Credit and Courses

Participants in SJSU study abroad programs at partner universities (all long-term programs and Summer School Abroad programs) are guaranteed to receive “resident credit” for all coursework taken at partner universities. This means that units taken on SJSU programs will count towards overall graduation unit requirements. Course equivalencies for major, minor, or General Education requirements are determined and approved by advisors in corresponding departments. Students accepted into SJSU programs will be given detailed advice on how to get their classes approved. All coursework taken abroad on these programs will be posted on the students’ official SJSU records/transcripts and is not considered “transfer credit.” 

Participants on Faculty-Led Programs will receive SJSU credit that will count towards overall graduation unit requirements. Courses will appear on the SJSU transcript similar to other courses taken on campus, as they are SJSU courses taught by SJSU faculty.


All courses taken for a grade abroad will be factored into students’ GPA. The SJSU Study Abroad and Away office does not perform grade conversions or grading curves for classes taken at partner universities; grade conversions are performed by the Office of the Registrar according to standards set by that office. If you would like to take a class at a partner university as pass/fail instead of for a grade, the appropriate paperwork must be completed before going abroad. It is too late to apply for a class to be counted as pass/fail after the class has begun.


Registration procedures vary depending on the program.

For long-term programs, some partner universities allow students to register early and courses are confirmed before arrival. Others have students register upon arrival or during the first few weeks of class. Participants should be as patient and flexible as possible when following the host institutions’ procedures. Students should have alternate choices for courses, in case some classes are not offered. Students should not be registered in courses at SJSU while studying abroad unless they are taking an online SJSU course in addition to classes at their host university. Students are limited to taking a single online course at SJSU while abroad on their program. 

For Faculty-Led Programs and Summer School Abroad programs, students will receive an email notifying then when their course registration is open. Students will have a specific window of time, from the date of the notice to the stated deadline, to register for their program course online through their MySJSU account.