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Permission to Complete a Course at Another Institution After Matriculation

The university expects that undergraduate students who are earning a Temple degree take all (or almost all) of their courses at Temple.  However, once at Temple, students in good academic standing who meet all student and course eligibility criteria are allowed to transfer credit for two summer or special session courses (up to a maximum of 8 credits) taken elsewhere toward their Temple baccalaureate degree.  Students will not receive credit for courses taken at another institution while matriculated at Temple, unless prior permission is received from their school or college through their advising center.  (For information on the approval process for students studying abroad, go to: www.temple.edu/studyabroad/transfer_approval.html).

To be eligible to complete the Petition to Complete a Course(s) at Another Institution After Matriculation the following criteria must be met:

  • The student's cumulative grade point average must be 2.00 or above at the time of this petition.
  • At the time of admission or reenrollment the student had fewer than 60 credits in transfer.
  • The student has met the prerequisites for the course(s).
  • The course cannot be available through Temple's distance learning program.
  • The course cannot be a duplicate of a course for which the student has already received credit.
  • The course cannot be a duplicate of a course previously attempted (earned a letter grade, failed, withdrawn or incomplete) at Temple.

Students must apply during the semester prior to the one in which they wish to take the course(s) elsewhere.

Students must complete a "Petition to Complete a Course(s) at Another Institution After Matriculation" form obtained either from their advising center or at www.temple.edu/vpus/forms/index.htm.

  • If the course(s) equivalency is not listed in the Transfer Articulation system, the course must be evaluated by the relevant Department's designee/representative.  The Department designee/representative must note the approved evaluation on the petition and return the form to the student so it can be filed in his/her advising records. (Transfer credits cannot be added without a completed form.)
  • Students will not receive credit for courses taken at another institution while matriculated at Temple, unless prior permission is received from their school or college through their advising center.

Students should note that:

  • Credits will be transferred to Temple only upon the completion of the course(s) with a grade of "C-" or better. See Admissions: Transfer Credit.
  • Some Temple schools and colleges have additional limitations on the kind or number of transfer credits accepted.
  • Once matriculated at Temple, it is expected that General Education courses be completed at Temple.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for internships, practical, field studies or independent studies not supervised by Temple University faculty.  Students should check with their School/College academic advisor for exceptions.
  • Students may also receive transfer credit for courses taken through a pre-approved study abroad program.  However, students planning to receive transfer credit for courses completed on a non-Temple program must complete the form "Request for Approval to Study Abroad on a non-Temple Program" for course equivalency approvals. For information about Temple study abroad programs, see Education Abroad. For information about receiving permission to study abroad through another institution, see Study Abroad Approval Procedures for External Programs.
  • Transfer credits do not affect a student's Temple grade point average.
  • A student cannot receive credit for the same course twice.
  • Grades earned in transfer courses cannot be used to replace grades earned in the Temple equivalent courses.
  • A student will not be approved to take a course(s) at another institution if it is the third time that the student will have taken the course(s).
  • Thirty (30) of a student's last 45 credits must be taken at Temple University. (Some majors have additional residency requirements.) See Academic Residency Requirements.
  • To be eligible for Latin Honors at graduation, a student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of the program while matriculated at Temple.

Once a student has received prior permission and taken a course elsewhere, the student must have an official transcript from that institution sent to the Admissions Office as soon the transcript is available.

 

Placement Testing

Go to the Measurement and Research Center web site at www.temple.edu/marc/placements for details.

Also, see the Admissions: Placement Testing section of the Bulletin.

Plagiarism and Academic Cheating

See Academic Honesty in the Student Responsibilities and Rights section of the Bulletin.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites

A course prerequisite is any requirement an academic department identifies as essential for a student to complete before taking a course. The university is responsible for publishing prerequisite requirements. All prerequisites, whether they apply to an individual course or to all courses in a department, should be stated in the electronic version of the university's Course Catalog. They should also be stated in the course syllabus.

Course prerequisites consist of one or more of the following: completion of placement or proficiency tests or other assessments; achievement of specified scores on placement or proficiency tests or other assessments; possession of specified knowledge or skills; approval after audition; approval of portfolio; declaration of major or admission to restricted program; completion of specific courses, sets of courses, and/or kinds of courses; completion of a specified number of semester hours or achievement of a specified class level; achievement of specified grades in prerequisite courses or sets of courses; achievement of a specified GPA; approval of an application or proposal; permission of the instructor, department, or other person or office; satisfaction of other specified requirements.

Students are responsible for knowing and completing all published prerequisite requirements for a course before taking that course. The university has the obligation to inform students of prerequisite requirements. It has the right to cancel a student's registration in a course if the student has not satisfied the published prerequisite requirements for that course.

A course co-requisite is a requirement that must be completed at the same time as the course for which it is required. The university is responsible for publishing co-requisite requirements. All co-requisites, whether they apply to an individual course or to all courses in a department, should be stated in the electronic version of the university's Course Catalog. They should also be stated in the course syllabus. Co-requisites may be specified courses, permissions, admission to programs, and/or other requirements. Students are responsible for knowing and completing all published co-requisite requirements for a course. The university has the obligation to inform students of co-requisite requirements and the right to cancel a student's registration in a course if the student has not arranged to satisfy the co-requisite requirements for that course.

Probation and Dismissal

See Academic Standing (Undergraduate).


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