Transfer Credits from non-Boston University International Programs

Effective September 1, 2014

All Boston University students considering taking a non-BU course abroad for transfer credit are required to consult with the BU Study Abroad Program Manager for External Programs prior to applying for an international study program in order to determine if the program they have selected is acceptable under University policy. Transfer credit must be approved in advance. No credit will be given for courses that do not receive official BU approval in advance.

Boston University will consider students’ requests for transfer credit for courses under the direct administrative and academic control of a recognized degree-granting university or educational equivalent. “Direct administrative and academic control” means continuous oversight of both faculty hiring and curriculum. In most cases, it also means that enrollment in courses approvable for transfer credit is open to students enrolled in a degree program of the host degree-granting university. Courses that are not under the direct administrative and academic control of a recognized degree-granting institution will not be approved for credit transfer. Transfer of credit from programs or institutions that are unable or unauthorized to issue valid university credit or its equivalent will not be approved.

No more than two international summer courses intended to cover a full semester’s work in a single six-week Summer Term will be considered for transfer credit. No more than one course intended to cover a full semester’s work in a single four-week Summer Term will be considered for transfer credit. Normally, courses shorter than four weeks are not eligible for transfer credit.