Study Abroad Requirements and Transfer Policies
All Robins School students, even those not concentrating in international business, are encouraged to apply for study abroad. The Robins School enjoys relationships with leading business schools throughout the world. In accordance with University policy, credits will be transferred only from partner institutions or pre-approved study programs. Students who study at schools that are not Robins School partners are permitted to transfer only one business or economics course.
While studying abroad, Robins School students must complete a course that focuses on the culture/society, history, political system or economy of the host school's country or region.
Students studying in a country where the native language is not English are required to participate in the host school's pre-semester language course, whether offered for credit or not, or take a regular semester language course, or a course in any subject in which the language of instruction is the local language.
Students must attend the host institution's pre-semester orientation for international/exchange students.
Students must enroll in the equivalent of at least 3.5 units of coursework, but no more than the equivalent of 5.5 units. Credit conversions are explained on the Office of International Education (OIE) website for each partner school. A grade equivalent of "C" or better is required for a course to be accepted for transfer. Note that only the credits, not the grade is transferred. Courses graded on a pass/fail basis are not transferable.
No more than two elective courses in the same subject area may be completed while studying abroad. For example, a student may take no more than two marketing courses or two finance courses. While studying abroad, students may complete no more than two courses equivalent to the following Robins School core courses for transfer credit: BUAD 392 Ethical, Social and Legal Responsibilities of Business, FIN 360 Principles of Finance, MGMT 320 Business Information Systems, MGMT 330 Organizational Behavior, MGMT 340 Operations Management and MKT 320 Principles of Marketing.
Transfer credit will not be granted for the following courses: ACCT 301 and 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II, BUAD 497 Strategic Management, and IBUS 411 International Business Strategy.
Accounting majors are not permitted to complete 300 or 400 level accounting courses for transfer credit while abroad. This policy does not apply to students concentrating in accounting.
Students concentrating or planning to concentrate in finance are advised to take FIN 360 Principles of Financial Management at the Robins School prior to studying abroad. FIN 360 is taught each semester and during summer. Further only in very rare situations will students be permitted to receive transfer credit for FIN 366 Investments and FIN 467 Portfolio Management and Analysis.
All Robins School students are required to be enrolled in IBUS 387 Cultural Awareness while abroad. This is a .25 unit, pass/fail course consisting of pre and post study abroad programs and assignments while abroad.
Course approvals for business and economics courses course approval form for business and economics courses must be obtained from Dr. Thomas J. Cossé, the Associate Dean for International Business Programs. Approval for courses in other fields must be obtained from the appropriate chair in the school of Arts and Sciences or Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Students are encouraged to secure approval for courses prior to departing Richmond; however, it is not uncommon for course offerings to change after arrival at the host school. In such cases, it is the student's responsibility to contact Dr. Cossé, prior to registering to ensure that classes not previously approved will be accepted for transfer credit upon return to Richmond.
NOTE: Prior approval of a course for transfer credit does not mean that a student has the necessary background and prerequisites for the course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the background and prerequisites of the study abroad host institution are met. The student should consult with the assigned advisor at the host school.