When thinking about whether or not to pursue a non-affiliated program instead of a program that has been vetted and approved by the Learning Abroad Center or another unit on campus, consider the following.
You are responsible for paying all program fees to your non-affiliated program provider or university. They will bill you directly.
The payment deadline of your Non-affiliated Program will likely be before University of Minnesota financial aid is distributed. It is your responsibility to arrange payment directly with the non-affiliated institution, the University of Minnesota cannot advance your financial aid disbursement date.
Why jump through all the extra hoops if it is not necessary? To figure out what other programs might be a better fit for you:
Review the Learning Abroad Center program offerings. In addition to the programs listed in our Program Search,UMTC students are able to attend any programs through our affiliates. These programs are referred to as non-promoted affiliate options. To see a list of the Learning Abroad Center's affiliates and the fee reductions they offer UMTC students, please visit the Affiliated Program Fee Reduction webpage.
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Transcripts need to come from an accredited, degree-granting, tertiary-level institution. If they do not, you will not receive credit at the University of Minnesota for your work.
The courses you take must be similar to courses offered at the University of Minnesota in order for them to transfer to UMTC for credit.
The credit must be posted as the host institution’s course on the host institution’s transcript.
Admissions will not post transfer credit for any graduate level course taken by an undergraduate.
To find out if UMTC will potentially accept the coursework you are considering and which liberal education requirements it might fill, contact the Office of Admissions. Admissions can only give tentative approval and cannot guarantee that particular coursework will transfer in. The Office of Admissions makes the final decision on transfer credit after reviewing your completed transcript from your study abroad program.
You will not receive resident credit for a non-affiliated program. Transfer credits are recorded on your UMTC transcript as a block of total earned credits (individual courses will not be listed) and are not included in your UMTC GPA. Review the University of Minnesota Board of Regents' guidelines regarding the awarding of transfer credit.
There are strict limits on the amount of transfer credit, as well as S/N credit, you can take at UMTC. Check with your academic adviser about transfer credit and S/N guidelines for your college and major.
If you are hoping to use your coursework abroad for your major or minor, consult with your major/minor adviser about the specific courses you plan to take abroad and if they can potentially (or can not) be applied to your major/minor. Advisers can only give tentative approval and can not officially guarantee that any classes will be accepted by Admissions upon return.
Transcripts from study abroad can take from several weeks to a several months to be sent to the University of Minnesota. While it is not always the case, some students have had to wait over one year for their transcripts to arrive from a foreign institution.
This delay can be especially important to consider if you hope to graduate within one semester after your study abroad program.
You are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credit enrollment status per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by your study abroad program, whichever is greater.
Review the organization's web site to be sure that there is clear information about faculty selection, course structure, support staff, emergency procedures, orientation, and housing.