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Transferring Credit from Study Abroad

Upon completion of your study abroad program, follow the below steps to start the study abroad credit transfer process based on your program types:

Affiliated or Unaffiliated Programs

Send Program Transcripts to the Global Learning Office

Ensure that your program sends an official study abroad transcript to:

Northwestern Global Learning Office
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4-400
Evanston, IL 60201

Effective Summer 2018, unofficial copies of study abroad transcripts are uploaded to the Northwestern Study Abroad Application.  To access a copy, log in and click “View Full Application” under the “My Application” tab. Choose “Application Status & Requirements," the second to last option from the list on the left. Unofficial copies are saved under “Student Document(s)” at the bottom of the page. If you receive a message to complete registration information upon login, a required field is blank. Review the "My Profile" section including Demographic and Passport Information. You can access your application after completing and saving your changes.

For copies of study abroad transcripts prior to Summer 2018, contact Laura Barron at l-barron@northwestern.edu

Please note: It typically takes study abroad programs and foreign universities about two months to send the official transcript to Northwestern GLO. If your study abroad credits have not been posted on CAESAR after two months, contact your study abroad program to see if they have sent the transcript to our office.

Programs with Delayed Transcript Processing

Participants of CASA Barcelona Fall quarter programs, Arcadia-King's College, and IFSA-Argentine Universities Program should expect their transcripts to be delivered to Northwestern GLO approximately three to four months after program completion.

Submit a Program Evaluation

You are required to complete a program evaluation, which should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Your study abroad transcript will not be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar until you complete a program evaluation.

Your evaluation will be treated confidentially, unless you indicate otherwise, and your honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your program will provide us with important feedback to improve the program for future students.

Complete the Credit Transfer Process for Your School

If you are seeking to fulfill major, minor, or distribution or other school requirements, you must follow the credit transfer process for your school. Log into your Northwestern Study Abroad Application in order to access an unofficial copy of your study abroad transcript. You will need this copy as part of the credit petitioning process.

Retain as many of your course materials as possible, regardless of what kind of credit you are seeking for your courses. Many schools/departments will need to see class descriptions, syllabi, papers, readings, and other course materials from your classes abroad as part of their credit petition process.

Northwestern Programs

Submit a Program Evaluation

You are required to complete a program evaluation, which should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Your study abroad transcript will not be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar until you complete a program evaluation.

Your evaluation will be treated confidentially, unless you indicate otherwise, and your honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your program will provide us with important feedback to improve the program for future students.

Credit Posts (Northwestern Direct Credit Only)

If you participated on a Northwestern program that offers direct Northwestern course credit, you do not need to petition for credit for study abroad courses. You are enrolled in regular Northwestern courses (i.e., courses with Northwestern course numbers with an "-SA" section number) while abroad. All courses and grades appear on your Northwestern transcript and are figured into your GPA.

Complete the Credit Transfer Process for Your School (Transfer Credit Only)

If you participated on a Northwestern program where some or all of the credit posts to your Northwestern record as transfer credit and if you are seeking to fulfill major, minor, or distribution or other school requirements, you must follow the credit transfer process for your school. Log into your Northwestern Study Abroad Application in order to access an unofficial copy of your study abroad transcript. You will need the unofficial copy as part of the credit petitioning process.

Retain as many of your course materials as possible, regardless of what kind of credit you are seeking for your courses. Many schools/departments will need to see class

Northwestern Exchange Programs

Send Transcript to the Global Learning Office

Ensure that your program sends an official study abroad transcript to:

Northwestern Global Learning Office
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4-400
Evanston, IL 60201

Effective Summer 2018, unofficial copies of study abroad transcripts are uploaded to the Northwestern Study Abroad Application.  To access a copy, log in and click “View Full Application” under the “My Application” tab. Choose “Application Status & Requirements," the second to last option from the list on the left. Unofficial copies are saved under “Student Document(s)” at the bottom of the page. If you receive a message to complete registration information upon login, a required field is blank. Review the "My Profile" section including Demographic and Passport Information. You can access your application after completing and saving your changes.

For copies of study abroad transcripts prior to Summer 2018, contact Laura Barron at l-barron@northwestern.edu.

Please note: It typically takes study abroad programs and foreign universities about two months to send the official transcript to Northwestern GLO. If your study abroad credits have not been posted on CAESAR after two months, contact your study abroad program to see if they have sent the transcript to our office.

Submit a Program Evaluation

You are required to complete a program evaluation, which should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Your study abroad transcript will not be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar until you complete a program evaluation.

Your evaluation will be treated confidentially, unless you indicate otherwise, and your honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your program will provide us with important feedback to improve the program for future students.

Complete the Credit Transfer Process for Your School

If you are seeking to fulfill major, minor, or distribution or other school requirements, you must follow the credit transfer process for your school. Log into your Northwestern Study Abroad Application in order to access an unofficial copy of your study abroad transcript. You will need the unofficial copy as part of the credit petitioning process.

Retain as many of your course materials as possible, regardless of what kind of credit you are seeking for your courses. Many schools/departments will need to see class descriptions, syllabi, papers, readings, and other course materials from your classes abroad as part of their credit petition process.

Learn more about minimum requirements, grade equivalencies, and credit conversion for exchanges.