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Academic Matters

For complete information regarding academic matters and study abroad, please review the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures.

Academic Credit and Final Study Abroad Approval
Creighton defines study abroad as a term in which Creighton University students receive academic credit for courses taken abroad through an approved study abroad program.  Students must receive final approval to study abroad from the OIP and/or the respective Deanís Office. Final approval will be given after all study abroad forms and documentation have been turned in and the student has cleared the second disciplinary and academic record checks prior to his/her term abroad.  Students who do not receive final study abroad approval from the OIP are not eligible to study abroad.  If a student chooses to study abroad without approval, the student will not retain status as a Creighton student, will not receive academic credit from Creighton for the courses taken abroad, and will not be eligible for Creighton financial aid for any study abroad program. CREIGHTON IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WITHDRAWAL FEES OR OTHER MONETARY LOSSES INCURRED BY STUDENTS WHO BECOME INELIGIBLE TO STUDY ABROAD. 

Transcripts
Students must request an official study abroad transcript to be sent to the OIP upon completion of his/her experience abroad.  Credit for the term abroad will not be granted unless an official transcript is received.  Students will be notified via his/her Creighton email address when the transcript has been received in the OIP.  Students will then be required to review a copy of the transcript and complete a Transcript Verification Form and Program Evaluation. 

Courseload
12-15 credits are the minimum-maximum course load each semester abroad.  Exceptions are considered only in cases of illness or similar extenuating circumstances.  If students drop below the minimum credit hours required to be considered a full-time student, they will jeopardize status as Creighton students and may lose awarded financial aid. Students participating on the University of Limerick program are required to enroll in 5 courses unless prior permission is given by the studentís respective school or college.

Coursework
Students are responsible for providing coursework, syllabi, reading lists, and any other necessary documents from study abroad courses, if required by the Dean or Department Chair at Creighton. 

Correspondence (Online) Courses
The OIP strongly discourages students from taking correspondence courses during their time abroad.  However, if a studentís major dictates that he/she take a correspondence course while abroad, it is the responsibility of the student to make the necessary arrangements prior to his/her departure to the host site.  Students will be responsible for any fees associated with correspondence courses (test proctor, computer usage, etc.). 

Receiving Credit for Study Abroad Courses
To receive credit for courses taken abroad, students must receive a C grade (2.0) or better.  Students receiving below a C grade (2.0) will not receive credit or Creighton equivalencies for the courses taken while abroad. 

GPA
Courses taken through participation in the Encuentro Dominicano and Faculty-Led Programs Abroad will factor into a studentís Creighton GPA.  Course work will appear on the studentís Creighton transcript upon completion of the term. Courses taken during study abroad participation in an affiliate, bilateral exchange, multilateral exchange, and/or non-Creighton program will not factor into a studentís Creighton GPA.  Study abroad courses will be listed on the studentís Creighton transcript if he/she attained the necessary grade of C (2.0) or better. 

Grades
When grades are given by faculty from the host country using that countryís grading scale, equivalency scales are used to translate the grades to U.S. grades.  These scales are not a mere adaptation to the U.S. percentage or letter grade system, but rather are designed to match the spirit of the host country grading system with the U.S. system.  The same variation that occurs between the differing demands of professors at Creighton is likely to occur with teachers abroad and Creighton does not make adjustments to the grading scale on this count. Students are expected to complete all coursework before they leave the study abroad site.  When enrolling in courses taught by host country nationals, students are expected to select courses that require work that can be assessed for a grade.  If no such academic work can be arranged, students will not receive credit for the class.  To dispute a grade from a study abroad program, students should directly contact the program sponsor, host institution, or faculty member.  Creighton and/or the OIP cannot intervene or assist with grade disputes for courses taken during a study abroad period.