Credit Conversion Guide


The information provided below is designed to assist you when advising students in the beginning of the study abroad process, and to help with transcript evaluation following completion of the student's time abroad.

Students receive credit for courses taken abroad as long as they earn passing marks. When evaluating a transcript or advising students, advisors and/or transcript evaluators can consider the differences among grading scales in different countries. France, for example, has a grading scale of 1 to 20, with 20 being the highest mark possible. However, French students rarely receive 20s, and it is unlikely that a non-native speaker would receive such a grade. Advisors/transcript evaluators can take into account the student's progress over the course of their studies abroad, whether the courses taken are being applied toward their major or count toward elective credit, etc. If you have questions about grading scales, please contact the Study Abroad Office.

All credit earned abroad must be accounted for on the transcript evaluation and applied to the student's transcript. If a USC course is worth 3 credits and the overseas course equivalent is worth 5 U.S. credits, students receive 3 credits for the course and the remaining credit will be awarded as general credit toward graduation. Credit is not awarded if the student has a poor class attendance record, has withdrawn from the class, and/or has earned failing marks even when taking into account the differences in grading scales between their host country and the U.S.

Transcripts provided by other program providers are typically accompanied by further explanation of the grading scale in the student's host country, along with contact hours and grades/credit earned. Transcripts received directly from foreign institutions, such as those received from USC exchange and affiliate partners, will not normally be accompanied by further explanation. The credit conversion chart below should help in determining credit equivalencies per course as well as the maximum number of credits per semester for which students are permitted to enroll, where applicable, at USC's partner institutions. However, if an advisor/transcript evaluator has questions regarding the conversion of credits, evaluation of grades, or related issues, they can contact the Study Abroad Office for assistance.


Grading Conversions for USAC Partnership Programs
The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) is a pre-approved global partner with USC.  The USAC Partnership Programs Grading Conversion sheet explains how USAC Partnership University’s transcripts can be translated to the US grading system. Also included is an explanation of how many local credits equal US credits (for example one Deakin University credit equals four US credits) and how their course division/numbering system can be read.


Argentina

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Palermo

4

1 Palermo credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 4 credits.

4

Students generally take four courses per semester.


Aruba

Institution Host Institution Academic Units U.S. Equivalent Credits
University of Aruba

3

1 Aruba credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 3 credits.
3

Students typically take 12-15 credits per semester.


Australia

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Deakin University 1 credit per unit

3-4 credits= full time load
1 Deakin credit = 4 USC credits

Murdoch University

3 - 4

1 Murdoch credit = 1.25 U.S. credits. Students must take a minimum of 12 credit points (3-4 courses per semester). Some courses are 3 credit points (generally first year or 100 level courses) and some courses are 4 credit points (200 level or higher).

3.75 - 5

It is advised that 12 Murdoch credits transfer back as 15 U.S. credits

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 12 credit points per unit

36 credits= full time load
48 credits= standard load
12 QUT points= 4 USC credits

USC students should take 4 courses for a total of 16 USC credits.

University of Newcastle

10

10 Newcastle credits = 3 U.S. credits. Most courses are worth 10 or 20 units.

3

Students must take a minimum of 40 units (12 U.S. credits) per semester.

University of Queensland

2

2 UQ Units= 3 U.S. credits.

3

Students typically take 4 courses (8 units) per semester, earning 12 USC credits.


Austria

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU)

6

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 6 ECTS credits.

3

Students can take a maximum of 30 ECTS credits plus one course per semester.

University of Vienna 6

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credit.

Courses vary from 2-8 ECTS credits each
3

Students should take no more than 30 ECTS credits plus one course per semester.

Chile

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Universidad de Chile

10

10 Universidad de Chile credits = 3 U.S. credits.

Courses are listed in the Universidad de Chile handbook as 10 credits/3 hours, and are equivalent to 3 U.S. credits. 

3

Students generally take 4-5 courses.


China (including Macao & Hong Kong)

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Chinese University of Hong Kong 3 credit hours per course 3 CUHK credits = 3 USC credits
Fudan University

Macao - Institute for Tourism Studies

3

1 ITS credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses carry 3 credits, but a few grant 2 credits

3

Students must take a minimum of 14-15 semester hours of credit

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 1-3 credits per course, depending on contact hours 1 JTU credit= 1 USC credit

2 JTU credits= 3 USC
credits

3 JTU credits= 4 USC credits
Tsinghua University 3 TU credits per course, typically 3 TU credits= 3 USC credits

Denmark

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

3

1 DIS credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses carry 3 credits, but a few grant 1, 2 or 6 credits.

3

Students must take a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit.


Egypt

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units U.S. Equivalent Credits
Misr International University (MIU) 3

1 MIU credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 3 credits.
3

Students can take a maximum of 30 ECTS credits plus one course per semester.
American University of Cairo (AUC) 3

1 AUC credit = 1 U.S. credit

Most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.
3

Students typically take four to five courses per semester.


England

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Hull

20

1 U.S. credit = 4 U of Hull credits.

Courses (or "modules") are typically worth 20 credits.

5 - 5.5

Students must take 60 U. of Hull credits per semester (15 U.S. credits).

University of Kent

15

1 U.S. credit = 3.75 U of Kent credits. Courses (or "modules") are weighted at 15, 30, 45 credits (or, respectively, 4, 8, 12 U.S. credit hours).

4

Students must take 60 U of Kent credits per semester (16 U.S. credits).

University of Leeds

20

1 U.S. credit = 4 U of Leeds credits. Modules are generally worth 10 or 20 credits (some are worth 5; others up to 30).

5 - 5.5

Students must take 60 U of Leeds credits per semester (15 U.S. credits), generally between three and six courses (or "modules").

