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Academics and Study Abroad

The basics:  
All courses on an approved off-campus program will be counted for unit credit at Albion College. Students attending approved off-campus programs are considered students in residence at Albion College and therefore it is the responsibility of each student to follow the academic regulations of Albion College.  Please refer to the college catalog for a complete listing of these regulations.  Listed below are the regulations that most frequently concern off-campus programs.  Off-Campus semesters are not considered when determining eligibility for the Dean's List and/or Albion Fellows. 

Choosing study abroad coursework:  
The Off-Campus Course and Credit Evaluation Form will be used to evaluate the courses that you will take at your off-campus program.  A description of the process is on the OCP Forms page.

Credit/ No Credit (CR/NC):
Your classes will automatically be recorded with the numeric grade assigned unless you notify the Registrar's Office that you wish to have courses as credit/ no credit.   If you take a class CR/NC, only the credit transfers back (not the numeric grade), thus it will not affect your GPA. If you wish to have the numeric grade, both the credit and the grade is factored into your semester and overall GPA.  IMPORTANT:  All classes that will be applied to a major/minor/concentration must be taken for a numeric grade. 
Coursework required:
You are responsible for understanding the credit given at the off-campus program and the amount of credit you are taking.  Credit systems vary by country and even institution, and you must register for the equivalent of 16 U.S. credit hours to receive 4 units of credit from Albion College.  Students registering for more than 4.5 units for one semester of work on an off-campus program must petition for an overload of credit prior to leaving campus if their grade point average is below 3.30. There will be an additional tuition charge for this overload.  Refer to program details in Brits Abroad or contact the Albion College Registrar before you leave campus with questions about the credit offered at your off-campus program site. 

Major/ Minor/ Concentration credit:
Courses taken for a major, minor, concentration or for the education program require a numeric grade, and must be approved in writing by the Department Chair.  This may be completed through the application process or when you return to campus.  This approval must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.  
Mode or Category Requirements:
Reference the Modes and Categories Grid to determine if there are any you need before studying abroad.  Any mode or category requirements completed while on an off-campus program must be approved by the Registrar and appropriate faculty committee.  This can be done prior to your leaving campus or upon your return to campus.  You will need to submit a course syllabus for any off- campus course you are petitioning to have count as a mode or category.  If you wish to get Global Studies category credit for your international off-campus program, see the Global Studies Category and Study Abroad link for details.
Changes to pre-approved coursework or program participation: 
If course registration changes at any point during the program, you are responsible for informing the Registrar of these changes.  If you withdraw from an off-campus program before the completion of the semester, you must notify the Director of Off-Campus Programs and the Registrar in writing.
Delays to graduation and course transfer:
Participation in an off-campus program during the last semester of the senior year may delay your graduation date.  It often takes many weeks to receive transcripts from off-campus programs, but once received that information is processed and entered on your record within two days. 
Contacts for questions:
If at any time you have questions about these requirements, please the Office of the Registrar through the following means. 
MAIL               Albion College, Office of the Registrar, 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224
PHONE           517-629-0216
FAX                 517-629-0476