Academic Credit Policies

When you participate in a credit-bearing program through UConn Experiential Global Learning, you remain registered at UConn and therefore may be eligible to receive UConn credit and grades. As early as your first year in college, you may discuss your plans for participating in a program with your academic advisor and how a program may fit well into your overall academic plan.

All courses taken on an approved Experiential Global Learning program receive UConn course numbers, UConn credits, and UConn grades, which appear on students’ transcripts. All grades are factored into students’ GPAs. Students cannot choose which Experiential Global Learning courses they would like to appear on their UConn transcripts, and which they do not want to appear.

Students participating in Exchange or Affiliated Programs must follow the Course Alignment process to receive their credits and grades from their program. Credits and grades from faculty-led programs are posted with no additional requirements on the part of the student.

Courses taken as a part of an Experiential Global Learning program fall into two categories:

  • Pre-approved courses include those attached to all UConn faculty-led Experiential Global Learning programs as well as courses in other programs that have already been assigned equivalent UConn course numbers and credits. Pre-approved courses do not require further approval. Once transcripts are received from the host program, courses and grades will be recorded on a student’s UConn transcript.
  • Courses that have not been pre-approved must go through the course alignment process to be assigned equivalent UConn course numbers and credits. This alignment process must be completed by the end of the semester after a student returns from their program. Once the alignment process is completed and transcripts are received from the host program, courses and grades will be recorded on a student’s UConn transcript.

Business Courses

Students who take Business courses on an Experiential Global Learning program that are pre-accredited as UConn School of Business courses (MKTG, MGMT, etc.) must meet all of the UConn course prerequisites in order to receive the UConn School of Business credit. Students who take pre-accredited Business courses, but do not have all of the necessary prerequisites will automatically receive BADM 2893 Foreign Study credit for their course.

Course Alignment

  • Students participating in a program during spring or summer have until December 31st of that year to submit all courses for alignment.
  • Students participating in a program for fall or winter have until May 31st that academic year to submit all courses for alignment.

Courses that are not submitted for alignment by the deadlines above will be listed as UNIV foreign study courses (with grades) on a student’s UConn transcript. If no program transcript is received, F grades will be recorded.

Dean’s List Eligibility

Some Fall or Spring term students have reported that they do not appear on the published Dean’s List at the start of a given term, even though their grades may qualify them for that notation. Although eligible students will appear on the Dean’s List eventually, UConn may not receive your host program transcript quickly enough or the Registrar may not be able to process your grades in time for you to appear on these published lists. If you are otherwise eligible, you will have this notation on your final UConn transcript. Please see the Registar’s website for more information on how you may qualify for the Dean’s List.

Grading Systems

Experiential Global Learning will convert Host Program grades to a U.S. scale after your program transcript arrives at UConn. Many universities have different credit and grading systems that vary from country to country, and therefore the number of credits that you take at a Host Program may be different from what you ultimately receive at UConn.

Honors Credit

If you wish to undertake Honors work while participating in an Experiential Global Learning program, you may propose a conversion project with the on-site instructor. Experiential Global Learning conversions require approval from the Honors advisor in the department approving the course for UConn credit and the Honors advisor in the student’s major department. Alternatively, you may work under the supervision of the Honors advisor in the course department-from a distance-to complete a conversion project for a course taken while participating in a program.


To receive credit for an internship, the experience must be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the Host Program. Before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

Online Courses

Students participating in an Experiential Global Learning program may enroll in online courses, but Experiential Global Learning strongly discourages this practice. You are participating in a program to immerse yourself in a new culture and to challenge yourself academically. Taking courses online can detract from this experience. Remember also that access to high-speed internet will vary greatly across the globe. You cannot assume that your host community will have reliable internet access.

If you still decide to take an online course while participating in a program, UConn will charge you tuition and fees for the course you are taking during the same semester in addition to any related Experiential Global Learning program charges. The UConn eCampus website has more information, including course fees.


It can take up to two months after the end of your program for your grades to arrive at UConn Experiential Global Learning and be posted to your UConn transcript. Host universities and programs do not necessarily operate on the same schedule as UConn does. Once the grades reach Experiential Global Learning, the staff will forward them to the Registrar quickly, but unfortunately Experiential Global Learning cannot predict when our partners will send them.

To process your grades, UConn must receive an official, sealed transcript or grade report from your approved host program. In most cases, programs send transcripts directly to Experiential Global Learning.

Please be sure to ask your host institution or program to send your transcript to the following address:

Experiential Global Learning

Global Affairs

University of Connecticut

368 Fairfield Way U-4207

Storrs, CT 06269

United States

If you receive your official transcript directly, please mail it to Experiential Global Learning or drop it off in person. Do not open your transcript, as Experiential Global Learning cannot process opened transcripts.