One of the most important steps preparing for your overseas study experience is the selection and approval of the courses you wish to take, as well as determining the UW credit equivalents.
To carry out this selection and approval process effectively and efficiently, it is important that you read and follow all of the steps below carefully.
Depending on your needs, you may want to choose courses relating to your UW Major, Minor, Arts & Business or Breadth requirements. You may want to review the Approved Courses page to see courses previously taken by UW students on exchange and browse the course offerings website of the overseas university you have been accepted to.
Make sure to also consult with your Undergraduate Arts Advisor to confirm if there are any restrictions in your program. Certain UW programs place restrictions on the types of courses or the specific courses you may take on exchange. Examples:
- the UW Economics Department will not allow you to take any required courses on exchange and limits you to taking only two elective economics courses while away.
- the UW Psychology Department will normally not allow you to take statistics and research method courses elsewhere.
Determine how many courses you can take. The expectation of the Registrar’s Office is that a UW student on exchange will complete a “full term load of courses". In other words the equivalent at the overseas partner university of five UW courses. You will therefore pay UW tuition for five courses.
Please ensure you read the Course Approval FAQ in order to understand how many courses you will need to take while away. It is very important you understand the credit system of the overseas institution.
Once you know how many courses to take, select your top choices for submission and include a couple extra in case the courses you want are full, cancelled, etc.
Note: if the course listings for the term and year you will be attending are not yet available, you may have to use the Course/Module listings for the current corresponding term and make changes afterwards if necessary.
Submit your course requests by e-mailing the applicable department advisor (i.e. for an sociology course contact the Sociology advisor). Make sure to include the following information:
- the course title
- the course description, and URL link or syllabus if available
- the course weight
- the university the course is being offered at
The advisors will write back to you to let you know if your request was approved (specific vs general) or declined. If approved as a specific or general transfer credit, please forward the approval to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can update you Credit Transfer Information Chart.
Going to a French Partner University (MICEFA and Ontario-Rhône/Alpes)?
Approval for Language courses taken at French partner universities (MICEFA and Ontario-Rhône/Alpes):
Because a Language Placement Test is required before you are placed in courses, it is typically necessary to wait until you have the results of this test before being able to make your course choices. For this reason you will have to have your courses approved by the associated UW Language Department Advisor(s) only after you have taken this test in France.
After you've arrived
If you need to make changes to your courses after your arrival please do so by submitting course requests as per the process above. Advisors will work as quickly as possible to review your requests, however do not wait until the last minute (i.e. the overseas University's add/drop deadline) to request changes.