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Course credit while studying abroad

Understanding how foreign courses taken during study abroad will fit into your Pace degree plan is the most important part of the study abroad process. Education Abroad will further elaborate on this important process during pre-departure advising in the Abroad 102 info session, which is mandatory for all study abroad students.


How do credits work for study abroad?

When you study abroad at a Pace partner institution—for a semester, year, or summer program—you will receive Pace credits for courses taken abroad. In order to get these Pace credits, there are steps you must take. It's your responsibility to follow these steps; you will not be able to get academic credits otherwise. Undergraduate students going for a semester abroad must enroll in, complete, and pass a minimum equivalent of 12 Pace credit hours.


What are “course equivalencies”?

Any course you take at a foreign university (or through a study abroad program provider) must closely match a course offered at Pace, in terms of content and academic level. You will select courses from those offered at the overseas institution, with the assistance of your Pace faculty/Academic Advisor. Every course taken abroad must be approved by a Department Chair as a similar course at Pace. This process is referred to as obtaining course equivalencies. Review the current list of Pace Chairs (PDF) to determine who to send your forms to.


How do I obtain course equivalencies?

First, talk to your Pace Academic Advisor about how the courses you want to take abroad will fit into your academic plan. Complete your Course Equivalency Forms in consultation with your Academic Advisor.

When you apply to study abroad, you will generate your own Course Equivalency Forms (one form for each course) via your Study Abroad Application. We strongly recommend that you take courses abroad that have already been approved as having a Pace course equivalent, as it will be much easier and quicker to obtain Pace credits (because the course won't need to be reviewed and approved by a Pace Department Chair). Remember: the Abroad 102 info session walks you through this process!

First, check and see if there are courses you want to take abroad that are already in Pace’s database of previously-approved courses:

  • Go to your Pace Study Abroad Application (Terra Dotta)
  • Go to the Academics tab, and review the "PRE-APPROVED COURSES" section
  • Click on the link for pre-approved courses to see all the courses that already have an approved Pace course equivalent; review the courses

Step-by-step instructions for creating your Course Equivalency Form if you want to take a previously-approved course(s):

  • After following the 5 steps listed above, select the foreign courses you want to take (from the drop-down menu), enter the appropriate foreign credit amount, and click the “Next” button
  • Next to Option 1, click the "Show Equivalent Courses” button
  • Select the circle next to the Pace course you would like to earn credit for (underneath "Select"), then click the "Next" button.
  • Your Course Equivalency Form (CEF) has been created!
  • Print the Form by clicking on the “Print CEF Form: Save as a PDF and Seek Approvals” button on the bottom of the page, and save it as a PDF
  • You must now ask your Academic Advisor to sign off on each Form.
  • Upload your signed/completed Form to your Study Abroad Application (Terra Dotta) under the "attached documents" section

IF NO COURSE EQUIVALENCIES EXIST in Pace’s database for the course(s) you wish to take, follow these step-by-step instructions to create your Course Equivalency Forms:

  • Go to your Pace Study Abroad Application (Terra Dotta)
  • Click on the “Credit Equivalency Form” button (lower right-hand side of your Program Application page)
  • Click on the “New Equivalency Request” button (upper right-hand side)
  • Click on “Other Course: Not Previously Approved” at the top of the drop-down bar options
  • Manually input the foreign Course Code (*if available) and Course Title. *If you don't have a Course Code, input NA
  • Click the “Next” button 
  • Next to Option 3, click the “Search Home Courses” button 
  • Scroll down to "Department" and select “**NEEDS APPROVAL: Select This Only!”. Click on the "Next" button
  • Select the circle on the right-hand side next to “NEEDS DEPT. CHAIR APPROVAL”, and click on the “Next” button.
  • Your Course Equivalency Form has been created!
  • Print the Form by clicking on the "Print CEF Form: Save as a PDF and Seek Approvals” button on the bottom of the page, and save it as a PDF.
  • You must have the relevant Department Chair and your Academic Advisor sign off on each Form. Please give them time to review your Forms and syllabi.
  • When complete, upload your signed/completed Form to your Study Abroad Application (Terra Dotta) under the "attached documents" section

Remember: you must submit your Course Equivalency Forms to the applicable Pace Department Chair and obtain the Chair's signature! Courses approved as equivalent to Pace’s must satisfy the same curriculum requirements as the Pace course satisfies. Courses for which there is no Pace equivalent—but which are deemed appropriate/desirable to enhance the student’s educational goals—must have the approval of the Department Chair. If there is no equivalent course, the Department Chair can list the course as meeting the requirements for major, minor or general/open elective. Note: Pace Department Chairs evaluate course equivalency, and Academic Advisors determine how courses fit within students' degree plan - not credit equivalency. Only OSA evaluates credits and determine their value.

