The Office of Global Education facilitates the transfer of credits and grades to each student’s BC transcript. At a minimum, credit earned abroad will count towards general elective credits needed to complete a BC degree. With careful planning, students can make progress in their major and minor concentrations while exploring new areas of interest and opportunities that may not be available in Chestnut Hill.
Academic Steps For BC Students Studying Abroad
The most common credit system used by BC abroad programs in Europe is the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System). Our standard rule for ECTS credits is 2 ECTS credits equal 1 BC credit. Since Boston College does not allow half credits, a 5 ECTS credit course will transfer back as either 2 or 3 BC credits depending on the student’s full course load of credits.
10 ECTS = 5 BC
7.5 ECTS = 4 BC 7 ECTS = 4 BC 6 ECTS = 3 BC 5 ECTS = 2 or 3 BC ** 4 ECTS = 2 BC
** Courses that transfer back to Boston College with two (2) BC credits may not satisfy major, minor, or core requirements. If you have any questions about credit translation, please send a list of ALL your abroad courses with credit values to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“These courses really furthered my knowledge of the subjects and my professors pushed me to learn in different ways. It really opened my eyes to the different experiences people have around the world in terms of education. ”