University of Teesside

20

1 U.S. credit = 4 U of Teesside credits. Courses (or "modules") are typically worth 20 or 40 credits though there are a few 10 credit modules.

5

Students take 120 U of Teesside credits for the academic year, equivalent to 30 U.S. credits.

University of Warwick

30

1 U.S. credit = 3 CATS.

Warwick uses the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) to express credit weightings for each academic unit.

10

Students typically take three, year-long courses worth 30 CATS or 10 U.S. credits each.


France

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

American Business School - Paris

3

1 ABSP credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 3 credits.

3

Students typically take four to five courses per semester.

ESSEC Business School 3

1 ABSP credit = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 3 credits.
3

Students typically take four to five courses per semester.

Institut International de Commerce et Distribution (ICD)

2-6

1 ICD credit= 1 U.S credit.

ICD's course credits can vary by class.

2-6

Students typically take four to five courses per semester. 

Sciences Po

5

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credits.

Courses generally carry 5 ECTS credits but may range from 2 - 9 ECTS credits.

2.5

Students typically take 30 ECTS credits per semester, equivalent to 15 U.S. credits.

Université de Haute-Alsace

6

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credits.

Courses are generally worth 3-6 ECTS credits.

3

Students typically take 30 ECTS credits per semester, equivalent to 15 U.S. credits.


Germany

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Bamberg

Students will receive three U.S. credits for each course taken in Bamberg, provided that they receive a satisfactory grade report (Schein) for the course.

Students typically receive 15 U.S. credit hours per semester.

University of Mannheim (Business School) 6

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 6 ECTS credits.
3

Students should not take more than 30 ECTS credits per semester.


Ireland

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Limerick

3

1 U of Limerick credit = 1 U.S. credit. Courses are worth 3 credits and meet approximately 45 hours per semester.

3

Students are required to take 5 courses per semester.


Italy

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

LUISS Business School 6-8 ECTS per course

24 ECTS= full time load
30 ECTS= maximum load
6 ECTS = 3 USC credits
8 ECTS = 4 USC credits

Japan

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Kansai University

Culture Classes= 2

Language Classes= 2

Students will enroll in 2 Japanese language courses (total of 4 Kansai credits= 8 USC credits) and 3 Japanese culture courses (total of 6 Kansai credits= 6 USC credits).

2

4

Students earn 14 USC credits per semester.


Mexico

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Monterrey Tech

3

1 Monterrey Tech credit = 1 U.S. credit. Courses generally carry 3 credits but may range from 3-6 credits. Credits earned are reported on the host university transcript as "units". Eight units earned = 3 Monterrey Tech credits/3 U.S. credits and 16 units earned are worth 6 Monterrey Tech credits/6 U.S. credits.

3

Students typically take four to five courses per semester.


The Netherlands

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Groningen

5-6

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 5-6 ECTS credits.
  3

Students should not take more than 30 ECTS credits per semester.

New Zealand

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Waikato

15

1 U.S. credit = 5 U of Waikato credits. Courses are typically worth 15-20 credit points (or, 3-4 U.S. credits).

3

Students may enroll for a maximum of 70 credit points (14 U.S. semester hours).


Scotland

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

University of Dundee

20

1 U.S. credit = 4 U of Dundee credits. Each course is typically worth 20 SCOTCATs (5 U.S. credits) or 30 for some senior level courses (7.5 U.S. credits).

5

Students typically take three courses per semester (60 SCOTCATs), equivalent to 15 U.S. credits.

University of Strathclyde

15

1 U.S. credit = 3.75 U of Strathclyde credits. Each course is typically worth 15 credits (4 U.S. credits).

4

Students take 60 credits per semester (typically four courses), equivalent to16 U.S. credits.


South Korea

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Sookmyung Women's University

3

1 Sookmyung credit = 1 U.S. credit. All courses are worth 3 credits each.

3

Students typically take four to five courses per semester.

Yonsei University 3 credit hours per course 3 Yonsei credits = 3 USC credits

Spain

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV)

Global Exchange Program

45-60 hours

15 course hours = 1 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 45 hours.

3-4

For the semester, the focus is on taking major courses in Spanish. Students can enroll in up to 5 courses.

Exchange program students have the option of adding the intensive language and culture program for an additional fee (6 credits).

Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF)

4.5

Semester-long courses are 4.5 CUNEF credits

3


Sweden

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Jönkoöping International Business School (JIBS)

7.5

1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credit.

Most courses are worth 7.5 ECTS credits (or, approximately 4 U.S. credits).

4

Students are allowed to take up to 30 ECTS credits (typically four courses) per semester. The only exception under which more than 30 ECTS credits per semester can be taken is to take one of the language courses, Swedish I or Swedish II, as a fifth course.


Switzerland

Institution Host Institution Academic Units U.S. Equivalent Credits
St. Gallen University

6 ECTS per course

24 ECTS= full time load
30 ECTS= maximum load
6 ECTS= 3 USC credits


Taiwan

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Ming Chuan University

3

1 MCU Credit= 1 U.S credit

3

Students typically take four or five courses per semester.


Wales

Institution

Host Institution Academic Units

U.S. Equivalent Credits

Swansea University

10

1 U.S. credit = 3.34 U of Swansea credits.

Courses (or "modules") are weighted at 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 30 credits (or, respectively, 2, 3, 4, 5/6, 8 U.S. credit hours).

3

Students may enroll for a maximum of 60 credit points (18 U.S. semester hours) and a minimum of 50 credit points per semester.