Great work! You made it through all the paperwork, preparation and travel and now you’re abroad. You've conquered jetlag, figured out how to get online, and may have already realized that you packed WAY too much. Don't remember all the things we talked about to help you prepare for your time abroad? No worries: the Canvas course with its modules on academics, cultural adjustment & immersion, logistics and health & wellness is always available to you!
Here are some of the highlights, to keep you in touch with UNH and help with any academic issues:
Let us know how to reach you while you’re abroad by listing your foreign contact information in the International Travel Registry and updating your location as you travel.
Courses, Credits, Transcripts and Grades
Do you need to get additional courses approved? Did you forget exactly how the course transfer process works? Not to worry: all the information you need about courses, credits, transcripts and grades can be found below.
Adding or Replacing a Course
If a class you had pre-approved at UNH is no longer offered or you need to change your schedule, you can request that the new class be reviewed for transfer credit by submitting an electronic Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This form is ONLY for use by students who are currently abroad. Your Global Education Advisor will then contact the appropriate department and keep you posted on the outcome.
Number of Credits
Semester-abroad students: you must take the equivalent of at least 12 US credits (or more if the program so requires). If you’re not sure how many credits you need during your term abroad, make sure to consult your Academic Advisor.
Course Planning Form
A copy of the course planning form with all the required signatures is on file in your UNH-Via account. This form determined how course credits will be accepted by UNH. The exact course credit will be based on the official study abroad transcript once it is received.
Transcripts and Grades
Your transcript should be sent to the Global Education for processing. Once we receive your transcript, we will convert the grades to the US academic system and work with the Registrar’s Office for further processing. Keep in mind that it can take up to three months before we receive your transcript! Also, make sure you have no outstanding debt to your host university or to your program provider--your transcript will not be released until you have paid your balance.
Need more information? Check out the UNH credit transfer policy.
Register for Next Semester
In the study abroad registration phase, you and your Academic Advisor may have discussed how to register for next semester when you are back on campus; either they will email you your RAC number & login day/time, or they will register you for the courses you agreed upon prior to departure. Contact your academic advisor in your major if you have any questions. Remember to take these steps maintain access to important USNH online resources such as Outlook, Canvas), myWildcat Success, WebCat, etc.
Stay Safe and Be Well
We want you to thoroughly enjoy your time abroad, and we want you to return to UNH healthy and safely. Review the UNH health and safety information and work with your program sponsor/host university to ensure your personal health and safety. Remember you are a member of the UNH International Travel Assistance Service and Travel Insurance Program and have access to all its resources and support while on a UNH study abroad program.
Making Memories: Think Before You Click
Please be sensitive and respectful when taking pictures in other countries and cultures, especially when you want to take photographs or videos of people who are not your friends and classmates. Reflect on why you're taking the photo. Try to ask permission when taking pictures of people. Getting a person’s name and story as well as his/her photo can be a meaningful experience. Sharing your camera and digital pictures with people encourages interaction. Kids especially like to see themselves on the camera screens. Letting people you meet play with your camera can be a hit, too. Be mindful about captions and how you choose the labels and titles. When possible, give names, details, and a greater context to the photo.
(Adapted from Pacific Lutheran University, Taking Photos)