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Academics Overview

Course Changes While Abroad

In some instances it is not possible to register for courses prior to arriving on site.  When this occurs, students must contact their academic advisor via e-mail to review the new courses and then submit a course equivalency request to the relevant faculty reviewer.

AU Core Courses Abroad

Students may apply up to two courses on an approved AU Abroad program towards Habits of Mind, Quantitative Reasoning II (Q2), Written Communication and Information Literacy II (W2), and Diversity and Equity (DIV) requirements, provided the courses have been appropriately designated by the Office of the University Registrar. 

If you’re planning to study abroad and want to satisfy one Core requirement with a different course, you can help the Core Committee determine whether a course taken abroad should be added to the list for other students in future semesters and you can earn Core credit in the process—simply by sharing your learning experience in the course.

For a list of courses that have already been approved and instructions on the process for petitioning courses taken abroad for the AU Core may be found here.

Taking Courses on a Pass/Fail Basis

Students may receive credit at AU on a pass/fail basis in accordance with current AU undergraduate academic regulation. Students may change a course to pass/fail by completing the online request form. Changes will be accepted up until the end of the tenth week of the semester at your program abroad or the equivalent for summer and other non-standard sessions. Students are responsible for verifying that such changes are reflected in their official student record. Absolutely no changes will be made after the first ten weeks of classes. AU Abroad cannot, under any circumstances, change grades retroactively to pass/fail. Even if a student elects to take a course pass/fail at AU, they MUST take the course for a grade at their host institution.

PLEASE NOTE: SIS courses abroad and courses which are equated to SIS courses CANNOT be taken pass/fail.

On-Line Courses

Students CANNOT take on-line courses at AU or any other institution while they are studying abroad. The ONLY exception is ECON - 458: Economics of World Regions.

All students who study abroad through AU Abroad will be required to sign a study abroad participation agreement. The philosophy of AU Abroad is to provide me with cultural immersion in the context of an engaging and rigorous academic program.

Attendance in all scheduled classes and program activities is expected. On programs that are custom-designed for study abroad students, such attendance is mandatory: this is a requirement for the awarding of academic credit.

Absence from scheduled classes and other required program activities may only be excused for the following reasons:

  1. Genuine illness (i.e. not hangovers or other self-inflicted conditions)
  2. Accident
  3. Other emergency situations

Excused absences may only be granted by Program/host university administrative staff, not by individual faculty members.

Students may not miss classes and required activities for personal reasons such as vacation travel or visits from family and friends.

When traveling independently on weekends or scheduled holiday breaks, students must provide contact information and details regarding their whereabouts to the program/host university administrative staff.

Students are required to complete their full term of study abroad, including sitting any scheduled examinations. They may not end their term of study abroad early unless there is an emergency.

Students are held to the AU Code of Student Conduct at all times during their term of study abroad.

Persistent tardiness or unexcused absences will result in negative consequences, which may include but not be limited to reduced / failing grades in the effected classes, disciplinary action, probation, or dismissal from the program.  In addition, students who take unexcused absences for personal travel may void their coverage through the AU international emergency insurance policy.

For more details on the differences between the education systems abroad and those in the United States, please click on the links below: