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Study Abroad Office

Credit and Grade Conversion Information

Students receive credit for courses taken abroad as long as they earn passing marks. The USC Registrar's Office has provided the following policies as related to credit hour and grade transfer.

International Transfer Credit Evaluation: 

For the purpose of evaluating international transfer credit for students, the Office of the Registrar will consider 15 contact/instructional hours at a foreign institution as equal to 1 USC credit. As outlined in the SACS compliance table standard 3.4.6:

The credit value of each course is determined by the amount of formal instructional time per week for one semester. USC follows the definition of a credit hour identified by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, as spelled out in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Glossary: CREDIT HOUR: A unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 15-week period in a semester… It is applied toward the total number of hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

Due to the high variation in the work completed by students in different courses and at different institutions, both in the US and abroad, credits will be evaluated based solely on contact hours and not on difficulty, workload, or experiential learning. 

The USC Registrar's Office provides transfer equivalency tables to help you determine how your international coursework might transfer to USC. 

Grade Conversion Policy

Students who study abroad and receive a US transcript of their work will have that work transferred to their academic record based on the guidelines used for all domestic transfer work. 

Students who receive a foreign transcript for the work they complete abroad will have their work transferred back to USC on a pass/fail basis. The performance of the student will be evaluated based on the grading scale of the institution that he/she attends. Students must earn a grade considered passing by the foreign institution in order to be granted a passing grade at USC. 

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