To get educational credit for scholarly tours abroad, students should confirm the availability of credit for study abroad before they leave, fit overseas study choices into their academic plans and receive transcripts or letters from professors verifying completion of studies. Some colleges offer their own programs of international educational opportunities.
Students contemplating scholarly tours abroad should consult with their advisers about which foreign study opportunities earn credit and fill out any necessary paperwork before leaving. They should also assess how their overseas study plans fit into the long-term program of their major field of study. Students should time overseas study tours to fit gaps in their home schedule of studies to optimize their time.
Some colleges such as Dartmouth have their own overseas studies programs and grade and credit classes the same as they would on their regular campus. However, when students attend programs at other overseas educational institutions, they must verify that the school transfers credits to their home institution. If the college does not transfer credits directly or provide students with transcripts to carry back, students must request letters from their individual professors verifying the course completions. It may be necessary to procure official translations before turning in the documents to the home educational institution.