Planning the academic component of your study abroad experience is an important part of the preparation but it doesn't have to be complicated. Please read through the information below to learn about the aspects and options for academic planning.
Some of the information on this page applies only to certain program types. If you have any questions about whether something applies to your program, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor.
All NDSU students studying abroad are registered for NDSU general study abroad credits, regardless of program. All students are required to pay student fees in order to retain full-time status, use their NDSU email account, register for classes and retain financial aid. As part of the preparations for going abroad, you will register for the proper amount of credits in one of the following courses.
Courses abroad return to NDSU as transfer credits, which are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis and can be used to complete requirements at NDSU. Depending on how you want to use courses, follow these steps:
You will officially be able to register for classes at your host school once you arrive. Some schools may allow you to register online before you depart from the U.S. It is important that you have the email address of your NDSU academic advisor in case you have any questions about the classes you are taking at your host institution.
Be aware that the classes you are actually able to enroll in and those you have had approved may end up being different. You must be FLEXIBLE! When getting courses approved using the Substitute/Waive a Course Form it is best to list more classes than you think you'll be taking so you have more options to chose from when finalizing your schedule.
Language placement tests are often required and are especially important for those studying in another language at a foreign institution. If you will be taking classes abroad in English, you probably won't need any placement tests unless you also plan to study in the native language and feel you might have adequate previous knowledge. If you are a language major, you must verify that you language courses abroad are at an advanced level if you want the credits to transfer back for your degree. If you have any questions, please speak with your academic advisor and language professors.
Before you leave your host school, make sure your host university sends your transcripts directly to NDSU Study Abroad Services using the addresses listed on the Returning to NDSU page. You will be notified when it arrives, and then Study Abroad Services will send it together with any Course Approval Forms to Registration and Records for processing. See the Credit Transfer Process page for more details on this process and timeline.
Some questions in the FAQ below only apply to certain program types, which have been labeled as Exchange, Direct, Faculty-led or Affiliate. If you have any questions about whether an answer applies to your program, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor.
Q: Will study abroad affect my GPA?
E D A : No, study abroad credits are considered transfer credits and do not affect your cumulative GPA.
G : Yes, because NDSU Global Faculty-led and Internship programs are NDSU courses, they are usually graded on a letter basis and would affect your cumulative GPA.
Q: Am I required to earn certain grades while abroad?
E D A : If you plan to have classes abroad substituted for classes at NDSU, it is important to meet with the chair of your department prior to leaving to determine the department's policies. Even though study abroad courses will not affect your cumulative GPA, some departments will require students to earn a minimum grade for classes that count towards their degree. Be aware that your overseas transcript will record the classes you took and your grades will follow the foreign university's grading system.