Study abroad credit is treated in almost the same way as transfer credit from other American colleges and universities. As long as you earn a C or higher in your courses at a university or program approved by appropriate accrediting bodies, you will receive credit for the classes you take overseas. These credits can be used to fulfill requirements in your major and minor, GFRs, upper- or lower-level graduation credits and elective credits.
The only difference with study abroad credit and regular transfer credit is the method of transferring the credit. Before you leave UMBC for your term abroad, you will be register for a UMBC ‘class’ that holds your place in the UMBC system. This class, called either AWAY 098 or AWAY 099, tells the UMBC registration system that you are studying abroad and that you will be bringing transfer credit back to UMBC from an international university.
Before you depart for your study abroad program, you will need to discuss your plans with your academic advisor and with Laurie Beth Harow, the Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Registrar. Laurie will discuss with you how your classes will transfer back, and she will then register you for the appropriate AWAY class. If you decide to change classes once you arrive overseas, you can always contact Laurie to assure that these new classes will transfer back.