The online External Course Approval Tool (XCAT) allows you to request College course equivalencies for courses taken abroad. This online tool is available to any Penn undergrad. However, Wharton courses taken at non-Wharton approved programs will not be considered.
XCAT for Study Abroad Credit
- Login to XCAT with your PennKey.
- Choose "Request a new course equivalency" from the left-hand menu.
- Select "Study abroad credit"
- Begin typing in your external institution, city, and/or country. Choose the correct one from the auto-fill list of options.
- Look for your course in "select course" drop-down menu.
- If your course appears in the drop-down menu, select the course, click continue and add any additional information required.
- If your course was taken previously by other students and pre-approved by departments, it will be listed as a Precedent. Presedents are guaranteed and other than entering the year taken, no additional supporting materials or departmental approval is necessary.
- If your course does not appear in the drop-down menu, choose "input new course," enter the required information and click "submit".
- Follow these steps for each study-abroad course course.
- You can submit requests as soon as you are accepted into your study abroad program. Note that some departments will not review requests until the course is completed and appropriate materials are submitted.
After Submitting Your Requests
- Check the status of your requests by logging into XCAT and selecting "List your requests" from the left-hand menu.
- If your request is denied, please refer to any comments added by the department and contact your College advisor for study abroad if further assistance is required.
Getting Courses Abroad Listed on Your Penn Transcript
- Submit a course equivalency for each course taken abroad on XCAT.
- Verify that the course has been approved by the appropriate department on XCAT.
- Verify that Penn Abroad has received your transcript from your study abroad program. You will receive an email from Penn Abroad when they receive your transcript.
- Withdraw any XCAT credit requests for courses you ended up not taking while abroad.
- Once these steps are completed, notify your College advisor for study abroad and request that the courses be posted.