Credit Transfer


  • Students will only receive credit for programs that have been approved by the Lehigh Abroad Faculty Policy Board.  Approved programs are listed here and in some cases students may petition to have an alternate program approved.
  • Courses to be taken abroad must be approved before students leave campus.  Students must complete and submit the Application for Course Approval form to the Study Abroad Office.  Students complete this form by obtaining approval for each individual course from the appropriate academic department at Lehigh, and signatures must be received from the appropriate Department Chairs and your academic advisor. 
  • Once abroad, if you enroll in a course that is not listed on your Application for Course Approval, you must obtain approval for the course via e-mail while abroad following these guidelines.
  • Students must register for a minimum of 12 Lehigh credits per semester (and register with fulltime status as prescribed by the host institution).  Students may register for a maximum of 16 Lehigh credits per semester abroad. 
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” (or the local equivalent) in each class abroad in order for the credit to be transferred to your Lehigh transcript.  Credits bearing a “C-“grade or lower will not transfer.  
  • Students cannot repeat a course that has substantially the same content as a course already taken at Lehigh.
  • Study abroad courses may not be used to delete a prior “D” or “F” from a student’s cumulative GPA at Lehigh.
  • For each course taken abroad, the credit hours and the Lehigh equivalent course title (as listed on the Application for Course Approval) will appear on your Lehigh transcript.
  • Although the credits will transfer back to your Lehigh degree, no grades will transfer, your GPA will not be affected, and grades will not be posted to your Lehigh transcript.  Note that you will receive a host institution transcript listing your grades and courses; graduate schools or employers will request these original transcripts listing grades during an application process.
  • Students must take all courses abroad for a letter grade.  Pass/fail courses will NOT be accepted for Lehigh credit.
  • Each student is responsible for requesting an official transcript be sent to the Lehigh University Study Abroad Office from the host institution/program after completion of the term(s) abroad. 
  • Final approval of credit hours is made by the Lehigh University Registrar after receipt of a final transcript.
  • All students sign the Study Abroad Credit Issues form at the mandatory pre-departure meeting.

Lehigh Faculty-Led

  • Courses taught on Lehigh Faculty-led study abroad programs are official Lehigh University classes. Course names and grades will be posted to your transcript and your GPA will be affected.
  • Course overload policy:  Students participating on a Faculty Led program cannot enroll in any online courses during the same summer session that students are attending a Faculty-led program.  Therefore, students cannot take both an online course and attend a Faculty-led program during the same summer session.   See the Registrar’s web site for full details on Lehigh’s overload policy.
  • Students will not register for the Faculty-led courses.  Students accepted to the program will be automatically registered for their courses by the Study Abroad Office.

Summer/Winter Non-Lehigh-Led

  • Students must complete the Registrar's Office Approval of Transfer Credit form prior to leaving campus.
  • Pass / Fail courses are not acceptable for transfer.
  • Courses taken at a two year or four year institution where a grade lower than a “C” has been earned will not transfer. (C- or below will not transfer).
  • Transfer courses may not be used to delete a prior “D” or “F” grade from your cumulative grade point average at Lehigh University.  Transfer grades are NOT calculated in the Lehigh GPA.
  • Only those courses listed and approved on this form will transfer.  Any student taking courses different from those listed may risk having the course not be eligible for transfer credit.
  • No student may receive more credit at Lehigh than was granted on the host institution’s transcript.  Courses taken on the quarter system will have credit granted on a 3-2 ratio, and no partial credit will be awarded.  The student will receive credit equivalent to the number of credits indicated on the transcript, up to the number of credits for the equivalent course at Lehigh.  The registrar has the final authority for the amount of credit awarded toward a Lehigh degree.
  • No credit will be granted for a course in which the student has already received credit for its equivalent at Lehigh.
  • No credit will be granted for continuing education unit courses, courses taken on-line, January or intersession courses, correspondence, independent study, or any course less than 5 weeks and/or 15 contact hours per credit without approval of a petition to the Standing of Students Committee.
  • Courses taken while in high school may require additional documentation.  All questions should be directed to the registrar.