Transfer, AP, and Study Abroad Credit
Normally, AP credit is arranged through the Admissions Office when you are accepted by Georgia Tech. Any AP credit awarded will be for specific Georgia Tech courses and will be noted on your transcript. You may use AP credit as you would any other similar course taken at Georgia Tech. Typically, AP credit is used to make up for prerequisite courses, allowing you to enroll in more advanced courses at Tech.
Any questions about your AP credit should be directed to the Registrar's Office.
When you apply for admission to Georgia Tech, any transfer credit is normally evaluated by the Registrar's Office. You will then be notified of exactly which courses were accepted for transfer credit along with the corresponding equivalent Georgia Tech courses. This information will appear on your transcript.
If you want to apply for transfer credit for courses taken while you are enrolled at Georgia Tech (e.g. for summer school courses at another university), contact the Registrar's Office directly. Before enrolling, you should check with either the GT Registrar's Office or the department or school at Tech which would normally teach the equivalent course. The Registrar also has listings of already-approved transfer courses at other universities that have been matched with the equivalent Georgia Tech courses. If you check this listing first, you will know if a class you intend to take is already approved.
If your intended course is not pre-approved, you may need to provide the Registrar's Office with detailed information, including:
- a catalog description of the course,
- a detailed course outline typically provided by the instructor at the start of the term or available on a course web page, and
- a copy of the textbook. Copies of course notes and project assignments can also be helpful.
- the approval of the school or department at Georgia Tech that offers the equivalent course.
- a grade of "C" or better is required for any transferred course.
Other very important details are included in the General Catalog.
Quarter Course and "Bridge Course" Equivalencies
Strictly speaking, these are not transfer credit issues. However, each school and department at Georgia Tech maintains lists of quarter-semester course equivalents that you can use for planning and completing programs of study that include both semester and quarter courses.
Receiving credit from your Study Abroad experience is similar to the evaluation of regular transfer credit. It is even more important for you to consult with the GT school that normally teaches the equivalent course so that your foreign university courses can be "pre-approved." This is particularly important if you are trying to earn transfer credit for core AE courses (e.g., structures, fluids, controls, design).
For example, if you take an introduction to structural mechanics course at a foreign university, you will likely want to get credit for AE3120. Because AE3120 is tightly integrated with two other GT courses, AE2120 and AE3121, you will have to get the approval of one of the AE faculty who routinely teaches AE3120. You will probably also need a copy of the course catalog description, the course textbook, and a detailed course outline. You can cull this information from the web or from the catalog itself (available in the Library).
Once you complete the course, you can use this pre-approval when you peition the Registrar's Office for transfer credit. If you do not gather this information before taking the course, you do not have any guarantee that it will be approved for credit.
Although a technical course will not be accepted as transfer credit for a specific GT-AE course, you may be able to receive transfer credit for an equivalent number of hours of "free elective", and this may help complete your program of study. Also, it is usually much easier to work out transfer credit for nontechnical courses or for technical courses that are used as electives.