Course Approval

All students must turn in a course approval form before leaving campus. We suggest getting more classes approved before leaving campus than you will actually take abroad so that you have some flexibility during registration when you arrive abroad.

If there are any changes to your courses when you arrive abroad, you must obtain approval for the course via email. Please keep in mind the time difference and the fact that obtaining course approval from abroad may take a few days. Please use these guidelines to obtain credit from abroad.

Be attentive to detail, persistent, and polite in order to get courses approved via distance.

List of department chairs

If a course falls outside of our regular department headings, email the departments you think would be a good fit. When emailing all possible contacts, make it apparent that you are sending the request to multiple departments and inform all that you are not sure where this course may fall.

Send the contact person any (preferably all) of the following:

  • Brief information on who you are and where you are studying (include program and possibly the program/university website)
  • Course title and description
  • Course syllabus
  • Textbook info
  • Any additional info you may have
  • Request approval to take the course (for your major, minor, etc.)
  • Request the number of Lehigh credits you would like for the course plus the course title and number of the Lehigh class which would replace the course from abroad.

If approved, send a copy of the final email approval to the Study Abroad Office at

Sample email:

Dear Professor Smith,

I am a MAJOR student currently studying abroad in CITY/COUNTRY at UNIVERSITY/PROGRAM.

Unfortunately, some of the courses I originally had approved aren't being offered. Would you please approve the following 3-credit Education course to count toward my major/minor/electives/etc.? Since I am now abroad, I will only need an email confirmation of approval in addition to the Lehigh University course title and number that it will fulfill.

Course title/listing
Course description
Textbook information
Course syllabus

Please let me know if you need any additional information. 

Please review the above course description and respond to this email with your decision. I have included my study abroad advisor on this email and I ask that you include her in your response.



You must repeat this procedure for each individual course for which you need approval.