For Students

Before you pack your bags, check out these resources to help you through your off-campus experience.

Study Abroad Basics

Transferring Courses

Prior to departure students will complete the Transfer of Credit Form, which will guide them through the course approval process and detail how to receive credit for major, minor and University requirements. In some instances, students may find it necessary to divert from their previously approved courses. When this is necessary, students must follow the course approval process outlined in the Final Course Verification Form.

Guidelines for Transferring Courses from Abroad:

  • While studying off-campus students must be enrolled in the equivalent of four Bucknell University credits (15-16 semester hours).
  • Students in a non-English speaking country must plan to take a language course, in the host language, as part of their full course load.
  • Courses taken off-campus may be used to fulfill a student's major, minor or University requirements once approved by the appropriate academic department.
  • Only grades of "D" or higher will transfer for credit.
  • Bucknell will not accept credit for any Pass/Fail courses.
  • Third party courses transferred from off-campus (non-Bucknell taught courses) will be referenced on students' Bucknell University transcripts but will not affect their Bucknell University GPA.

Previously Approved Course Lists

These previously approved course lists can help students understand the kinds of courses that have been approved historically.

Arts & Sciences

While You’re Away

While you are off-campus, it can be easy to forget about your responsibilities on campus. You are so busy learning new and exciting things, returning to Bucknell might be the last thing on your mind. However, it is important to remember that while you are off-campus, you should be making preparations for your return to campus.

Prepare for your return

Health & Safety While Abroad

To ensure that students have a safe and healthy experience abroad, Bucknell has made preparations for all global programs that will help students in case of an emergency.

All study abroad programs work with a carefully selected group of experienced program providers. These providers have on-site personnel that are trained in emergency protocols. We have 24-hour contact information for both their US-based and overseas staff. In addition, the Office of Global & Off-campus Education coordinates with the Crisis Management Team at Bucknell, which monitors the health and safety aspects of programs and countries on an ongoing basis.

Learn more about staying healthy abroad

Before students depart on their trips, they will attend pre-departure discussions that will provide them with necessary information and reference materials. We recommend using the Department of State website to find up-to-date information about the safety of particular countries. It is also recommended that students and parents consult the Center for Disease Control & Prevention website for up-to-date health information.

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Students participating in all Bucknell In programs are automatically enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Students participating in other programs are required to register with STEP.

Register for STEP

Contact Details

Global & Off-Campus Education