Grades and Credit for Study Abroad and Global Education Programs

Will I receive academic credit for courses I take on SAGE programs?

Yes, students will be awarded credit for classes successfully completed from an approved study abroad or semester internship program if they:

  • apply by the deadline,
  • obtain approval by faculty advisers or the registrar for their classes,
  • are approved for participation by the Committee on Study Abroad (COSA),
  • pay Scripps comprehensive fees for tuition, room and board and remain concurrently enrolled as a Scripps student for the semester away.

Additionally, students are required to enroll in a full course load of 15 -16 semester credits (or the equivalent), while participating. The Scripps Registrar records the courses and grades as resident credit on the official Scripps transcript with 15-16 semester credits resulting in 3.75 – 4.0 courses at Scripps.  Credit systems vary widely in other parts of the world so students should consult carefully with a SAGE adviser and the program sponsor adviser to understand the course credit equivalencies.

Will my grades be calculated into my Scripps GPA?

Yes, all grades earned on approved, semester or year-long study abroad or internship programs are considered resident credit and will be included in the Scripps cumulative GPA.  Students may not take an incomplete when studying off-campus. Classes must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill any requirements for a major, minor or general education requirement; however, in accordance with the Scripps grading policy on campus, students may choose to take one purely elective class as a Pass/Fail gradewhile studying away by completing paperwork in the SAGE office.

While participating on a study away program, students are enrolled in a 4 course credit class, ID 100, until receipt of an official transcript. Note:  ID100 is a placeholder only, the amount of credit is not determined until receipt of the program transcript.  Successful completion of a SAGE program typically results in 3.75 to 4 Scripps credits with a few programs allowing additional credit.   Many countries process transcripts on a different schedule, often several months after completion of the program.  Scripps has no control over when foreign universities provide the transcript. Grades and credit are posted to a student’s record as each transcript is received.  Once all transcripts from a semester are received, the Registrar calculates the Dean’s List for SAGE participants.

Will any courses completed while on a SAGE program count toward my major/minor requirements?

With prior departmental approval, most participants find that they can fulfill major/minor department electives with some courses from a semester study abroad or internship program. Consult your departmental faculty advisers and the Scripps catalog for guidance.  Certain courses must be taken on campus and each department determines how many courses taken outside of the Claremont Colleges can count towards the major.

Not every program offers coursework in all the possible majors at Scripps College, so students should be aware of this as they choose a program.  All credit for classes taken within disciplines offered at the undergraduate Claremont Colleges will count towards graduation.  Note:  Pre-professional and business courses are not offered at the Claremont Colleges and are not eligible for credit at Scripps.

Is it possible to complete general education (GE) requirements while away?

Yes, students have fulfilled certain general education requirements with courses from abroad. Some are more easily accomplished than others, and options to do so depend on the type of program.  Here are some things to keep in mind when planning ahead for study abroad:

  • In order to fulfill a requirement, a minimum of 3 semester units (or .75 of a Scripps course) is required.  It is not possible to combine two classes with fewer credits to meet a general education requirement.
  • Race and Ethnic Studies – must be completed in Claremont. See more information in the Scripps catalog here .
  • Gender and Women’s Studies – may be possible with courses from abroad only on a petition basis.  The petition form can be downloaded from the registrar’s office page.  In most cases, the petition will be filed after completion of the course abroad.
  • Natural Science with a lab and Math:  for non-STEM majors, it is not advisable to complete the general education requirements for either math or a natural science with lab while abroad because of the difficulty in finding comparable introductory level courses.  Most programs expect a background of 3 or more courses in science or math prior to attempting courses in either of these fields abroad.
  • Fine Arts, Letters, Social Science may be possible to fulfill on some programs, and in certain cases, completing the third semester of the Foreign Language requirement may be possible. The availability of compatible classes varies with each program and students should not expect that every program offers these options.
  • Consultation with faculty advisers, department chairs, the registrar and SAGE advisers before enrolling in classes is part of the application process and safeguards receipt of credit.

Is it possible to take science (or pre-med, engineering, or comp science) classes on SAGE programs?

Students can enroll in comparable science courses in English-speaking universities for elective credit in a STEM major, participate in a field-work program, or concentrate on fulfilling general education or other pre-med requirements while abroad.  Certainly, all majors are able to participated in a SAGE program.  Faculty at Keck Science are supportive of students including a semester of study away in their four-year plan.  Students should inform their faculty adviser early of a potential interest in SAGE programs because planning ahead will allow more program options for the semester away.

Are there any courses that are not eligible for credit at Scripps?

If the discipline is not included in the list of liberal arts majors possible at the Claremont Colleges, then classes in that discipline are not generally eligible for credit towards graduation at Scripps.  Some examples of classes not typically eligible for credit at Scripps because the Claremont Colleges do not offer a major in that discipline include business classes, including but not limited to: marketing, management, advertising, merchandising, as well as nursing, pharmacy, law, hospitality and tourism, cooking or wine-making classes.