Undergraduate Student Handbook
Taking Courses Elsewhere
PENN ENGINEERING STUDENTS MAY TAKE UP TO 5 COURSES FOR CREDIT AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
(i.e. “credit away”).
Students wishing to apply for "credit away" must obtain approval from the appropriate department at Penn before enrolling in the course. To request credit away through a Penn department, login to XCAT (External Course Approval Tool) and submit a course syllabus and other supporting materials from the external institution.
After completion of the course, the student must request from the external institution that an official transcript be sent to the SEAS Office of Research and Academic Services, 111 Towne, 220 S. 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.
A minimum grade of C is required for a course to be eligible for credit away. The grade itself, however, will not appear on the Penn transcript.
No credit will be granted for courses taken at two-year institutions (e.g. junior or community college).
Students on Leave of Absence may not take courses elsewhere for transfer into Penn except with special permission obtained from the Office of Research and Academic Services beforehand.
Failed courses may not be cleared by taking a course at another institution.
Students who have been Dropped by Penn may not take courses elsewhere for transfer back to Penn.
Students who have transferred to Penn Engineering from another institution must complete at least one half of the total courses required for graduation at Penn. Thus, transfer students are not eligible to take courses at another institution if five or more courses have been transferred into Penn.
Penn Engineering students should note that a special program is available to them so that they may take courses at Quaker Consortium schools: Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore.