Assessing the academic merits of courses taught within study abroad programs is a task borne by the academic departments at Towson University, not the Study Abroad Office. In addition, students rely on their Academic Advisors to help make informed decisions about studying abroad in terms of their degree progression. All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor before studying abroad.
All TU students interested in studying abroad (except those applying to participate in a TU faculty-led short-term program) should attend an information session. This is the first step in the study abroad process.
Information sessions are held Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. in the TU Study Abroad Office on the 4th floor of the Psychology Building.
After attending an information session, students should make an appointment to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to begin planning their study abroad experience.
Students can study abroad during fall, Minimester, spring, Spring Break, summer, or for the academic year.
For information on TU programs, TU exchanges, faculty-led programs, and affiliates please visit the Find a Program page.
Letter grades for all courses taken abroad will be posted to the TU record using the Transfer Grading Basis but will not be calculated into the Towson GPA. (Exceptions: Grades will be calculated into the TU GPA for TU faculty-led programs and the TU Global Internships program). Visit our Study Abroad Course Policies page for more details.
Students having a reason to choose a non-TU program or exchange or affiliate can petition for approval in advance of applying. Students must submit an Academic Advisor form as part of their petition.
If you would like to keep some information session flyers in your office to distribute to interested students please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help
Review the student's Academic Requirements Report with the student. In order to select a study abroad option that is academically appropriate, students should be aware of their degree progress here at TU.
Help them identify specifically which major/minor courses, GenEds, and electives they still have to complete at TU.
Offer advice regarding any courses that may not or should not be taken abroad (if applicable).
Talk to the student about how their study abroad experience might further or delay their degree progression.
NOTE: Students can take their last 30 credits abroad. This is an exception to the standard last 30 credit rule for transfer credit.
Help the student plan their course schedule for the semester of their return. Students studying abroad in the spring, fall, or academic year must register for TU classes for the following term while they are away so it helps if they plan ahead.
Don’t be surprised to get an email from a student who is studying overseas as the TU registration period approaches! They must have their advising hold removed in order to register for TU courses from abroad.
Course Equation Process
All TU students (except those participating on a TU faculty-led program or the TU Global Internships program) are required to complete the TU Study Abroad Course Form (PDF).
Any courses students plan to take abroad that do not appear in the TU Standard Course Equation Database must be reviewed and equated by the appropriate TU departments. Exceptions: Students participating on a TU faculty-led short-term program or the TU Global Internships Program.
Students are required to submit documentation to the appropriate academic department as outlined in the guidelines on the reverse side of the TU Study Abroad Course Form (PDF).
Department chairs may request more detail concerning courses taken abroad if descriptions provided by the student are insufficient. In these cases, the student is responsible for obtaining course syllabi from the host institution or program provider.
We recommend that students get more courses equated than they will need to take while abroad in case of cancellations, scheduling conflicts, etc.
The Academic Advisor must also sign the form.
If students switch courses after they arrive overseas they should contact their Study Abroad Advisor for assistance. We also recommend that students get in touch with their Academic Advisor at this point for guidance.