Transfer Credits

It is generally expected that undergraduate students in the College of General Studies will complete their core curriculum requirements at Boston University. Students will only receive Boston University credit if courses have been approved. Grades earned outside of Boston University are not computed in the student’s Boston University grade point average, and course credit will only be given for approved external courses if the grade earned is “C” or higher. Pass/Fail and audited courses are not accepted. In the event that a three-credit course is approved, the student might require additional course work toward the BU degree due to a deficiency in credit hours. Information on CGS’s Transfer Credit Policy can be found in the BU Bulletin.

Transfer Credit Instructions for each CGS program of study can be found below.

JANUARY BOSTON-LONDON PROGRAM FRESHMEN (gap semester)

Students enrolling in the January Boston-London Program are permitted to take external courses as non-matriculating students in the fall prior to matriculating at Boston University. It is critical that the student discusses external course selection with a CGS academic advisor first, before enrolling in a course.

After discussing course selection with a CGS academic advisor, students may need to have the external course evaluated, and should use the instructions in the “Elective Credit Evaluation” section below. The University Registrar’s external course approval process can take up to three weeks. Please plan accordingly. 

Elective Credit Evaluation

In order to evaluate an external course equivalency, please follow the instructions on the External Course Evaluation Request form, and email it to credeval@bu.edu. You will need the full course description and the course syllabus in order to have an external course evaluated.

After completing the approved external course, the student must request that an official external transcript be sent to:

Boston University Office of the University Registrar
881 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

CURRENT STUDENTS

Students who are matriculated on campus as a current freshman or sophomore are permitted to take external courses during summer semesters towards either an elective(s), and/or to make up a CGS core curriculum course. It is critical that the student discusses external course selection with a CGS academic advisor first, before enrolling in a course.

After discussing course selection with a CGS academic advisor, students may need to have the external course evaluated, and should use the instructions below. The University Registrar’s external course approval process can take up to three weeks. Please plan accordingly.

Elective Credit Evaluation

Students planning to transfer credit for electives (non-CGS core curriculum courses) must follow the evaluation process of the relevant academic department at Boston University.

Gather the following materials and bring them to the appropriate Boston University department (contacts can be found in the Bulletin) for evaluation:

  • Full external course syllabus
  • Full external course description
  • Transfer Credit Form – The relevant BU department will either provide this form, or provide instruction on where to obtain one

Once the Boston University department has evaluated the submitted materials, it will notify the student whether the course(s) have been approved or not. If the course has been approved, the student must submit the approved course form to CGS Student Services, room 211.

After completing the approved external course, the student must request that an official external transcript be sent to:

Boston University College of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

CGS Core Curriculum Course Evaluation


Students planning to transfer credit for a CGS core curriculum course must follow the evaluation process outlined below and additionally make an appointment with the appropriate CGS Divisional Chair for course evaluation.

  • Humanities: Room 307, 617-353-2876
  • Natural Sciences: Room 407, 617-353-2886
  • Rhetoric: Room 119, 617-358-2917
  • Social Sciences: Room 517, 617-353-2907

The student should go to the scheduled appointment with the appropriate CGS Divisional Chair, with the following materials:

  • Full external course syllabus
  • Full external course description
  • External Course Transfer Request Form – available online and at CGS Student Services, room 211 (Note: A separate form is required for each course)

Once the CGS division has evaluated the submitted materials, it will notify the student about whether the course(s) has been approved. If the course has been approved, the student must submit the approved course form to CGS Student Services, room 211.
After completing the approved external course, the student must request that an official external transcript be sent to:

Boston University College of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Courses Taken Abroad Evaluation

Please visit the Study Abroad website for details.