Get ahead in your degree progress, stay active academically during a leave, or remediate a course deficiency. While there are limitations to the number and kind of courses taken at a university other than Princeton that will be transferred for Princeton credit, pre-approved transfer courses can keep you on track with your academic plans. Typically, transfer courses are taken during the summer. As you begin planning, consider where a course fits within your plans: When in the summer will you be able to commit to a 4-6 week summer course? Is the location of the university where you take the course convenient to where you live? A pre-approval must be received before taking an external course, and it cannot be granted retroactively. To facilitate this process, please collect all of the relevant course information and follow all steps of the pre-approval process with care. The deadline to submit an application for summer transfer credit is Dean's Date of the spring term. Plan to take a Course for Transfer Credit STEP 1. Do your research and seek course syllabi. Do some web research and find a class that looks promising (see below for details about eligible courses, and review the approval form very carefully before you start looking). Syllabi might be available on the department or Registrar’s website, but more often than not students write to the professor who will teach the course. While submitting the syllabus for your actual intended course is most helpful, your advisers can review the syllabus from the previous year, as long as the professor indicates via email that the course will stay the same in its content and format. In that case, please save the professor’s email and include it together with the rest of your pre-approval materials. STEP 2. Gather and save all course information. Save all of the course information, the syllabus, and the summer session calendar stating the first and last days of class. You will need to identify the following information to upload within the e-form: A detailed description of the course that includes a syllabus that outlines (a) description, frequency, and duration of the course instruction sessions and (b) assignments, texts, articles to be used A screenshot of the course listing in the institution catalog that shows it is a regularly offered course normally offered in a semester time frame. Courses normally offered in a trimester or quarter time frame will not be approved unless they meet the threshold for instructional hours and are comparable to a semester course in material and coverage. STEP 3. Complete the pre-approval form. Go to TigerHub and click on "Summer Course Pre-Approval" (under the Academic Tasks tile). Use a separate form for each course you want approved, unless they are in sequence (e.g., CHM 201-202). Fill out the form carefully; if it is rejected at any step of the review process, you'll have to start over. Note that the form asks you to specify the following: Are you applying for a 2-credit course sequence (e.g., CHM 201-202)? Is there a direct equivalent course being offered at Princeton (this is not essential for credit to be approved but it is an important piece of information for appropriate approval) Are you requesting to satisfy a specific requirement through the course? All requests must be submitted by Dean's Date. The sooner you submit the form, the better. STEP 4. Get final approval. The form will be sent to the relevant offices and departments for approval. If any questions arise throughout the approval process, your dean or assistant dean for studies (for domestic courses) or the director of study abroad (for international courses) will contact you. You must have approval to take the course BEFORE the first class meeting in order to be eligible for Princeton transfer credit. Your notification of approval will include helpful details about ways to submit the transcript. Criteria for Transfer Courses Course Criteria & Curricular Requirements Understand the criteria for a summer course to be reviewed and approved for Princeton credit. 4-Year Institution: The outside course must be offered by an accredited, four-year institution. Regular Curriculum in a B.A./B.S.E program: The course must be part of the institution’s regular curriculum and count to advance degree progress for its own enrolled, degree-seeking students in the institution’s B.A. or B.S.E. degree program. Could be offered at Princeton: The transfer course must be a course that a department at Princeton could offer, and should approximate the depth and rigor of a regular Princeton course. The content of an elective course should fit generally within the range of course offerings in a Princeton department or program. In the case of a course proposed to substitute for a prerequisite or required course in a Princeton department or program, the content should be substantially similar. Final determination of a course equivalency rests with the faculty representative in the corresponding department or program. Online courses are NOT permitted: Courses that are pre-approved for transfer credit must be taken in-person. Exceptions to this rule are made in very rare circumstances. If you believe you have an exigent academic need for an online course, and you cannot access a suitable Princeton course or in-person transfer course, please schedule a meeting with your residential college dean or assistant dean for studies to discuss. No SEL transfer credit: Laboratory courses may only be used to satisfy the SEN distribution requirement; no general education credit for the SEL