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Ensure Academic Credit


It’s up to you to make sure that your department gives you credit for the classes you complete at your international university. The burden is upon you to complete a Course Approval Form and know how or if the credit will apply toward your degree. Take care of this before you leave.


If you choose a program that Ole Miss actually runs or sponsors, this step is easy. Your grades and credit will be assigned as if you were studying at Ole Miss. Make sure that this is the case, however, and find out if you’ll have to bring transcripts, course syllabi, or other documents back home with you.


If you’re going on a program not run or sponsored by Ole Miss, double-check that you’ll be able to receive credit for the courses you complete while abroad. You should check to see if your grades will transfer—in some cases they don’t and only a pass/fail indicator will show up. If you’re not certain, ask a Study Abroad Advisor—chances are, he or she has worked with your host institution before and knows what needs to happen. Understand in detail what documentation you’ll need to provide from the international institution to transfer credit and how many copies of what you’ll need to send to whom and by when. Write this down somewhere your eyes visit often.


Next, you’re going to have to make sure that the required documentation gets sent. Contact your study abroad advisor overseas, preferably before you begin your journey, and find out what red tape you’ll have to go through to request official proof of your academic accomplishments. Make sure that Ole Miss has the right contact information for both you and the Study Abroad Office—things can come up and it’s a good idea to stay in touch.


Remember that not all countries grade academic work using A’s and B’s, and many use their own unique systems. Make sure you understand what your grades abroad mean and what scale will be used to integrate them into your transcript at Ole Miss.

 

 

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