Course Approval

Course Approval for IPE Programs

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Selecting Overseas Courses

When selecting courses for study abroad, it is best to be flexible and plan alternatives. Here are some recommendations to guide your course selection:

  • Consider different types of subjects (engineering, humanities/social science, technical electives).
  • Meet with your department program advisor to discuss your plans, seek suggestions for overseas courses and adjust your semester-by-semester academic plan as needed.
  • Most universities offer online course catalogs.  Become familiar with your host institution’s course listings. Have patience, it may take some time to learn a new system.
  • Compile a list of several course options. Choose twice as many courses as you actually need to take. This provides flexibility when scheduling.

Course Approval Process for Study Abroad

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  1. Meet with your department advisor.
  2. Select several courses of interest.
  3. View the CoE Transfer Credit Equivalency Database to see if your courses of interest have been pre-approved.
  4. Submit the CoE Transfer Credit Approval Form online.
  5. The CoE will begin processing your request. In 4-6 weeks, you will receive an e-mail with your Course Approval Results Report attached. The report indicates the credit you will receive for each course you submitted (that you pass with the equivalent of a UM “C” or better). Credit may be shown as equivalent to a UM course or as departmental credit with the appropriate level indicated. Courses that the College of Engineering considers Humanities or Social Sciences are also indicated.
  6. A copy of this report will be sent to your department program advisor. It is your responsibility to meet with your department advisor at this point to determine how the credits earned overseas will be counted toward your engineering degree requirements. For example, your department advisor may approve a course evaluated as 300-level EECS departmental credit to be used toward your technical elective requirement.
  7. If you plan to count any of the credit earned overseas toward a concentration, minor, double major, or other academic program, you should meet with the advisor specific to that program (in addition to your engineering departmental advisor).
  8. If you are participating in a non-UM study abroad program, please review these additional resources: Study Abroad Beyond U-M.

Transfer Credit

In most cases, study abroad courses are awarded as transfer credit, and the grades do not transfer back to Michigan. Please contact the IPE office if you have any questions about transfer credit for your program of interest.  You must receive the equivalent of at least a UM “C” at the foreign institution in order for Michigan to accept the course.

Registering for your Return Semester at UM – Wolverine Access

You will need to register for your return semester while overseas. (Note: It is best to plan UM courses for the returning semester with your advisor prior to the study abroad experience.)

To avoid problems with registering, it is a good idea to get in touch with your department program advisor before registration begins (March/November). Send your advisor an e-mail including the number of credits and specific courses that you are currently taking. This will help ensure that you receive the appropriate registration appointment. Wolverine Access may deny you access to courses that require a prerequisite that you are currently taking while abroad. Contact your department advisor.  He/she has the authority to override Wolverine Access and enroll you in a class, under the assumption that you will have passed the course while abroad.

Overseas Transcript

Before leaving your host institution, you must request your official transcript be sent directly to:                                                 


International Programs in Engineering
245 Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092

You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your transcript is received. We also recommend that you order 1-2 additional copies of your official transcript for your records (kept in the original envelopes). Graduate school admission offices often require transcripts from your overseas experience, and it may be difficult to obtain them once you have returned to the US.                

You should request courses approval well in advance since the course approval process typically takes 4-6 weeks. It will not be possible to immediately evaluate courses during the drop/add time frame set by your university overseas. In order to have the course(s) evaluated upon your return, you will need to provide the course materials including the syllabus, assignments, and exams. There is no guarantee that the course(s) will be granted credit, so taking courses that have not been previously approved is risky.