Study Abroad Academic Policies
Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity for personal, professional, and academic development. Prior to departure, it is important to determine how courses taken abroad will enhance your overall academic plan and enrich your academic experience.
The policies outlined on this webpage are for students participating in SLU approved study abroad programs. Students participating in Non-SLU approved study abroad programs, should review the Non-SLU Approved Study Abroad Program webpage for additional information on academics and finances.
Course Approval & Credit Transfer for SLU Approved Study Abroad Programs:
Study abroad students must work closely with their academic advisors to discuss how a semester abroad will impact their overall academic plan.
Students are responsible for assuring that all courses taken abroad are approved prior to beginning coursework. The course approval form is designed to assist you in your study abroad preparations. Consistent with Saint Louis University's transfer policy, no credits from a study abroad program will be accepted unless all the necessary preliminary authorizations from the departments listed on this sheet have been obtained.
Please note that the study abroad course approval form is only good for one semester. If you study abroad for an academic year, you must complete one checklist for each semester.
Students may research current SLU equivalencies of study abroad courses, by program through the website of the Office of the University Registrar: registrar.slu.edu. If there is a course you are interested in taking that is not listed, you may submit an equivalency request form. The Office of International Services will work with the host institution, the Office of the University Registrar and the respective SLU department to determine the appropriate SLU equivalency.
Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors and have more courses approved than they intend to take abroad; should a student opt to change registration once abroad, additional course options have already been approved.
Any changes made to a student's registration while abroad must be approved by the student's academic advisor, mentor, department, and/or college representative.
Enrollment Abroad for SLU Approved Study Abroad Programs:
Saint Louis University students participating in semester or year study abroad programs must enroll for the equivalent of a full-time course load while abroad (a minimum of 12 Saint Louis University credit hours per semester).
It is imperative that all study abroad students maintain full-time enrollment status while abroad to remain in compliance with visa and financial aid requirements.
For students participating in non-Madrid study abroad programs, the Office of International Services will register study abroad students for a Study Abroad placeholder course while abroad. Once the Office of the Registrar receives the official transcript for a student's study abroad program, the placeholder course is removed and the actual courses, grades, and credit amounts are entered by the Office of the Registrar and appear on a student's transcript.
For summer programs, there is no minimum or maximum credit load required, unless otherwise specified by your host institution or program.
Grading Policies for SLU Approved Study Abroad Programs:
Grades for all SLU-approved exchange and study abroad courses will appear on a student's transcript and factor into a student's cumulative Saint Louis University GPA.
Many international universities do not use the same credit hour or grading system as Saint Louis University. Please research your host institution prior to departure to assure you understand how credit hours and grades apply to Saint Louis University.
Saint Louis University utilizes the World Education Services International Grade Conversion Guide for Higher Education, for students studying through international universities.
If you have any questions or would like any clarification regarding credit or grading equivalents, please contact the Office of International Services.
Study Abroad Transcripts:
Students participating in non-Madrid study abroad programs must request that all official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
Office of the University Registrar:
Saint Louis University
One Grand Blvd.
DuBourg Hall, Room 22
Saint Louis, MO 63103
For SLU-Approved study abroad and exchange programs, the titles of your study abroad courses, credit hours, and grades will all appear on your Saint Louis University transcript and will factor in to your credit totals and cumulative GPA. Each class will appear on your transcript for the term you were abroad.