Does your college or university offer credit for internships spent abroad?
So, you’ve decided that you want to do an internship abroad! If you are currently a university student, the next thing on your mind might be how to make the most of your internship by acquiring college credit for it.
Especially if you plan to do your international internship, you need to be sure that you will get credit prior to embarking on your adventure! If you’ve decided to try to get college credit for your international internship, follow the steps below.
1.Check your university’s study abroad or registrar website. Oftentimes, your university’s study abroad or registrar website will be the best source of information for getting college credit for a study abroad or intern abroad experience. Check your university’s international office and academic credit sites first for specific instructions on how to obtain credit.
2.Contact your academic advisor. If you’re still feeling lost despite visiting the aforementioned websites (or even if you did find some helpful information!), we recommend contacting your academic advisor. They will be able to help you navigate the process of requesting academic credit, based on your majors/minors and resulting academic requirements. Often, your specific school may have requirements that other schools at your university don’t, so be sure to speak with someone in your area.
Even if you are unable to get college credit for your internship, some universities will allow you to take a semester-long leave-of-absence to do the internship. In some cases, this might be a worthwhile decision to be able to intern abroad for an extended period of time. We encourage you to consider all possible options and to make this decision based on what is best for you personally and for your family. Good luck!