Our policies and procedures for transfer and applicability of course credits to a JCU Bachelor of Arts incorporate these basic principles:
Course work of comparable content and scope to the JCU curriculum will generally be transferred if it was completed at colleges or universities accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, or other regional accrediting organizations at the time the work was completed. For international colleges or universities, the international equivalent of regional accreditation or Ministry of Education recognition will be considered.
U.S. Accreditation Bodies for Higher Education Institutions:
If course work was completed at a school not regionally accredited, a student may specifically request that their course work be considered for transfer. The Registrar’s Office at John Cabot University will utilize the recommendations of American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) when making its decision.
These recommendations include, but are not limited to:
A student's initial class standing is determined by the total number of transfer credits awarded by the Registrar's Office upon acceptance, not by the number of semesters/years already completed at other universities/colleges.
A Bachelor of Arts Degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 credits distributed according to the general requirements of the University and the requirements of the major. At least 60 credits, including the last 30, must be earned in residence at John Cabot University.
An Associate of Arts Degree requires completion of a minimum of 60 credits distributed according to the general requirements of the University and the requirements of the major. At least 30 credits, including the last 15, must be earned in residence at John Cabot University.
The University allows a maximum of 60 sem hrs of transfer coursework to be applied towards any B.A. program and a maximum of 30 sem hrs of transfer coursework to be applied towards any A.A. program. If, upon acceptance, your transfer credits exceed 60, there will be a difference between the "total transfer credits granted" and the "total credit hours to be completed in residency" under the Official Transfer Credit Evaluation document.
Despite these restrictions, all of your transferable credits are listed on the Transfer Credit Evaluation and on your official transcripts. It may be helpful to think of your transfer credits as a "bank account" of credits from which you may draw to fulfill university proficiency requirements, as well as specific degree program requirements. All of your transferable credits will remain in the bank, but no more than 60 may be withdrawn in order to be applied to toward the 120 (or more) credits required to obtain a B.A. degree.
Transfer credit is only considered from international colleges/universities that are recognized by the Ministry of Education, or a similar accrediting body, in the home country. In order to qualify for transfer credits, courses completed at recognized international tertiary institutions must be applicable to the student's degree and comparable to the nature, content and quality of John Cabot University undergraduate courses.
An official copy of the transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar's Office for any coursework to be evaluated for transfer credit award. A certified translation must accompany all academic documents not issued in English. The translation should be literal and not interpretative. If the course content is not evident from course titles, students should be prepared to provide official catalog course descriptions as well as detailed syllabi.
In many cases, international credits will have to be converted into U.S. semester hours. The Registrar's Office will also determine the grade scale equivalency for each international institution based on WES and AACRAO recommendations.