If you cannot easily access your Study Abroad application to create a Course Equivalency Form, you can download and print a blank Course Equivalency Form (PDF).​

Need more help? Watch this Prezi, walking you through the process step by step.


How many courses should I seek approval for?

Seek approval for more courses than you’re intending to take — so that you’ll have flexibility in choosing your schedule after you arrive abroad (in case a course is cancelled or there’s a schedule conflict). For example, we recommend that you seek approval for 10 courses if you plan to take 5 courses.

Need more help? Watch this Prezi, walking you through the process step by step.


Which courses can I seek approval for?

You can seek approval for most major, minor, and Pace University core courses. Courses you can take abroad include AOKs 2, 3, 4, and 5 (not AOK1); language courses; and lab science courses. If you want to get an AOK course approved by a Chair, the course must be deemed equivalent to an existing Pace course that is already designated as an AOK 2, 3, 4, or 5 — and in such cases, the Course Equivalency Form must have that already-existing Pace course listed by name.

Courses that you may NOT take abroad (because you will not get Pace approval/credit for them):

  • AOK1 (CE), LC, WE
  • You may not take more than half of your major credit requirements during your study abroad
  • A course for which you have not yet satisfied the Pace prerequisites
  • A course you already took, passed, and got credit for
  • For Lubin students: MGT490, MAR221, and for-credit internships

What if I change courses while abroad?

If you need to make changes to any courses while you're abroad, follow these 5 steps:

(1) First, check to see if your new course in Pace's database of already approved courses for your program.

(2) If not, you must obtain new course(s) approval from the relevant Pace Department Chair via email. In your outreach to the Chair (see attached sample/template of an email request PDF), you must include the following:

  • an introductory greeting and explanation of who you are (what overeseas school you're attending and where that school is located)
  • foreign course title
  • foreign course code
  • foreign course syllabus

(3) Once the Chair reviews and approves the foreign course via email, you must ask your Academic Advisor to confirm their approval as well with their signature.

(4) Upload the full email stream — with approvals by the Chair and your Academic Advisor — into your Pace study abroad application (under "attached documents").

(5) Inform Pace Education Abroad that you've completed steps 1-4 above.

You must obtain approval for each of your study abroad courses. You will not receive academic credit for classes that are not on your signed Course Equivalency Forms (regardless of whether you have completed them and/or paid for the new courses). This will delay your graduation from Pace.


What if I return from study abroad and haven’t yet obtained my course equivalencies?

You must upload your Course Equivalency Forms for each missing class retroactively, and let Education Abroad know when completed by emailing studyabroad@pace.edu. Education Abroad cannot submit these Forms into your application on your behalf. The Course Equivalency Forms are generated by logging into your Pace Study Abroad application (see 'step-by-step instructions' outlined above). The Office of Student Assistance (OSA) will not be able to process your foreign Transcript until all your Course Equivalency Forms have been uploaded for all your classes taken abroad. If Education Abroad has not been informed that you have uploaded your Course Equivalency Forms, we won’t know to begin processing your transcript.


What happens after I complete my course equivalencies?

You must upload all of your completed Course Equivalency Forms to the 'attached documents' section of your online Study Abroad Application. Then, let Education Abroad know when you have done so by emailing studyabroad@pace.edu.

Pace Education Abroad will receive your transcript from your overseas host institution or program (possibly months after your program has ended), and forward it to OSA for processing and conversion of your foreign credits. OSA will then update your Pace transcript based on the completed/signed Course Equivalency Forms you submitted. (Please allow 8-12 weeks for OSA to process.) Remember: OSA will NOT be able to process your transcript until all your Course Equivalency Forms have been uploaded for all your classes taken abroad.


Who does what at Pace (concerning courses taken during study abroad)

  • OSA – has the sole authorization to determine credit values for courses taken abroad
  • Department Chairs – have the sole authority to identify a Pace equivalent course for a foreign course taken abroad
  • Academic Advisors – determine how courses fit in with a student's degree plan. (Advisors can also sign off on open electives when there’s a pre-approved Pace equivalent course in the study abroad database.)
  • Education Abroad – acts as an intermediary support to Pace students by receiving transcripts from overseas partner universities; tracking students’ progress with course equivalencies; intervening when necessary with Dept. Chairs and Academic Advisors; and informing OSA of student’s status related to Course Equivalency Forms.

It is your responsibility to obtain your course equivalencies for courses taken during study abroad, and Education Abroad will support you with the process. You will not be able to graduate from Pace without taking these steps!