Study Abroad and Transfer Credit

Courses taken outside the University of Pennsylvania may be considered for credit. These include courses completed at other universities by students transferring to Penn, courses taken for study abroad, and summer courses taken at other universities.

Credit is limited to courses judged to be academically comparable in scope and general focus to those typically offered at the Annenberg School. No more than three communication credits from outside universities may receive credit. Some courses offered as Communication courses elsewhere (e.g., advertising, marketing, literature, public speaking/rhetoric, practical skills in journalism) may be more appropriately considered for credit by another school or department at the University of Pennsylvania. Credit is not given for online courses or for practical media production courses without theoretical underpinnings (e.g., photography, film production).  

To request transfer credit, students must login to XCAT (External Course Approval Tool) and submit all course syllabi and other supporting materials. Students seeking transfer credit for study abroad or summer courses must submit all supporting materials via XCAT in advance of enrollment.  Evaluation of a current and complete syllabus of the course is required for final approval. Syllabi should include a complete list of assigned readings, weekly reading assignments and topics of discussion, and detailed instructions for projects and assignments. All submitted course materials must be in English. (Course materials that are not in English must be translated before submission.) 

Advance consultation for outside summer courses or study abroad is essential. Students who fail to obtain credit approval via XCAT before registering for a Communication course outside of Penn may not fulfill major requirements because the courses for which they registered do not meet the threshold for School approval. Students should meet with Dr. Kim Woolf to discuss how studying abroad can fit in with your Communication major and major-related opportunities. Communication Majors should also meet with Alison Feather to review the major worksheet to see what credits are needed to graduate on time. 

Approved study abroad and study away course credits are normally assigned the number COMM 298. Students can complete up to 3 COMM 298 courses toward their COMM major elective requirements. Alternatively, approved courses may count for elective credit that helps fulfill degree requirements. Students seeking Communication major credit at the 300 level must submit a final paper and syllabus for the course for review by Dr. Kim Woolf, Academic Advisor and Research Supervisor for Undergraduate Studies.

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