Students who have completed college level work in a country other than the United States may be eligible to receive transfer credit toward their AUM degree if that institution is officially recognized by the respective Ministry of Education or governing educational body.
Step One. Credentialing: Determining whether coursework is eligible for transfer
A credentialing evaluation report must first be completed to determine if your previous coursework is considered college-level by U.S. educational standards and, therefore, eligible for transfer. This is a course-by-course evaluation with a GPA computation. At AUM, we will have this evaluation done for you when we have received your official transcript translated into English. However, a credentialing evaluation does not provide enough information to determine how that coursework compares to AUM courses. An additional step, called ‘Articulation’ is required to determine how your previous work fits in to your AUM degree program.
Step Two. Articulation: Matching courses to AUM credits
If you wish to have your previously earned credits apply towards your AUM degree you will need to have each individual course matched with an AUM course through the articulation process. Students are strongly encouraged to start this process as soon as possible after admission to AUM and, hopefully, while still in their home countries. The first thing you need to do is gather the necessary information. For every course that you wish to transfer, you will need to submit detailed course information by meeting one of the following two option guidelines: Note: If English is not the native or official language of your home country all submitted documents must be translated to English.
Option One. Provide a Detailed Course Syllabus: Course Syllabus example
Providing a course syllabus for each course is the preferred option as it provides the most comprehensive information for the evaluator. Generally, a course syllabus outlines the goals and objectives of a course, any prerequisites, how students will be graded or evaluated, materials used (textbooks, software, etc.), topics to be covered, a meeting schedule and a bibliography. Any course syllabus submitted to AUM should contain the following information:
- Tile of Course
- Any pre-requisites required for the course
- Course level (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, etc.)
- Course description (a brief overview of course, including objectives and goals upon completion of course)
- Course content that was covered
- Whether the course was independent study, a lecture, a seminar, a laboratory, a lecture/laboratory combination, etc.
- A description of how student is evaluated for the course. For example, how the final grade is determined.
- References utilized during the course, i.e., textbooks used (include title and authors)
Option Two. Detailed Course Description from Student’s Home University’s Academic Course Catalog or Course Bulletin: Course Description example
The second acceptable option is to provide a course description for every course desired for transfer. A course description is not as detailed as a course syllabus but gives an overview of what students were taught in a course. Generally, a course description includes a course title, contact hours (if applicable), credit hours, and description of the content of the course and any prerequisites or co-requisites. The main focus should be on content of the course. A course description is generally around 50 words but can be longer.
Please note that while a course description from your home university’s course catalog or bulletin may be acceptable, a detailed course syllabus, discussed in Option One, will provide the most comprehensive and accurate information to evaluators making articulation decisions.
AUM reserves the right to request additional information as needed. The student is responsible to follow the articulation guidelines and to ensure that all documents submitted to AUM are complete, accurate and verifiable.
Submission of Course Syllabus or Course Description to AUM
All course syllabi or course descriptions MUST be in English. AUM prefers that these documents be submitted directly from the institution to AUM or, if submitted by the student, accompanied by a cover letter from the home institution, printed on letterhead, or bearing the school’s seal. Documents downloaded, in English, from the institution’s website will also be acceptable but only if a direct link to the description or syllabus is provided. AUM reserves the right to request additional information as required for evaluation.
Incoming and current students should have these documents mailed to:
Auburn University at Montgomery
P.O. Box 244023
Montgomery, AL 36124-4023
Documents can also be submitted in person to:
The Registrar’s Office
114 Watson Robbins Taylor Center
Auburn University at Montgomery
Whether you provide detailed course syllabi or detailed course descriptions, all documents submitted to AUM are subject to verification and become the property of AUM and therefore, will not be released. If any document is found to be fraudulent, the student will be found responsible and subject to disciplinary action.