Study Abroad, Away, and Exchange Information
Studying at another university is an opportunity which can enrich your undergraduate education and provide you with a chance for personal growth. It is an exciting opportunity that will enhance your academic portfolio while being immersed in another culture and/or language. A term or year abroad takes careful planning and consideration. Many of your questions concerning Study Abroad can be found here. If you are considering an exchange or study abroad, don't wait, start your investigation now!
The International Education site will provide you with a wealth of information on exchange, course approvals, pre-departure information, funding and budgeting, as well as a variety of different options for going abroad. Their FAQ section provides a general overview on what is an exchange and how to go about applying for one, as well as more specific questions about funding, graduation, transfer credits, and travel registry.
The Arts OASIS website is another site that provides you with explanations on the difference between independent study away, exchange programs, inter-university transfer (CREPUQ), online courses, and more. Here you will also find details on the transfer credit policy. If you are considering study abroad, away, or an exchange, do not hesitate to make an appointment with a Faculty Advisor to go over your options.
Transferring your credits to an interdisciplinary program
Transfer credits are processed according to the guidelines as stipulated on the Arts OASIS webpage for transfer credits.
(This information is applicable to all of the interdisciplinary programs. Industrial Relations is used as an example only, but switch "IR" for "World Cinemas" or "North American Studies" etc. and the same procedures apply.)
When applying for transfer credits, please keep in mind it is the department (not the program) who "owns" the course, and as such, they must assess and evaluate the course equivalency for transfer to McGill. For example, if you are pursuing an interdisciplinary program in Industrial Relations, and you want to have a Sociology course taken abroad count towards your IR program, then the request for course equivalency assessment must be sent to Sociology.
So, if you are going on a general exchange, and want to take two courses in French, one course in Sociology, one course in Psychology, and one course in Management, then you will have four different departments each evaluating the individual course(s) they are responsible for. Two of those courses (Sociology, and Management) may end up being applied to your IR program, but IR does not evaluate the course equivalency... only the applicability to the IR program.
Since you want this course to apply to the IR program, the Program Advisor must be aware of your intentions to count the transfer credits towards the program. The Program Director will have to give formal approval to count these courses towards your complimentary courses. We will likely request that you to provide a syllabus for the course in order for us to evaluate the content and make sure that it is adequately related to the Industrial Relations program.
In order for transfer credits to count as a complimentary course, it must be assessed with a level, namely "SOCI 3XX". The "3" in front of the "XX" indicates that it is equivalent to a 300-level SOCI course. If your transfer credits are labelled SOCI XXX they can only count towards your electives.
If you wish to replace a required course with a transfer credit course, the transfer credits must be approved as an exact equivalent. For instance, if you want to have the equivalent of SOCI 304 it must be approved by Sociology as "SOCI 304". Since it is more difficult to obtain such an equivalency for a required course, we recommend taking these required courses at McGill. Hence, while on exchange, students are strongly urged to pursue courses that would count towards the complimentary courses of the program or as electives. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that students carefully plan their degree with a Program Advisor to ensure that they meet all of their program requirements.
Do not hesitate to go see a Faculty Advisor in Arts OASIS for your general questions on exchanges, and see a Program Advisor to ascertain how an exchange will affect your program and graduation.