External Credit (transfer courses, summer courses away, etc.)
General information about transfer credits:
- Only courses equivalent to those offered by the undergraduate schools and colleges of Boston University will be accepted for transfer.
- Courses taken at other institutions must carry at least 2.5 Boston University credits in order to be equated to Boston University courses.
- A grade of C or higher is required in any course for which a student seeks transfer credit
- Transfer course grades are not factored into the BU grade point average
- No correspondence, on-line or distance learning courses will be accepted.
- No credit will be awarded for courses taken during the academic year at the Harvard University Extension Program.
- The maximum number of credits allowed in transfer is 80.
- The Transfer Admissions office initially evaluates transfer students’ credit.
- Courses are given a “Y” or “N” (yes or no) evaluation as to whether the transfer course has been granted credit at BU.
- Some courses (though rarely) are awarded credit and equated to a BU course at the Admissions evaluation.
- The rest of the credit falls under “unassigned” or elective credit.
- In order for a transfer course to satisfy a College requirement or major/minor requirement, it must be evaluated and equated to a BU course.
- Courses are equated by the corresponding CAS department (e.g. a psychology course is evaluated by the Psychology department) or corresponding School or College at BU (e.g. a painting course would be evaluated by CFA)
- Students should use the Transfer Credit Equivalency form when having courses equated. Detailed instructions can be found on the form: http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/forms/
It is generally expected that College of Arts & Sciences students will complete their degree requirements in approved courses within Boston University. Students may, however, wish to receive credit for academic work done elsewhere during the summer.
- Students pursuing a program of study outside Boston University who wish to transfer credit must do so in an accredited program at an accredited college or university.
- A minimum grade of C is required in any course for which a student seeks transfer credit and courses must carry at least 2.5 Boston University credits.
- By University policy, students pursuing summer coursework within the metropolitan Boston area must take such courses at Boston University unless
- a) the course is a program requirement and is not offered in the Boston University summer term, or
- b) the student receives written pre-approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the relevant Boston University department and the Associate Dean for Student Academic Life.