Types of Credit

There are two types of credit you can earn abroad: UNL credit and transfer credit. In some cases, you may earn both types of credit for the same education abroad program.

UNL credit

UNL credit is earned when participating in a faculty-led program, taking independent study or internship credit. Your UNL instructor will assess your grade. The grade, course, and credit will apply to your degree and GPA as it normally would.

Transfer credit

Courses taken abroad will return to UNL as transfer credit, unless you participate in a faculty-led program, take independent study or internship credit. This applies to exchange programs and affiliated programs, and the courses are subject to regular transfer credit policies. Please note that each degree college determines its policy for acceptance and application of grades below C to degree requirements.

The UNL Education Abroad Office requires that you complete pre-departure credit evaluation for the courses you would like to take. By pre-evaluating the courses you will take abroad, you help ensure the credit will count towards your degree and eliminate the risk of earning duplicate credit. To learn how to get your courses pre-approved, see Pre-Departure Credit Evaluation.

UNL credit and transfer credit

In some cases, students will earn both UNL credit and transfer credit abroad. For transfer credit, it is important to note that each degree college determines its policy for acceptance and application of grades below C to degree requirements. The UNL Education Abroad Office requires that you complete pre-departure credit evaluation for the courses you would like to take. By pre-evaluating the courses you will take abroad, you help ensure the credit will count towards your degree and eliminate the risk of earning duplicate credit. To learn how to get your courses pre-approved, see Pre-Departure Credit Evaluation.

Type of Credit
Will my grade appear on my UNL transcript?
Will my grade impact my UNL GPA?

University of Nebraska credit (UNL, UNO, UNK, UNMC)

Yes

Yes

Transfer credit from a U.S. institution

Yes

No*

Transfer credit from a foreign institution

No*

(“CR” for credit will appear)

No*

*If you apply to graduate school, you will likely be asked to provide copies of all transcripts/certificates, including education abroad transfer credit.