Study Abroad: Students seeking communication credit for courses completed
while abroad. In the past, many of our students have studied at the colleges
listed below and have received communication credit for their work. This is not
an exhaustive list; these are merely suggestions of possible study abroad sties
for Communication majors.
Transfer: Students who either are transferring to the University of
Pennsylvania or will be enrolled at another university during the summer session
and wish to receive communication credit for courses taken elsewhere.
Any student planning to take a communication course while abroad or away during
summer session should discuss their plans with Alison Berstecher, Director of Student
Services. Receiving credit for communication courses taken at another college or
university requires approval by the Annenberg School for Communication. Credit is
granted only for courses judged comparable in scope and general focus to those typically
offered by the Annenberg School. Some courses offered as communication courses elsewhere
(e.g., advertising or literature) may be more appropriately considered for credit
by another school or department at the University of Pennsylvania. Students may
only count three (3) communication credits from another college or university toward
To officially request transfer credit, students must login to
XCAT (External Course Approval Tool) and submit all course syllabi and other
supporting materials from the previous institution. Students who do not seek approval,
before registering for a communication course are at risk of not study abroad credits
to fulfill major requirements. Evaluation of a current complete syllabus of the
course is required for final approval and may be submitted upon the student’s return.
All submitted course materials need to be submitted in English. Course materials
that are not in English need to be translated by the students before submission.
Approved course credit will be counted toward a student’s intermediate major requirements.
Students seeking advanced major credit must bring forth a final paper and syllabus
for the course to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for review.
The Annenberg School for Communication has teamed with the Cardiff School of Journalism,
Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) to facilitate a dynamic exchange program that
will allow undergraduate students to broaden their learning and understanding of
the field of communication studies in a new environment. JOMEC is one of the largest
media departments in the United Kingdom. Ranked seventh out of more than 100 universities,
Cardiff is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which is formed by the
U.K.’s top research universities and attracts world-class staff. The program accepts
12 undergraduate students. Participating exchange students will be bound by the
rules and procedures of both institutions and are required to complete all course
work and examinations associated with their study taken at Cardiff or the University
For more information about study abroad programs, contact the Undergraduate Office
Room 204 in the Annenberg School); the Office of International Programs (3701 Chestnut
Street, Suite 1W); or access the College of Arts and Sciences’
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