Study Abroad: Students seeking communication credit for courses completed
Transfer/Credit Away:This category includes students who wish to receive
Communication credit for courses taken at another college or university. Such students
may be either transfers to the University of Pennsylvania or seeking to enroll at
another university during the summer session. This category also includes students
who study abroad for a semester.
The Annenberg School does not guarantee credit for courses not taken at the University
of Pennsylvania. Credit for Communication courses taken at another college or university
requires formal approval from the Annenberg School. Credit is granted only for courses
that are judged to be academically comparable in scope and general focus to those
typically offered at the Annenberg School. Students may count no more than three
(3) communication credits from another college or university toward their major.
Some courses offered as Communication courses elsewhere (e.g., advertising, marketing,
literature) may be more appropriately considered for credit by another school or
department at the University of Pennsylvania.
To officially request transfer credit, students must login to
XCAT (External Course Approval Tool) and submit all course syllabi
and other supporting materials from their previous institution.
Students planning to take one or more Communication courses abroad or away during
the summer session should discuss their plans well in advance of enrollment with
Alison Feather, Director of Student Services. Students fail to obtain approval before
registering for a Communication course abroad are at risk of not receiving study
abroad credits to fulfill major requirements. Evaluation of a current and complete
syllabus of the course is required for final approval. Syllabi may be submitted
ahead of enrollment if available, during the semester, or upon the student’s return.
In none of these cases is credit guaranteed. All syllabi should include complete
list of assigned readings, weekly reading assignments and topics of discussion,
and all instructions for projects and assignments. All submitted course materials
must be in English. Course materials that are not in English must be translated
by students before submission. Approved course credit may count either toward a
student’s intermediate major requirements or may count as elective credit
that helps fulfill degree requirements. Students seeking advanced major credit
must submit a final paper and syllabus for the course for review by the Associate
Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Requests should be made in a timely fashion. During
busy times of the year immediate responses to requests are not guaranteed.
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