International Transfer Credits | AUM

International Transfer Credits

Students who have completed post-secondary work in a country other than the United States may be eligible to receive transfer credit toward their AUM degree if that institution is officially recognized by the respective Ministry of Education or governing educational body.

Important Aspects of Transfer Credit:

  • Not all courses will qualify for credit.
  • Transfer courses that closely match the descriptions of courses taught at AUM will generally transfer as direct course equivalency credits.
  • Transfer courses that do not have direct course equivalents at AUM will transfer elective credits within the appropriate academic department or as general educational elective credits. General education elective credits will apply only toward the total number of credits required for graduation, but not toward fulfilling core or major requirements..
  • Transferring a large number of credits DOES NOT necessarily mean a student will complete a degree in shorter length time.
  • Credits may transfer, but may not meet the requirements for a degree at AUM. Your academic advisor can explain how credits will apply toward your degree program.
  • Transfer credit will not be given for English classes taken in a country where the native language is not English.
  • When articulating post-secondary transfer credits, all previous coursework is considered. Low marks and failed courses are not excluded.
  • Many AUM classes have prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to enrolling in certain classes. If you do not provide the required documentation and cannot accomplish your articulation before you arrive at AUM, you may be required to take lower level course work until your transfer credit evaluation is completed. Articulation of international credits may take up to two months.
  • AUM views the completion of secondary school in the home country as equivalent to US completion of secondary school with no additional credit offered regardless of time required to complete home country’s secondary school level.

Sources of Transfer Credit

  • Cambridge International A and AS level Exams: Transfer credit may be awarded for AS-level or A-level examinations with a grade of E and above.
  • German Abitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife):Transfer credit may be awarded to students who have scored passing grades on the Abitur examination administered during the 13th year of secondary school. No Abitur score below the minimum passing grade of 4 will be considered.No advanced standing will be offered to students whose secondary school education terminates at the 12th year, regardless of Abitur results.
  • International Baccalaureate: Students who complete the IB may be eligible for transfer credit.
  • Colleges and Universities: There is no limit on the number of credits that can be transferred from a university. However, students must complete a minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required for graduation in residence at AUM.

Matching courses to AUM credits

After AUM’s credential evaluator has determined that your previous coursework is college level, you will need to have each individual course matched with an AUM course through the articulation process.  

Students are strongly encouraged to start gathering materials as soon as possible after admission to AUM and while still in their home countries.

For every course that you wish to transfer, you will need to submit detailed course information by meeting one of the following two option guidelines listed below. If English is not the native language of your home country all submitted documents must be translated to English. AUM does not provide translation services. 

The application of transfer credit toward a degree program cannot be determined before admission to AUM and the initial meeting with your academic advisor.

      Option One.  Provide a Detailed Course Syllabus: Course Syllabus example

      Providing a course syllabus for each course is the preferred option as it provides the most
      comprehensive information for the evaluator. Generally, a course syllabus outlines the goals
      and objectives of a course, any prerequisites, how students will be graded or evaluated,
      materials used (textbooks, software, etc.), topics to be covered, a meeting schedule and a
      bibliography. Any course syllabus submitted to AUM should contain the following  

  • Title of Course
  • Any pre-requisites required for the course
  • Course level (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, etc.)
  • Course description (a brief overview of course, including objectives and goals upon completion of course)
  • Course content that was covered
  • Whether the course was independent study, a lecture, a seminar, a laboratory, a lecture/laboratory combination, etc.
  • A description of how student is evaluated for the course. For example, how the final grade is determined
  • References utilized during the course, i.e., textbooks used (include title and authors)

       Option Two.  Detailed Course Description from Student’s Home University’s Academic
       Course Catalog or Course Bulletin:  Course Description example

       The second acceptable option is to provide a course description for every course desired for
       transfer. Generally, a course description includes a course title, contact hours (if applicable),
       credit hours, and description of the content of the course and any prerequisites or 
       co-requisites. The main focus should be on content of the course.  If the description is too
       vague or general, credit is unlikely to be awarded.

AUM reserves the right to request additional information as needed. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the articulation guidelines and to ensure that all documents submitted to AUM are complete, accurate and verifiable. 

Submission of Course Syllabus or Course Description to AUM

All course syllabi or course descriptions MUST be in English. AUM prefers that these documents be submitted directly from the institution to AUM. Documents downloaded, in English, from the institution’s website will also be acceptable but only if a direct link to the description or syllabus is provided.   

Course information should be submitted to the International Articulation Coordinator by one of the following methods:


Regular Mail:                            Auburn University at Montgomery
                                                  Attention: Registrar
                                                  International Articulation Coordinator
                                                  P.O. Box 244023
                                                  Montgomery, AL 36124-4023

Express/Expedited Mail:          Auburn University at Montgomery
FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.             Attention: Registrar (International Articulation Coordinator)
                                                  Taylor Center
                                                  7440 East Road
                                                  Montgomery, AL 36117

 In Person:                               Auburn University at Montgomery
                                                 Registrar’s Office
                                                 Attention:  International Articulation Coordinator
                                                 Room 114, Taylor Center

Whether you provide detailed course syllabi or detailed course descriptions, all documents submitted to AUM are subject to verification and become the property of AUM and therefore, will not be released. If any document is found to be fraudulent, the student will be found responsible and subject to disciplinary action.

How can I appeal a transfer credit decision?

Generally, if course articulation has been coordinated though the Registrar’s office and evaluated by a designated faculty member and a decision made, the student must supply additional information in order to have the coursework reviewed a second time.

International Transfer Credit

Course Syllabus example

Course Description example