Taking courses elsewhere
Information for students
If you are a current WVU student who wants to take credits at an American or international
institution, the first step is to see your academic adviser to get permission to
begin the process.
Once you know what courses you want to take, and where you want to take them, you
and your adviser can access the
transfer credit database
to determine how the course(s) will transfer back to WVU (see links below for additional viewing options).
If you want to take a course that is not listed, you must request that it be added
to the database via the
Transfer Equivalency Review Request (TERR).
In most cases, the review process takes 5 to 10 business days.
- Courses that are not in the database will not be accepted by WVU.
- Courses will not be accepted without an approved transient credit form.
- Courses taken at other institutions without proper approval may not transfer or fulfill a degree requirement.
Request an approval
Request domestic transient approval to take a course(s) at an American institution.
You will need to download the PDF, fill it out, save it, and email it to your adviser.
Request approval to take a course(s) at an international institution or through study abroad. You will need to download the PDF, fill it out, save it, and email it to your adviser.
Course coding of transferable credit
In order to clearly identify and distinguish non-equivalent coursework, West Virginia University utilizes unique numbering for the various types of credit brought to WVU. The following legend explains the codes utilized by WVU, and when they may be applied.
|xTC||Utilized to designate coursework taken from a transfer institution that was found to not have a direct equivalent at WVU. The preceding number (x) indicates the level the course was taken as at the previous institution. The assigned subject code is determined by the content matter covered.
||HIST 1TC; BIOL 2TC; MATH 3TC; CHEM 4TC
|1C1 & 1C2
||Awarded to English Composition courses that are found not directly equivalent to WVU's ENGL 101 & ENGL 102. These courses help to satisfy the General Education Foundation area 1. ENGL 1C1 serves as a prerequisite to ENGL 102.
||ENGL 1C1 & ENGL 1C2
||Utilized to designate coursework that has not yet been evaluated for possible equivalency.
||Utilized to represent coursework taken in transient, that requires an approved transient form to be articulated.
||Awarded to Advanced Placement exam scores that do not have an approved equivalent. May satisfy General Education requirements.
||Awarded to International Baccalaureate exam scores that do not have an approved equivalent. May satisfy General Education requirements.
||Awarded to College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam scores that do not have an approved equivalent. May satisfy General Education requirements.
Information for advisers
Once a student has emailed you a domestic or international transient form, you can
verify and submit the request using the
Transient Credit Approval Process.
Transfer credit database
Review transfer and transient credit database in Argos.
Note: This may not work for all users and/or browsers, and optimally works in Internet Explorer. If you cannot access the Argos report, see the exported .csv below.