Before departure students must complete a Study Abroad Course Form. Any courses they plan to take abroad that do not appear in the TU Standard Course Equation Database must be equated by the appropriate TU departments. Exceptions: Students participating in a TU faculty-led program, the TU Global Internships Program, independent Study Abroad, or independent internships Abroad.
Prior to summer 2012, courses taken through Towson University Study Abroad administered programs (including exchanges) and affiliated programs will be posted to the TU record using the Pass Grading Option (PS/DX/FEX) but will not be calculated into the Towson GPA. These courses will not count toward the 13 unit maximum toward graduation allowed for courses taken under the Pass Grading Option and may fulfill major and minor requirements. Exceptions: Grades will be posted and calculated into the Towson GPA for faculty-led programs, the TU Global Internships Program, independent Study Abroad, and independent internships abroad.
Beginning summer 2012,
letter grades for all courses taken abroad through Towson University Study Abroad administered programs (including exchanges) and affiliated programs 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 faculty-led programs, the TU Global Internships Program, independent Study Abroad, and independent internships abroad.
Grading systems vary greatly from country to country. For transcripts received directly from foreign institutions, the TU Study Abroad Office utilizes grading scales published by World Education Services (WES).
Credit systems vary throughout the world and it is very important that students understand how the credit system at their host institution relates to the credit system at Towson University. Students should discuss this with their Study Abroad Advisor prior to departure.It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are enrolled full-time (minimum 12 units per semester for spring or fall).
It is the student's responsibility to ensure their overseas transcript is sent to the TU Study Abroad Office. An Incomplete grade will be posted to the student's TU record after the study abroad term. Upon receipt of the study abroad transcript, the Incomplete grade will be removed and the actual grades earned will be posted. If a transcript is not received the Incomplete grade will automatically change to an "F" after 180 days.
Students who must repeat a language course abroad as result of a language placement test that was previously taken at TU will receive an audit for this course with no credit or grade awarded.
The maximum units policy for courses taught on campus in the Minimester (4 credits) and summer (total of 13 units, 7 units per session) does not apply to study abroad.
Study Abroad Office
Rm. #408, Psychology Building
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.