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Taking courses elsewhere

Taking Course in Transient (not Study Abroad)

If you are a current WVU student who wants to take credits in transient 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 approved to be taken in transient.
  • Courses taken in transient at other institutions without proper approval will transfer in as NOEQ 1NT (see below).

Request an approval

Request 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.

Study Abroad

Students who wish to take courses abroad as part of an approved program should consult with both their academic advisor and the Office of Global Affairs. Once the desired coursework is selected, you should coordinate with these two entities to complete the Study Abroad FormStudents are strongly encouraged to read and review the instructions on the form to fully understand how to properly transfer their coursework back successfully if their plans change. 

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. 

Code  Description  Example
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.  
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.
NOEQ 100
Utilized to designate coursework that has not yet been evaluated for possible equivalency.
NOEQ 100
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.

Advanced Placement Credit

Beginning for First Time Freshmen in the fall 2019, Advanced Placement exam equivalencies will not be automatically awarded to their record at the receipt of their scores. Exams and scores will be displayed in the "Not Counted" bin of the student's Degree Works audit, indicated with the appropriate subject code, the number 1XP, and titled with the earned course equivalent. 

Students may request to have their AP exam equivalencies applied to their record by utilizing the following AP Credit Request site page. 

Information for advisers

Once a student has emailed you a transient or study abroad form, you can verify and submit the request using the  Transient Credit Approval Process or  Study Abroad 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.

Review the transfer and transient credit database in an exported Excel file. 

Additional questions

If you have additional questions regarding transfer and/or transient credit, please email