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Course Equivalency Approval Requests

Study Abroad and “Course Equivalency”

At Baruch College, credit for study abroad is awarded strictly on the basis of what we call course equivalency. What this means is that any course you take at a foreign university or on a Study Abroad Program must closely match a course offered at Baruch in terms of content and academic level. The Baruch Application to Study Abroad requires you to request for each course you plan to take abroad that it will be approved for Baruch College credit. We call this a Course Equivalency Approval Request (CEAR for short).

After you have selected your program, you will be given two alternatives for adding CEARs to your Application to Study Abroad for that program:

1. The Course Equivalency Database

The Course Equivalency Database contains a list of the courses at the host university or Study Abroad Program that have been approved by the Baruch faculty for Baruch College equivalent courses within the past five years. You should check the Course Equivalency Database first to see if the course you are thinking about taking has already been approved for Baruch credit. If it has, you only need select it from the list, and it will be submitted automatically to your list of requested courses for that program.

However, please remember: The Course Equivalency Database is NOT a comprehensive list of all courses that could be approved for Baruch equivalent courses, only the ones that were requested and approved within the past five years. The Course Equivalency Database is an important and valuable aid to students. But it is only that.

If you do not see a course you want or need to take in the Course Equivalency Database, do not be misled into thinking that the host university or Study Abroad Program does not offer a course that could be approved for the Baruch equivalent course you seek

2. New Course Equivalency Approval Request (CEAR)

Every course listed in the Course Equivalency Database started out as a new CEAR. If you do not find enough (or even any) previously approved courses you want or need in the Course Equivalency Database, you should select the second option given on the Application to Study Abroad: to submit a new Course Equivalency Approval Request. The link on the Application will open up a new form that will enable you to submit the new CEAR.

Finding Courses at the Host Institution
Finding Equivalent Baruch Courses
Fulfilling Prerequisites

3. Conditional Permits

The Application to Study Abroad contains a third option for adding courses to an application: the “Conditional Permit.” Conditional Permits are never accepted for short-term programs, and very rarely for semester programs. All short-term programs make their syllabi available for their courses, as do most host universities and Study Abroad Program sponsors for semester programs.  A Conditional Permit is reserved for those exceptional situations where a foreign university does not publish course syllabi online or cannot or will not make them available upon request, or the syllabi that are available do not contain all information necessary for the department chair to make a decision. You should only submit a Conditional Permit for a program after consulting with the Director or Associate Director of Study Abroad.

Submitting a Conditional Permit to avoid, even temporarily, preparing new CEARs is futile. Because they create unnecessary work for the Study Abroad Office, moreover, a frivolous submission of a Conditional Permit will weigh negatively when evaluating a student’s Application to Study Abroad.