will be granted through a transfer course. No independent study: Independent study arrangements are not permitted. Course Format, Duration, and Instructional Hours Equivalent to semester-long course: Courses must be the equivalent of a semester-long course; courses on a trimester or quarter schedule will only be accepted if they meet the threshold for instructional hours and are comparable to semester courses in material and coverage. This can be confirmed by one of the following means: 4 weeks minimum; at least 30 hours: The equivalent of a one-term course should meet for a minimum of 4 weeks, and in-person classes should include at least 30 hours of instructional time. Language course must be at least 60 hours: A course proposed to substitute for a course in a language other than English should meet for at least 60 hours. Assessment and Grading Requirements Graded, with a C or better: The course must be taken on a graded basis and completed with a grade of C or better. A “C-” is not acceptable. Courses cannot be taken on an elected pass/fail basis. It is expected that there will be feedback provided to the student by the instructor on work submitted. Additional Regulations Concerning Transfer Courses Timing Courses for transfer credit may be taken either during the summer or in terms when the student is not enrolled at Princeton. Enrolled students may not take courses for transfer credit in between the fall and spring terms. Course Approval MUST be received before the start of the course. Number of Transfer Credits Permitted Except for students participating in special programs, such as Study Abroad, an A.B. student is permitted to count a maximum of three courses taken at other institutions for credit towards the Princeton degree; a B.S.E. student is permitted to count a maximum of four such courses for credit towards the Princeton degree. A student may not earn more than two units of transfer credit in a given summer or term of leave, and may not enroll in such courses while simultaneously taking courses at Princeton. A.B. Distribution Requirements A maximum of two outside courses may be used to fulfill A.B. distribution requirements, and only one per distribution area, in the following areas: LA, SA, SEN. (Laboratory courses taken outside of Princeton may only be used to fulfill the SEN requirement.) Departmental Requirements In rare circumstances, a department may approve one outside course to count as a departmental. No Double Counting A student cannot receive credit both for a course taken at another institution and for its Princeton equivalent. Transferring Credit for Language Courses Equivalent courses: Language courses may be pre-approved as equivalent to 100-level Princeton courses. The course credit will be transferred to Princeton as a course equivalent if the relevant Princeton department determines at the conclusion of the pre-approved summer study that the student has progressed beyond the expected language level for the course/s (typically with a departmental exam). If the student does not demonstrate the expected language level upon completion of the course but passes the course with a C grade or better, the student will retain the credit as a language elective, transcripted as "TRN". Elective courses: Departments may, upon occasion, pre-approve a language course as an elective credit with no Princeton course equivalent. Such courses will be transcripted as "TRN". University language requirement: Students seeking to use a transfer course to satisfy the University’s language requirement for general education must confirm that the relevant course equivalent has been satisfied by taking a departmental exam at the conclusion of the course. Transcription of Transfer Credit Courses approved for Princeton credit and passed with a grade of C or better will appear with transfer credit ("T") instead of a grade on the Princeton transcript after the receipt of an official transcript from the sponsoring institution. Transfer credits do not factor into your Princeton GPA. After the Course: Request an Official Transcript Credit for non-Princeton courses will be processed upon receipt of an official transcript. We cannot accept transcripts directly from students. Instead, they need to be submitted by the host institution directly to your dean or assistant dean for studies, or sent directly to your college office via mail. Transcripts for courses taken outside the U.S. should be mailed to: Dr. Gisella Gisolo, Director, Study Abroad Program, Louis A. Simpson Building, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Forms Approval Form for Courses Taken at Another Institution Secure approvals for courses offered at other accredited, four-year institutions. Access the "Summer Course Pre-Approval" form through TigerHub under the "Academic Tasks" tile, and contact your college dean or assistant dean for studies if you have questions. Additional Resources Princeton Departments Explore departments, find requirements, and connect with assistant deans for studies and faculty. B.S.E. Program Check the B.S.E. Program website for additional instructions for external course pre-approval. Course Offerings Find complete information about undergraduate and graduate courses by term. Transfer Students Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity Receive additional academic advising from the director or associate director of the Transfer Program. Undergraduate Announcement Review academic regulations, programs of study, and undergraduate course offerings in this publication released each August.