Transferring Credit for Courses Taken Outside of Penn

All students seeking transfer credit, please note:

  • You will only be able to transfer credit from an accredited, four-year institution located in the United States.
  • While taking the course, you should save all your materials (syllabus, tests, quizzes, compositions, and course texts.)
  • You must apply for transfer credit before taking a higher level Penn course. Otherwise, you will not be eligible for transfer credit.

Elementary and Intermediate Language Courses (110 - 140)

  • Bring a sealed, official copy of your transcript or have an official copy sent directly to:

    Office of Transfer and Advanced Standing Credit
    1 College Hall
    Hours: Monday-Friday 1- 4 p.m.

  • Enter your request for transfer credit via the online XCAT system using your PennKey and password. Be sure to include your course materials (syllabus, detailed course description, tests, quizzes, compositions.) You can find XCAT along with instructions for using the system at https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/xcat/.
  • Schedule an appointment with the undergraduate coordinator to take the transfer credit multiple-choice exam (MCE), a 60-minute standardized test which covers comprehension of grammar, vocabulary and reading. There is no oral or listening comprehension component.
  • Please note that you may not take the online placement exam as a substitute for the department's transfer credit multiple-choice exam.
  • You will be notified of your score within two days. The language program director will also be notified.
  • The director will determine whether or not to award credit for the equivalent level at Penn based on your MCE score and your course materials. You will see the department’s decision on your XCAT account by clicking on “list your requests.”
  • If you wish to continue taking language courses at Penn, you should register for the course above the level for which you received credit. For example, if you received credit for Italian 130, you should register for Italian 140.

Upper Level Courses (courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level)

  • Enter your request for transfer credit via the online XCAT system using your PennKey and password. Be sure to include your course materials (syllabus, detailed course description, tests, quizzes, compositions.) You can find XCAT along with instructions for using the system at https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/xcat/.
  • Bring a sealed, official copy of your transcript or have an official copy sent directly to:

    Office of Transfer and Advanced Standing Credit
    1 College Hall
    Hours: Monday-Friday 1- 4 p.m.

  • Meet with the undergraduate chair. The chairperson will use your course materials from XCAT to determine whether or not to award credit for the equivalent level at Penn. You will see the department’s decision on your XCAT account by clicking on “list your requests.”

Please feel free to contact the undergraduate coordinator if you have any questions regarding transfer credit.