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Study Abroad Credits

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:41 pm
by supertrooper312
Hi, I understand that this is a widely discussed topic, but I've searched through the forum but haven't found an explicit answer to this question:

I do not attend NYU but studied abroad with the NYU Prague program for one semester, completing 4 classes. If I did attend NYU, these course credits would count as regular NYU classes and would count toward my GPA. Because I do not attend NYU, they are pass/fail credits at my host US university.

Will the courses I took abroad count toward my LSAC GPA?

Much of what I've read has indicated that they will, but a pre-law adviser at my university told me otherwise. Hence the confusion.

Re: Study Abroad Credits

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:14 pm
by middlebear
I don't think they would, but I'm not 100% on that. I did something similar with summer courses and I think it counted as a "Credit Received" the way it did for my school.

Re: Study Abroad Credits

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:01 am
by BillsFan9907
How are they reported on your transcript? When I did a study abroad in South Africa the credit was translated onto my final transcript, they grades weren't.

Re: Study Abroad Credits

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:43 am
by strugglebus
http://www.lsac.org//jd/applying-to-law ... ts/?view=1

LSAC wrote:Law schools require you to send all transcripts from the following institutions you may have attended:
institutions that clearly sponsored your overseas study. Clear sponsorship means:
-the courses received the sponsoring institution's academic credit (not transfer credit);
-the course codes, titles, credits earned, and grades appear on the sponsoring institution's transcript. Typically, these grades and credits are included in the sponsoring institution's cumulative GPA. The courses are often administered and taught by the sponsoring institution's faculty at an overseas institution.

LSAC wrote:Interinstitutional Programs
The undergraduate work on your bachelor’s degree-granting institution transcript may include grades and credits earned through an interinstitutional agreement (e.g., cooperative, exchange, consortium, etc.). If your home school transcript clearly indicates that the coursework was completed through this type of program, and course codes, titles, grades, and credits earned appear on the home transcript and are included in the GPA, you need not list or request a separate transcript from the interinstitutional school attended. In these cases, your home school treats the coursework as if it were its own. This is not transfer credit. Consequently, the grades and credits will be summarized under the home school.


It looks like either the grades are on your UG transcript and count toward your GPA, or you have to send your NYU transcript including the grades. Either way, LSAC will have the grades, and they'll count toward your LSAC GPA.

Re: Study Abroad Credits

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:53 am
by leslieknope
My hunch is that if it appears on your university's transcript, you probably need to send in NYU's transcript. I had a similar situation (though mine was graded, not pass/fail) and I did end up needing to send the transcript from the host university even though the class appeared on my home university's transcript. I'd probably call LSAC when they reopen and ask first, though.