's credit system.
Course Equivalencies sheets are updated every semester and provide a great resource for researching class options. However, it is strongly advised that you look at the course offerings found on the host university website to fine the most up to date date listing of classes and schedules. (Links to each university’s website can be found on the program specific pages.)
If the host institution offers a course that is not listed on the Course Equivalencies sheet, you may still receive credit for that class. You will need to work with your Study Abroad Advisor and/or Academic Advisor to articulate the course for ISU credit.
*All General Education (Gen Ed) course requests MUST go through the ISU Study Abroad Office*