Courses offered on Temple study abroad programs are all courses with standard Temple University course numbers and are subject to the same guidelines, policies and approval processes as courses on Temple’s Main Campus.
- Temple students are advised to discuss the courses they plan to take abroad with their academic advisor. One part of the Temple program application is an academic advisor form. This form, available within the application, asks your academic advisor to confirm your course selection for the program is appropriate for your academic plan. Read more about consulting with your academic advisor or view a list of advising offices at Temple to know who you should speak to about your academic plan.
- Non-Temple students are advised to discuss their academic plans and verify the procedures for course approval and transfer of credits with a study abroad advisor at their home college/university prior to departure for the program. Read about accreditation, transfer of credits, and transcripts. Contact Education Abroad if you need to provide syllabi to your home institution for course approval.
Temple exchanges and external programs
When participating in an exchange or an external program, you will be taking courses at the host university or program. As these are not Temple courses, there is an approval process in place so that you will know ahead of time how your classes should transfer back to Temple.
Course approval process:
Prior to departure, you must complete the External Programs approval process. Part of this process will require you to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate your courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. For example, the course you take abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but these do not indicate the number of Temple credits you will receive for each course taken abroad. In efforts to ensure that you take a full course load, Education Abroad and your study abroad program can provide guidance related to course load. You are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as you can take, in the event that you need to change your schedule upon arrival. If you will be studying abroad for an academic year, you should do your best to anticipate the courses you will take in your second semester abroad. Your academic advisor will then review your list of approved courses and sign off on your course approval form before you submit it to Education Abroad.
Upon arrival, if you find that you must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, you may fax or e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until your return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all course you might take abroad on your External Program approval form.
After Temple receives your official transcript from your program, your approved courses that you passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on your transcript as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time.