Earning US Academic Credit for IUP Coursework
IUP students can enroll to have their coursework at IUP recorded as transferable academic credit through Indiana University, Bloomington, which serves as IUP’s transcript School of Record. IMPORTANT: Indiana University will not furnish an Indiana University transcript for the IUP Summer Program. Undergraduates can earn 12-16 credits per semester. Graduates can earn 8-12 credits per semester. The specific number of credit hours is determined at the end of each term. This program is optional, and is open to both undergraduates and graduate students. There is an additional fee for enrolling for credit, so students should choose this option only if they require academic credits to complete a degree or to obtain a deferral on their educational loan payments. All coursework taken for credit must be assigned a letter grade.
Reasons to Enroll for Academic Credit through Indiana University
IUP itself is not the type of institution that is authorized to grant US academic credit. Some US institutions, howver, have internal arrangements that allow students to earn credit at their home schools for work done at IUP. You should check with your home institution to see if they offer academic credit for IUP courses.
Because Indiana University is a credit-granting institution whose credits are transferable to other schools, having your IUP work recorded through Indiana University should allow your home institution to apply credits earned at IUP to your degree program. In many cases, this may fulfill specific degree requirements; in some cases, the credits may contribute only towards the minimum total hours required for a degree.
If you will not be able to earn credit at your home institution for work done at IUP and if it will assist your academic progress to be able to transfer credit for IUP work through Indiana University, then you should consider this option. It is best to check first with the school you plan to return to, so you know how credits earned are likely to be treated.
Indiana University academic credit is available for 16-week semester and 32-week academic year programs. Indiana does not offer academic credit for the 8-week summer program.
If you wish to enroll for credit, you must notify IUP within the first week of the semester. IUP will submit your basic personal and academic information to Indiana University so that you can be registered for credits. Students enroll by semester, and you may enroll for one either semester or two.
Students who are enrolled in a graduate program at a US university may enroll as graduate students; all others enroll as undergraduates. Graduate students may receive undergraduate credit for undergraduate-level coursework; undergraduates may earn credit for graduate level coursework.
Indiana University charges $219 USD per semester to process academic credits for IUP courses.
Courses and Credits
All coursework taken at IUP may be assigned credits, up to the maximum amount per term, but some types of coursework are more likely than others to be treated as fully transferable by US institutions. The following table lists IUP courses on the left and the equivalents assigned by Indiana University as “East Asian Languages and Cultures” credits:
In principle, one undergraduate credit hour is assigned for each 20 classroom contact hours. In the case of IUP “core courses” (Second-Year, Third-Year, and Fourth-Year Chinese), students may participate in more contact hours than can be assigned to the primary course equivalent. In such cases, excess credit hours can be recorded under the E496 number, which is essentially undistributed credit. Institutions are less likely to transfer these hours as credits to fulfill specific degree requirements.
Some IUP students take classes in specialized reading topics at advanced levels. These courses can be assigned a course equivalent of Indiana University EALC C505: Topics in Chinese Studies, which may be repeated twice under different topics:
Any individualized coursework outside the standard IUP course list that does not meet IUP criteria for Topics courses at the graduate level may be recorded under the E496 number.
If the total amount of course hours taken during a term exceeds the number of hours that will be recorded, the credits and grades that are recorded are determined as follows:
- “Core course” distributed credits and grades are recorded first.
- Distributed credits and grades in other courses are recorded next.
- Undistributed (E496) grades are recorded next.
In each case, hours completed during the first module are recorded prior to hours completed during the second module until the level of credits specified is reached.
All contacts concerning this program should be with the Resident Director of the IUP Center in Beijing. Students should not contact Indiana University directly; the University is authorized to respond to queries and to act only through direct instructions from the IUP Center.
Withdrawal and Refund
Indiana University does not permit withdrawal from enrollments in overseas programs except in exceptional circumstances that entail withdrawal from the entire program for reasons beyond the control of students, at the recommendation of the IUP Center in Beijing and with the approval of Indiana University. In such cases – and in such cases only – a grade of Incomplete may be assigned to courses, as specified by IUP. Fees cannot be refunded to students except in cases that have arisen because of errors at Indiana University.
Indiana Academic Credit and Financial Aid / Loan Deferment
Indiana University will follow standard procedures to notify students’ home institutions that no financial aid is being offered through Indiana University. This will ensure that enrollment for credit through Indiana University will not disrupt loans and scholarships awarded elsewhere. Students should consult with offices of financial aid at their home institutions to clarify how enrollment for credit may bear on financial aid issues.