Transient Study (study at other colleges)

Newly admitted first year students who wish to receive credit for work taken at another college after acceptance and before enrollment should secure permission/approval from the dean of admission. Please review the Office of Undergraduate Admission AP/IB/Other credit policies: http://apply.emory.edu/apply/apib.php

For entering first-year students a combined 18 credit hours of the following types of credit may be granted. Credit hours may count towards the General Education Requirements (GERs), or towards major or minor requirements with departmental approval. Emory and Oxford Colleges will grant acceleration placement for courses beyond the allowed 18 hours, but no additional credit hours or GER waivers will be given. 

  1. AP/IB or other test credits (maximum of 12 credit hours) Departments have specified equivalent courses that these test credits replace for the purpose of GERs and major requirements. http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/policies-regulations/advanced-placement-exemption.html
  2. Other college credits earned prior to matriculation that do not count towards the secondary school diploma. http://apply.emory.edu/apply/apib.php
  3. Transient study credits earned
    Note: After enrollment, permission to take work at another institution in the USA is normally granted only for summer. Students who wish to take summer work elsewhere in the USA after their first year, or before a student has earned 64 credit hours, at Emory must secure written permission from the dean before the end of the preceding spring semester and must not be on academic probation after the completion of spring semester.

International students (on J-1 or F-1 visa status) who wish to take summer coursework in their home countries after their first year at Emory must meet the requirements for International Transient Studies and complete the Office of International and Summer Programs (OISP) International Transient Studies application. For more information, please go to OISP’s website.

Credit earned at other institutions may not comprise part of the last 64 semester hours or four semesters of work toward a degree in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, except as described under approved off-campus programs such as the Washington Semester and Study Abroad programs or as described immediately below. All credits for non-Emory courses must officially appear on the student’s transcript by the end of their first semester upon return to Emory.

This policy applies to students who enter in the fall 2018 semester or later. Students who began before fall 2018 should refer to the Transient Study website for the current policy arrangement

Junior or Senior Year

Students who have completed sixty-four semester hours of course work in Emory college of Arts and Sciences and are in good standing may receive up to sixteen semester hours and one semester of residence credit toward their Emory degree for advanced-level courses taken at another college or university in the USA. All such courses must be approved in advance by the chairs of the appropriate departments at Emory, who must


1. certify the advanced level of the proposed courses, and
2. provide a compelling reason why these courses cannot be taken at Emory.


Approval is required in advance by a dean in the Office for Undergraduate Education and the Committee on Academic Standards.

Students who wish to take courses abroad at an international institution must either do so through an approved Emory College Study Abroad programs or the non-Emory program petition process, please visit Study Abroad's website.