Credits, Grades and Transcripts
A study abroad experience is first and foremost an academic experience, that is why Arcadia takes the process of credit and grade conversion so seriously. Understanding the overseas educational system and assigning the correct number of credits to a program is of vital importance.
Arcadia provides information on credit transfer and conversion (i.e. how credits will appear on an Arcadia transcript) at the time that a student chooses courses. Converting credits into U.S. semester hours accurately is essential, both in ensuring that students continue to make progress towards degrees and verifying the academic load a student carries while abroad. The Arcadia University Undergraduate Academic Program Committee and Registrar work in conjunction with our overseas staff to review our conversions to make sure they accurately reflect a full-time load at the institution where a student is studying overseas. We look carefully at the question of what constitutes a full academic load for a degree-seeking host country student and base our determination of equivalence on that. Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Any grades that appear on an Arcadia transcript must meet Middle States' standards.
To find the credit conversion for a specific program, visit our forms website at www.arcadia.edu/abroad/forms, click on the program and open up the course selection form link.
Students will receive a letter grade on a scale from A to F for every course they take while enrolled on an Arcadia University program. Although policies at students' individual home institutions may differ, Arcadia does not permit students to take courses on a credit/no credit basis. In order to determine grade equivalencies, Arcadia looks at data about grade distribution in the host institution and at information about what constitutes a minimum passing grade at the host institution in addition to the host institution's suggested "translation" scales. Arcadia University is obligated to uphold the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' standards. Therefore, we conduct our own independent evaluations in accordance with our responsibility. Students are provided with a table explaining how their grades will appear on an Arcadia University transcript when they go through the orientation process overseas. For a copy of the grade translation table for a particular program, please contact the corresponding program manager.
At the conclusion of a program, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University will send an official Arcadia University transcript to a participant's home school and an unofficial copy to the participant. This transcript will list the course numbers and titles exactly as they appear on the original transcript from the university or program which the participant attended.
Because overseas universities have different administrative structures, transcripts may take longer to issue than they do at U.S. institutions. While the timeline varies by program, a general timeline for transcript issuance is:
- Summer programs - early to mid-September
- Fall programs - late-March
- Academic Year and Spring programs - mid to late-September
If you have a question about the process, please feel free to contact the program manager responsible for the program.
Participants can request additional copies of transcripts online or in writing at any time from the Arcadia University Registrar's Office.