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Foreign Course Reviews
The International Education Office strongly encourages students to have their courses reviewed before studying abroad. Follow these simple steps to submit courses for review.
1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your degree progress. Use your APAS to find out which courses you still need to take to complete your degree.
2. Check the approved course database below to find out what courses have already been approved at the host institution. If a course you want to take is listed on the database, you do not need to submit that particular course for review.
3. If the course you want to take is not on the database, complete the Foreign Course Review Form. Print out the form and attach a copy of the foreign course syllabus. Submit both the form and syllabus to the International Education Office. Complete a new form for every course you want to have reviewed.
4. The International Education Office will send the course review form and syllabus to the appropriate UMD department for review. Once the form has been returned to the International Education Office (generally within 2-4 weeks), results of the review will be emailed to you directly.
5. The course will then be added to the course database.
Beginning Fall Semester 2010, courses taken during study abroad programs will show on the transcript with a FORS (Foreign Studies) designator at the 1xxx, 2xxx, 3xxx or 4xxx level as determined by the appropriate UMD department. The foreign course title (in English) will also show on the transcript. An APAS exception will be made by the collegiate unit student affairs office for courses as necessary, based on the results of the foreign course review. The APAS exception will only be made after grades have been posted for the study abroad program.
Course equivalencies can count in three different ways:
1. A foreign course with a direct UMD course equivalency
Course Equivalency Database
Click on the PDF icon to view foreign course equivalencies. The database is sorted by country, city, sponsor and university. To make your search more expedient, use Ctrl+F and type in the item for which you wish to search.
This database will be updated bi-monthly. Course equivalencies are valid for a period of five years, after which a new review must be conducted.
Courses listed may not be offered each term abroad. We encourage you to check with your program provider to ensure course offerings.
Approved Course Equivalency Database [PDF]