Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Study Abroad Grades and Credits on the UB Transcript

Since study abroad grades must be transmitted from the foreign institution to the sponsoring SUNY school, then to the student's home campus (if different from the sponsoring campus), and then translated into the SUNY system of grading and credit hours, these grades may take additional time to reach a student's transcript than grades for courses taken at the home campus. For this reason, if within six months following a study abroad program a student plans to graduate, apply to another school or graduate program, apply for grants or scholarships, or do anything else that requires him/her to document grades for the semester(s) he/she spent abroad, we strongly suggest that the student arrange to obtain a transcript of studies from the foreign institution before returning home, deliver this transcript to the sponsoring SUNY institution that sponsors the program, and ask that institution to expedite the processing of the transcript supplement. The UB Study Abroad Programs office will do everything possible to ensure rapid and efficient transmittal of the grades to the student's permanent record but cannot guarantee the time of their arrival.

UB Sponsored Programs

Course names, credit hours, and letter grades are recorded directly on students' official UB transcripts. These grades will be averaged into the GPAs.

SUNY Sponsored Programs

Students' official UB transcripts will indicate their participation in a SUNY-sponsored program abroad by listing the total credit hours earned and a pass/fail grade. A transcript supplement with course names, credit hours, and letter grades is added to the students' records. Grades are not averaged into the GPAs except for Latin Honors determination upon graduation.

SUNY Community College Sponsored Programs

Participation in a two-year community college-sponsored program requires registration for 0 (zero) credit hours at the University at Buffalo, as well as registration at the sponsoring campus, and a leave of absence from UB. Credits earned abroad are shown as transfer credits on the students' official UB transcripts. An official transcript should be sent to UB's Office of Admissions upon conclusion of the program.

Non-SUNY Sponsored Programs

Participation in a non-SUNY-sponsored program requires students' registration for 0 (zero) credit hours at the University at Buffalo, as well as registration at the sponsoring campus. A leave of absence from UB is also required for students studying abroad on non-SUNY programs during fall and/or spring semesters. Prior to departure, students must ensure that UB's Office of Admissions will accept credit from the institution issuing the transcript. Credits earned abroad are shown as transfer credits on the official UB transcript. An official transcript should be sent to UB's Office of Admissions upon conclusion of the program.

Please Note:

  • Although passing grades from participation in an Other-SUNY-sponsored program (a program sponsored by a SUNY unit other than UB) will not affect the UB grade point average (GPA) that appears on transcripts, these grades are calculated into the overall GPA by the degree auditors when the student applies for a degree for degree-granting and Latin Honors purposes only.
  • Credits from participation in any study abroad program cannot be used to fulfill the residency requirement at UB. To earn a degree from the University at Buffalo, a student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, the equivalent of one full year of study, at the university.