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Grades and Credit Transfer

I went on a UA faculty-led program. When will my grades be posted to UAccess?

After the conclusion of your program, it will take approximately 3-4 weeks for your study abroad grades to be posted to UAccess.  If you don't see the courses, credits or grades after 4 weeks, please contact your study abroad coordinator.

I went on an exchange, direct enroll, or third-party provider program. When and how will my study abroad credits transfer to UA?

Step by step guide to getting your transfer credits approved:

  1. Approximately one to two months following your study abroad program, UA will receive your transcripts from the university abroad.  When we receive the transcript, we will upload the document to your UAbroad account, and you will receive an automated message that a document has been uploaded to your portal.
  2. Access this document by logging into your UAbroad account.
  3. Also in your UAbroad account, you will find the UA Request for Transfer Credit Form located in "Things to Complete.”  This form will ask you to review your transcript from your study abroad program, to copy the courses onto the Transfer Credit Form, translate the course titles into English where applicable, and specify the UA course equivalents that you are seeking.
  4. Take this form to the department in which you are seeking credit for these courses, obtain signature approval for each course.
  5. When you have obtained all signatures for your courses, log back in to your UAbroad account and upload a scanned copy in the “Things to Complete” section.
  6. Approximately three weeks following your submission of your UA Request for Transfer Credit Form, log in to UAccess to verify that the credits which were approved have been posted with the appropriate equivalent credit.  You will see these posted under the transfer credit tab of your UAccess account.  If you are missing courses at this time, please contact your study abroad coordinator.  If the equivalencies do not match what you had approved by your academic adviser, please seek their assistance in applying the appropriate credit.

How are transcripts evaluated?

Courses are evaluated with respect to the University of Arizona's policy on the acceptability of transfer credit either by International Admissions (if your transcript is coming from a foreign university) or the Office of the Registrar (if your transcript is coming from a university in the United States). During this initial evaluation, university staff will determine which courses are accepted and will then post these credits to your academic record. Once the courses have been posted, you will be able to view them in UAccess under "Transfer credit".

Do I need to meet with my academic advisor after my study abroad program is over?

If you received transfer credit, then YES, you will need to meet with your academic advisor again to obtain their signatures for each course taken abroad. 

Can I get a transcript from the institute/university where I studied?

Unofficial transcripts can be viewed on your UAbroad account.  If you need an official transcript, then you will have to contact the foreign or domestic institution which awarded your credit.  If you don't know whom to contact, then ask your study abroad coordinator for the proper contact info.  Please note: SASE coordinators can also write verification letters for graduate schools, which along with a copy of your transcript can work as a substitute for original transcripts for some graduate school applications. 

I am a non-UA student who participated in a UA study abroad program. How do obtain a UA transcript?

Unfortunately Study Abroad and Student Exchange cannot send you an official UA transcript for your study abroad program. If you need an official UA transcript, then you will have to request it through the UA Office of the Registrar.

How will study abroad affect priority registration?

It’s important to know that evaluated transfer credits are included in the calculation of your classification - Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior. The evaluation of your transfer credits can take up to a full semester to be completed.  This means that your Priority Registration will likely be affected as you wait for your courses to be posted to your academic record. Unfortunately, the transcript evaluation process cannot be expedited in order to update your classification and Priority Registration time slot.

Stay Connected

How do I stay connected to the country where I studied abroad?

Now that you are back in the U.S. one of the best ways to stay connected is to meet international students who are from the country where you studied. The University of Arizona has many international clubs where you can meet these students.

Also, Study Abroad and Student Exchange runs a Buddy Program. The Buddy Program needs study abroad alumni (YOU!) to help international exchange students who will be coming to UA. This simply gives you the opportunity to become friends with an international exchange student who may have many questions about UA, etc.

Further we offer a UA Global Student Ambassador Program, where you can work closely with inbound students in the Buddy Program, gain leadership experience and participate outreach events within the SASE office.  This is a unique opportunity for all and we encourage you to apply!

Can I study abroad again?

YES! We have many study abroad students who study abroad more than once.

How do I pursue an international career?

Every semester, the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science (CLAS) Academic Advising Center presents "Pizza with a Professional" focusing on international careers. This is a very useful session where you can talk directly with professionals who have successfully worked abroad.  You should also visit UA Career Services for ideas about international employment opportunities or visit their online links to "Going Global" resources!  Many study abroad alumni also find that the Peace Corps program is a perfect "next step" to deepening their international experience.  We hope that your study abroad experience continues to open doors to the world!

I would love to work in Study Abroad & Student Exchange. How do I do get more involved? 

Study Abroad and Student Exchange employs a few student workers or graduate interns each year. Check with your study abroad coordinator and Career Services to see if there are any open student positions. This is a great way to see the inner workings of a study abroad office and to discover if international education is for you. Don't forget that Study Abroad and Student Exchange is only one part of global engagement at the UA. 

Another great resource is NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA's website offers a helpful Career Center.