FAQs

  • Who is eligible for International Transient Study?
    • Emory College students who meet ALL of the following:
      • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of preceding semester
      • Have fewer than 64 credit hours (Oxford students must be freshman who are planning to return to Oxford to finish their degree following their International Transient Studies) 
      • Be in good academic standing 
      • Be enrolled full-time at Emory College or Oxford the semester prior to and following their studies in home country 
      • Be on J-1 or F-1 visa status in the USA (and can provide a copy of I-20 or DS 2019 form)* 
      • Intending to enroll in an accredited university or institution in their home country
      • Have less than 24 transfer credit hours on their Emory transcript (including the hours you plan to take during your transient study summer, AP and IP or any transfer credit hours that are on you Emory transcript)** 
      • PLEASE NOTE:  *If you are not on a J-1 or F-1 visa, please contact Emory College Study Abroad to see if you still are eligible.* In cases where students have lived in multiple locations abroad, 'home country' or 'country of origin' is defined as the country where the student completed their high school education.
  • What courses can I take through International Transient Study?  Students are allowed to take 100 or 200 level courses. All applications, including courses are looked at on an individual basis. Emory College Study Abroad does not provide a list of approved courses or institutions. It is the student's responsibility to research courses, institutions and submit a completed application in order to receive transfer credit through the International Transient Study program. It is the student's responsibility to compare the host institution's course descriptions with the Emory course descriptions and propose an Emory equivalent.
  • May I fulfill General Education Requirement (GER) courses through International Transient Study?  Yes, with the exception of the following GERs which are not permitted to be taken outside of Emory College:
    • Area I. First-Year Seminar (FSEM) 
    • Area III. Continuing Writing Requirement (WRT) 
    • Area VIII. Personal Health (HTH) 
    • Area IX Principles of Physical Fitness (PED)
    • The First-Year Writing Requirement can be taken before or during the freshmen year and the summer directly after freshmen year.
    • PE Elective courses can be taken at another school to satisfy the GER requirement but the credits will not transfer to Emory College.
  • May I fulfill a major or minor requirement with Transient Study credit?  Yes, but only for 100-200 level courses. You must have departmental approval, a dean's approval, or approval from the Committee on Academic Standards, in order to have approved transient study credits fulfill an Emory College major or minor requirement. The department chair, dean in the Office for Undergraduate Education, and the Committee on Academic Standards require, in advance, certification of the advanced level of the proposed course(s), and compelling reason why course(s) cannot be taken at Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Can I take courses for elective credits? Yes. You may choose to take courses to accumulate credits for graduation requirements as long as the courses are equivalent to Emory courses.
  • What will happen if I receive a "C-" in a lecture course and an "A" in the lab course?  All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and you must earn a "C" or higher in courses in order to receive credit. Most of Emory 100 level courses with labs are averaged as one grade. The labs for these courses are not listed or enrolled in as separate courses. If you attend a host institution where the lecture and the lab courses are listed separately, you must receive a "C" or better in both courses in order for the credits to be equivalent to the Emory courses. Emory will not average out the grades.
  • May I take transient study courses on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis? No. You must take the course for a grade and receive a letter grade of "C" or above in order to earn credit through International Transient Study.
  • How many transient study courses/credits may I take during the summer?  Emory College students are permitted to take up to 10 credit hours during each summer session assuming there are only two summer sessions at the host institution. The maximum number of credit hours that Emory will accept within the two summer sessions is 20. Oxford students are permitted to transfer back up to 7 credit hours. The International Transient Study application allows students to list up to 6 courses. You should research and list as many courses as you may want to take in case some classes are closed or cancelled. This procedure prevents you from having to submit another application.
  • Where are the best locations to find Emory College of Arts and Sciences course descriptions?  Emory courses are listed in several locations. You should search the Emory College of Arts and Science website under the Course Atlas, Emory College Catalog and under the General Education Requirements (GER). All of these locations will assist you in understanding what courses are available and if these courses satisfy GERs, pre-requisites and major or minor requirements.
