Credit Transfer

Transfer Credit Officer:
Brooke Sietinsons

All transfer credit, study abroad, or credit away requests must be submitted through the XCAT system;

1. Credit for courses taken away from Penn is not automatic.

All courses are reviewed by the department on a case-by-case basis, through the XCAT system. Students should, as much as possible, apply for credit prior to departing on a study abroad program or to taking a course at another domestic institution.

It is each student’s responsibility to enroll only in courses that are as demanding as those taught at Penn.

2. For a course to be considered for credit, the following standards must be met:

• Instructors should hold an advanced degree
• The course must meet regularly (at least 30-40 hours over the term)
• The course must include a substantial reading component
• The course MUST require a significant written component (eight pages or more, in total), and
students must be able to demonstrate completion of that work.

3. All XCAT applications must include the course syllabus.

This syllabus must enumerate the course in full, including the lecture schedule, list of readings, exams, and all written assignments. In cases where additional documentation is necessary, students will be asked to provide copies of graded work by uploading to the XCAT request. Students should save all work completed for these courses.

4. Courses that do not meet the standards listed above will not be approved; these typically include:

• "Art appreciation" courses or other courses that remove art from its historical and cultural context
• Courses that are limited only to visits to a group of sites, monuments, institutions, and the like, but do not require class meetings, readings, exams, or papers.
• Courses that do not require substantial written work
• among others

5. Survey courses taught on study abroad or through credit away may not be counted for the introductory courses in the major. Upon request, such courses taken elsewhere may be considered as elective credits.

6. Art History majors must meet with the Undergraduate Chair prior to enrolling in Study Abroad program or in courses at other domestic institutions.