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Study Abroad Requirements and Transfer Policies

All Robins School students, even those not concentrating in international business, are encouraged to apply for study abroad.  Generally, Robins students are expected to have at least a 3.0 business school and overall GPA.  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. 

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 International Education (IE) website brochure page 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 management courses. Only one finance elective is allowed for transfer credit.  While studying abroad, students may complete no more than two courses equivalent to the following Robins School core courses for transfer credit: BUAD 393 Business Law, BUAD 394 Business Ethics, FIN 360 Principles of Financial Management (not allowed for finance concentrators), 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, ECON 271 Microeconomic Theory, ECON 272 Macroeconomic Theory, BUAD 497 Strategic Management, and IBUS 411 International Business Strategy.

Accounting majors may receive transfer credit for ACCT 305 Cost and Managerial Accounting only.  They cannot receive transfer credit for any other 300 or 400 level accounting courses required for the accounting major.  This policy does not apply to students concentrating in accounting.

Students concentrating or planning to concentrate in finance must take FIN 360 Principles of Financial Management at the Robins School.  FIN 360 is taught each semester and during summer.  Students concentrating in Finance are not permitted to receive transfer credit for FIN 361 Corporate Finance, FIN 366 Investments, FIN 461 Cases and Financial Modeling, FIN 466 Fixed Income and Derivative Securities, or FIN 467 Applied Portfolio Management.

Marketing electives may not be taken abroad if the student has not completed the basic core course in the field (MKT 320 Principles of Marketing).  Students may take 300 or 400 level economics courses for transfer credit only if they have completed ECON 271.

Note that by virtue of studying abroad for a full semester students satisfy the requirement to take an international focused business or economics elective.

All Robins School students are automatically enrolled in IBUS 387 Cultural Awareness while abroad.  This is a .25 unit, pass/fail course.  Details of the course requirements will be provided after you return from your study abroad period.

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.

Center for International Business Programs

Robins School of Business
102 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Associate Dean for International Business Programs
Thomas Cossé, Ph.D.
(804) 289-8572

International Business & Residencies Coordinator
Fae Bell
(804) 287-6651

Administrative Assistant, International Business Programs
Kim Duren
BUS Q291
(804) 289-8264