  • Am I required to meet with Emory College Study Abroad to submit an application for International Transient Study?  No, you are not required to meet with an Emory College Study Abroad advisor. If you have questions OTHER than those listed on this FAQ list, please contact Emory College Study Abroad at studyabroad@emory.edu.
  • Where is the International Transient Study office located?  Emory College Study Abroad reviews and approves the International Transient Study applications. The Office of International and Summer Programs (OISP) office is located in Candler Library, Suite 200. Contact with the office staff can be made by email at studyabroad@emory.edu.
  • When are International Transient Study applications due?  Applications are available each year beginning the first week in January. If you submit a completed application on or before April 15th you will receive an emailed response within three weeks. The International Transient Study applications are available online here.
  • Are International Transient Study and Domestic Transient study handled by the same office?  No, Emory College Study Abroad only processes International Transient Study applications. Domestic Transient Study applications are processed by the Office of Undergraduate Education. The Domestic Transient Study office is located in White Hall 300.
  • May I receive transient study credits by attending schools outside the United States?  Studying courses outside the borders of the United States is considered studying abroad. Domestic Transient Study gives you the opportunity to enroll at accredited institutions within the United States (including Puerto Rico and U.S Virgin Islands) during the summer, while you earn credits towards your Emory College of Arts and Sciences degree.  If you wish to take courses within the United States for transient study credit you must contact and apply through Domestic Transient Study.
  • How long does it take to process an application?  Completed applications received on or before April 15th will receive a response within three weeks. Completed applications received after April 15th are not guaranteed to receive a response within a three-week timeframe.
  • Is it true that I cannot participate in International Transient study after my first year at Emory?  Yes, students are only eligible to participate on this program the summer after their freshman year, regardless of credit hours. Students must also be returning to Emory for their sophomore year. This reflects Emory policy for all transient study.
  • As an international student can I earn credit through International Transient Study anywhere abroad?  No, you are only eligible to earn credit through International Transient Study in your HOME country. If you are interested in earning credit towards your Emory degree abroad outside of your home country during the summer research summer abroad programs here.
  • How much will it cost to take summer cost to take summer classes? Is there a fee for applying for International Transient Study?  You will pay tuition and fees to the host institution. As part of the International Transient Study application you will pay a one-time non-refundable $100 in the form of CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.
  • How will I know if I have been approved for International Transient Study?  You will receive an email with a Letter of Authorization which will indicate which courses have been approved. If you have questions regarding the Emory College Study Abroad online application system, please email studyabroad@emory.edu.
  • If all of my courses are approved, will I earn transfer credit for all of the courses?  As an Oxford student you can only receive transfer credit for 7 credit hours during the summer.  As an Emory College student you can only take up to 10 credit hours for each summer session. Additionally you cannot have more than 24 transfer credit hours on your Emory transcript (including the hours you plan to take during your transient study summer, AP and IP or any transfer credit hours that are on your Emory transcript).
  • Will my grades earned on International Transient Study be calculated in my Emory records?  International Transient study coursework only includes the transfer of credits; grades are not calculated into your Emory College GPA. You must receive a grade of 'C' or better in a course to receive credit on your Emory transcript.
  • What happens if I enroll in a three credit hour course and the Emory equivalent course is four credit hours?  You will receive credit on your Emory transcript for the number of credit hours shown on the transcript from the host institution. The course will still satisfy a GER, if applicable--no matter whether it is 3 or 4 credit hours.
  • When I return to Emory in the Fall, what do I need to do in order for my credits to successfully transfer?  In order for your credits to transfer, Emory College Study Abroad must receive your transcript for the courses directly from the host institution.
  • How long does it take to evaluate and post my transfer credits after Emory College Study Abroad receives my transcript?  Depending on the volume of other transcripts being received, one to four weeks will be needed to evaluate and post transferring credits. Please be advised that we will not post ANY credits without an official transcript showing your final grades directly from the host institution.
  • What happens if I do not do well and do not want to transfer the credits back to Emory?  You are not required to submit a transcript and transfer credits.
  • What if I need a hard copy of my transcript?  Please request additional transcripts from your host institution to be sent directly to you. Emory College Study Abroad will not provide copies of your transcript from your host institution.