This is one of the more complex parts of studying abroad, so please read this section carefully.
For questions concerning how courses taken on a BBA Exchange program abroad match courses at UT, you will first work with the Study Abroad coordinators. We encourage students to consult the course equivalency database
, as well as research the partner schools’ course offerings to fully explore course options.
If you hope to earn credit for a business course that has not yet been matched with an equivalent at the partner school, you should consult the available course materials for that school to see if something similar is available. Particularly with newer partners and partners with wide offerings, it’s possible that an equivalent course exists, but simply hasn’t been evaluated yet.
To satisfy a broad category, like a Marketing Elective, the course should be an advanced marketing course you have not already taken.
To be equivalent to a specific UT course (for example FIN 357), the course at the host school must cover the same topics. Comparing descriptions with UT’s Undergraduate Catalog or descriptions from our department offices often helps, as does consulting with a study abroad coordinator.
The Study Abroad coordinators forward the course materials to the appropriate faculty to make the official decisions on equivalents. Study Abroad coordinators do not make the evaluations, but facilitate the process.
For courses not in English, students must provide a translation of the course materials.
After your arrival at the host school, you will send back a list of your courses to your Study Abroad coordinator. The list should include how you plan to count each course. This should be sent as soon as possible so your coordinator can review the information, and alert you to problems while there is still time to make changes. Students who miss verifying their courses in this way risk not getting the credit they seek.
You must also send back a detailed syllabus or course description for each course you take.
Students are responsible for sending or bringing back adequate materials to have a course evaluated. The information should include the course objectives, texts used, means of assessment, and topics covered. Even if a course has already been evaluated, you need to provide a syllabus to insure that the course content has not changed.
You will also send back accompanying course description forms for each course to indicate for which department and course you seek credit.
For courses that are to be evaluated for a designation for the first time, particularly if you seek specific credit, (for example FIN 357 or CMS 306M) we urge students to keep (and bring back!) additional materials.
Students should keep notes, a copy of anything they turn in or present for evaluation, and a list of texts and topics covered if the information is not in the syllabus. (If the material a student provides is insufficient to determine a UT equivalent, the student is responsible for contacting the instructor or host coordinator to request more information.)
Your Study Abroad coordinator will be your main contact to see if a course has been evaluated, and what equivalent credit you will receive. Your coordinator will also let you know if more information is required for the evaluation to be processed.