Study Abroad Course Approval

Once students have completed the first five components of Study Abroad: Step by Step they are ready to seek approval for their study abroad courses.

Individual academic departments at Penn are solely responsible for determining which courses taken abroad are equivalent to Penn courses and whether the courses fulfill the major or other requirements. In some cases, the department may impose additional requirements for course equivalency to be granted, or the department may wish to evaluate courses upon the student's return from study abroad. Students should be aware that it is difficult to fulfill General Education Requirements with courses abroad. Whether pursuing courses for free electives or for the major, students should consult with the College study abroad advisor for their area, submit electronic syllabi through XCAT and bring back all papers, exams, bibliographies and syllabi from abroad.

Students submit requests for approval and departments make determinations through XCAT (External Course Approval Tool).

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