Getting credit on campus for the courses you take abroad is important, and you’ll want to plan ahead to ensure that your study abroad program is in line with your academic goals.
GEO does not grant credit. In most cases, your home campus will record your courses and grades on your transcript. If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, you may receive transcripts from the University of Oregon that you can apply as transfer credit to your home institution.
WORK WITH YOUR HOME CAMPUS TO DETERMINE THE COURSES YOU WILL TAKE ABROAD
If your institution partners with GEO, many of the courses offered have already been pre-approved on your campus for home university credit. Check with your study abroad advior on campus for details. If courses have not yet been approved, your advisor will give you further instructions on how you will obtain approval for credit on GEO programs.
GEO lists courses on our website by suggested discipline. However, partner institutions may choose to grant credit under different disciplines. It is important to check with your study abroad advisor to determine the exact credit you will receive on campus.
SIGNING UP FOR COURSES
Once you have applied for your program, you will have access to a course selection form to indicate the courses you wish to take on site. Students on GEO programs take a full load of courses. The typical course load per site is listed in the Academics section within each Program on our website.
ADD/DROP ON SITE
Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to make changes to your course registration, but you are responsible for notifying your home campus of any changes you make to your enrollment.
If you participate in a direct enrollment program, such as GEO programs in Berlin, you may need to keep all coursework completed abroad in order to determine course credit once you have returned from your program. Contact your campus for details if you will participate in a direct enrollment program.
After your program is over, staff abroad will distribute grade reports to GEO. These grade reports are then translated by your home campus registrar. This process varies by program and campus, but often takes a minimum of one month to be processed.
After the completion of your GEO program, an official GEO grade report will be sent to the student’s home institution. The grade report will list the student’s name, home institution, program and term, as well as the GEO course title, contact hours and grade received for each course.
Grade reports are typically sent to the home institution approximately 4 to 12 weeks after the program end date, depending on the program.
Students whose home institution grants credit directly based on the GEO grade report should contact the home institution study abroad office to determine how long it will take for credit and/or grades to appear on their transcript once the GEO grade report has been received.
Students whose home institution requires them to register through the University of Oregon, and who will receive UO credit and grades which will be transferred to the home institution should anticipate that it will take from one to three academic terms from the time the program ends for their University of Oregon transcript to be finalized.
Students who are unsure which of the above options applies to them should contact GEO or their home institution study abroad office.
HOLD ON GRADE REPORTS
Students who have an outstanding financial obligation to GEO, whether on site or in the U.S., will have a hold placed on their grade report. The grade report will not be released to the student’s home institution, the student or any other party until the financial obligation is cleared. All questions regarding grade report holds should be directed to GEO.
REQUESTING COPIES OF GRADE REPORTS
The home institution transcript is the official record of the credit and grades received for work completed on an GEO program. In the case of students whose home institutions require them to register through the University of Oregon and receive a UO transcript and grades, the UO transcript serves as the official record. The UO or home institution transcript is generally the document that students should provide when asked for an official transcript for purposes such as graduate or professional school application, employer requests for verification of academic work, etc.
Occasionally, students may find that a copy of the GEO grade report is also required by a graduate/professional school or employer. In such cases, participants may request a copy of the GEO grade report from GEO. The grade report copy will indicate that it is a copy. Students may request that copies be sent to themselves or directly to a prospective employer or institution.