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Transferring Credit to Penn State

International students can transfer credit to Penn State in a number of ways, including examinations or previous college coursework.

Information about Transferring Credit

Penn State awards credit from multiple sources, such as exams taken during secondary school as well as university-level courses. Transferable credits will be evaluated as either equivalent to an exact Penn State course or as general credits within the area of study. These credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements as well as general education requirements and are applied to a student’s program of study at the discretion of the academic college of enrollment.

In addition to the exams and information outlined below, you can also review the Academic Credit section of the website for more details on transferring credits. 

Credit from Secondary Examinations

Courses studied at a higher level in the following systems of secondary education can be reviewed for transfer credit equivalent to the introductory courses in that subject.

  • Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Levels
  • Abitur
    • Grades 1, 2, 3, where 1 is high; grades 7-15, where 15 is high
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
    • Score of III or higher
  • French Baccalaureate
    • Subjects graded 10 or higher in which the coefficient is 4 or more
  • International Baccalaureate
    • Subjects examined at the Higher Level with grades 5, 6, or 7: see IB Credit
  • Advanced Placement examinations from College Board: see AP Credit
  • College-Level Examination Program examinations from College Board: see CLEP Credit

University Credit from Other Institutions

Colleges and Universities in the United States

Course work completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. will be evaluated for transfer credit if passed with a grade equivalent to A, B, or C (2.0) and is useful in the student’s program of study at Penn State.

For more information, please see our transfer credit information and the transferring credits tool.

International Colleges and Universities

Credits may also be earned from institutions outside the United States if the institution is a recognized part of the system of higher education of another country and offers programs of study equivalent to baccalaureate degree programs at Penn State.

Current Students Wishing to Take Summer Courses in China

Courses taken in programs in China that are not part of the regular degree-granting curriculum will not be considered for transfer credit.