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Study Abroad

Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors are vital to a student’s global engagement. This information is designed to assist you to help your students be Global Cougs at Washington State University.

Interest in Global Learning

Opportunities

The Office of International Programs Global Learning Department has opportunities for students available at WSU Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver, as well as the Global Campus.

Send your students to Global Cougs 101 to learn more about all the International Programs has to offer.

In addition, the Office of International Programs Global Services Department offers a Peer Mentors program and internships are available through the IP-International Center.

Study Abroad

Work with your students to build study abroad into their four-year plans.

  • Programs for each major or area interest
  • Fall, spring or summer program options available

Note: Graduation dates may be delayed for students going abroad their final semester.

Eligibility

To participate in a WSU Study Abroad opportunity, students must meet the following requirements.

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above at the time of application
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program
  • Be in good standing with the WSU Office of Student Conduct
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking)
  • Complete a WSU Study Abroad application by the deadline

Note: Different program types may have additional requirements or require a higher GPA. The Global Learning Department will check GPA and students’ WSU conduct record before approving a study abroad experience.

Why Be a Global Coug?

Studies show there are many benefits to study abroad.

  • Higher GPA and retention rates compared to students who stay on campus
  • More marketability after graduation
  • Meets WSU’s strategic goal to graduate globally-minded citizens
  • Fulfills academic requirements
  • Is an adventure of a lifetime

The Office of International Programs Global Learning staff is available to answer questions.

Study Abroad Application Phase

Students are encouraged to start planning a year in advance.

Deadlines

WSU application deadlines vary depending on the term and type of program. Students may need to complete additional applications for their intended program.

Study Abroad Forms

Various forms are required. All forms must be submitted to IP-Global Learning. The only form an academic advisor needs to sign is the course pre-approval form.

Course Pre-Approval Form

Advisors assist students with completing the course pre-approval/internship form after a program has been chosen.

  • Use the form to approve which courses taken abroad will fulfill requirements at WSU
  • Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors well in advance to review courses
  • Students should bring a course description or syllabi to be evaluated by their academic advisor
    • Your department should establish a course review process
  • A completed Course Pre-Approval form must be submitted to IP-Global Learning prior to departure

If you have questions about how to complete a course pre-approval form contact IP-Global Learning or follow the Course Pre-Approval Guide for Advisors.

The advising resource page contains evaluations of UCORE courses completed during students’ education abroad experiences. New courses can be evaluated for UCORE designations by following the instructions on the course pre-approval form.

Students Abroad

Placeholder Credits

Unless taking classes on a Faculty-Led Program, students are enrolled in placeholder credits associated with education abroad by the Global Learning Department. These credits are labeled EA or ISE on their myWSU accounts. If you have any questions regarding placeholder credits, please contact Global Learning.

Updates to the Course Pre-Approval Form

If your student needs to change a class while abroad, he/she should contact you to approve any changes. Submit your approval directly to the Global Learning Department. Changes can be submitted in an email or on the course pre-approval form.

Registration for Next Term

Students may have to register for WSU classes while they are abroad and should discuss this with you prior to departure.

Post Study Abroad

Transcripts and Graduation

Study Abroad transcripts, while uncommon, may take up to six months to arrive at WSU and be processed. For graduating students, this can delay their graduation date.

Once received by the Office of International Programs Global Learning Department, transcripts are sent to International Admissions along with the Course Pre-Approval Form(s) for processing. An Education Abroad Credit (EAC) Evaluation Form is generated and sent to the student’s academic advisor.

Students will receive an automated email notification when transcripts have been received by Global Learning.

Education Abroad Credit (EAC) Evaluation

The Education Abroad Credit (EAC) evaluation form is used to convert credits earned abroad into WSU compatible credits for the student’s academic record.

The EAC Form lists the student’s information, EAC course number, course title abbreviation, WSU converted credit and grade, course title as listed on transcript, and foreign credit value.

This form is used by University personnel to reference Education Abroad (ED_ABRD) courses listed on a student’s academic report for departmental approved exceptions.

900 Series Credits

For students who have returned from their education abroad experience and had transcripts evaluated, ED_ABRD course listings will appear on their WSU Course History and Transcript. These courses replace the EA or ISE placeholder credits.

ED_ABRD courses, also referred to as EACs, are designated 900-999, and each has a specific association. The most common are 900-913 for lower division undergraduate and 915-929 for upper division undergraduate.

Incompletes and SAP Denial

After the semester ends, any placeholder credits without a grade will become an incomplete or an “I” grade. Incomplete grades or insufficient progress could trigger a SAP denial of funds for the following semester.

Students are advised to contact Student Financial Services with a reminder that they studied abroad for a specific term. In most cases, this resolves the situation.

If transcripts are not received within a year, the incomplete grades become an “F.”

Other Opportunities for Students

Once your students have returned, there are many opportunities for them to continue their global experiences at WSU.