Introduction Courses taken on SMU Abroad programs count as SMU credit, not transfer credit. Pre-approved courses have been reviewed and deemed to be of SMU quality by the academic department that owns the course. For a complete listing of pre-approved courses, see the SMU Abroad Course Database.
For courses not yet approved, there is a petition process in place that begins with the student requesting course approval. This process takes time and results in the course either being approved or denied for credit. In rare cases, conditional approval may be granted providing that the student brings back all course materials and assignments for review after the semester abroad.
Courses can be petitioned for approval at any time, prior to a student's acceptance to an SMU Abroad Program or afterwards. Ideally all courses should be pre-approved BEFORE the program begins.
Choosing Courses When deciding what courses you would like to take while abroad, try to select twice the amount that you will actually take. This provides a buffer should any of the courses not be approved or not be offered during the semester you hope to study abroad. Be sure to list the courses in order of preference.
Once you have made your selections, review the current list of approved courses on the SMU Abroad Course Database. If the course you want to take is already on the database, you will receive credit for the SMU course indicated. No further action is required. If the course is not listed, you will have to petition for credit through SMU Abroad.
Policy on "No Credit" and "Pass/Fail" Options for Courses Taken on SMU Abroad Programs
Courses taken on SMU Abroad Semester programs may not be taken for "No Credit" or as "Pass/Fail." The only exception to this policy is for courses designated by SMU's academic departments with No Credit or Pass/Fail as their only grading basis option.
Courses taken on SMU Abroad Summer and J Term programs may not be petitioned for "No Credit", but may be petitioned as "Pass/Fail." Students can only take one course "Pass/Fail" per term. Students must petition approval for the "Pass/Fail" option from the Program Director and faculty member teaching the course prior to the payment deadline for the program.