International Transfer Credit Equivalency Policy

International Transfer Credit Equivalency Policy


International Transfer Credit Equivalency Policy

Credit will be considered for undergraduate courses taken at foreign institutions that are regionally accredited or approved by the government or the official regulating agency of the country. 

Credit requirements vary between educational systems.  The number of transfer credit awarded depends on the credit system of the institution.  The number of international transfer credits for each course is determined based on the number of credits a student has taken in a semester/academic year and the equivalency of the credit or contact hours between two institutions.

The most common credit conversions by education systems are listed below:

  • U.S. semester credit hour/unit system: 1 credit is considered equivalent to 1 U.S. semester credit hour/unit.  U.S. credits typically transfer on a 1:1 basis.
U.S. semester credit hour/unit system U.S. Equivalent
1 1
2 2
3 3


  • Contact hour credit system (the amount of credits earned depends on the time spent in class): Hours will be calculated so that 1 year of work is equal to approximately 30 semester hours of credit.


  • Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CAT): 1 US credit hour is equivalent to approximately 4-5 CAT points:
CAT Credits Approximate U.S. Equivalent
10 2
15 3
20 4


  • European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS): 1 ECTS is typically equivalent to 0.5 U.S. semester credit hours:
ECTS Credits Approximate U.S. Equivalent
2 1
4 2
6 3
8 4
10 5
12 6

 Students may be awarded more credit per ECTS unit, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


The systems mentioned above are the most common education systems.  Please contact Registrar’s Office regarding other systems.