Participants in SJSU study abroad programs (the programs listed on our website) 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. However, 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 SJSU programs will be posted on the students’ official SJSU records/transcripts and is not considered “transfer credit.” Courses will appear on the SJSU transcript with the course title from the host university, but with SJSU course numbers, units and grades. “International Programs” and the name of the host country/university will also be noted on the transcript.
All courses taken for a grade abroad will be factored into students’ GPA. The SJSU Study Abroad department does not perform grade conversions or grading curves for classes from abroad; 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 abroad 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 for SJSU Programs
Registration procedures vary depending on the study abroad program. Some 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.