General Liberal Arts Credit:
All courses must be in the liberal arts and similar to those offered here at Williams. In order to receive credit toward your Williams degree for your study away, you must take the full course load of the program in which you are studying and fulfill the credit requirements stated in your formal CAS approval email letter. This is usually 5 courses per semester (equal to 4 courses at Williams), although at some programs it is 3 or 4 courses or even as many as 6. Most departments will accept between l and 3 credits toward your major, with prior approval. All work successfully completed on an approved program will apply toward the Williams degree. Unless you are attending a Williams Program in this country or abroad, grades earned on study away are not factored into your GPA.
A student must obtain a “C-” or above in order for the general course credit to transfer toward the Williams degree. Courses taken on an approved program will not appear on a Williams transcript or factor into the Williams GPA. Courses taken on the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford or Williams-Mystic will appear on the Williams transcript and factor into the Williams GPA. We do not give credit for internships or practicums without prior approval.
Williams requires that each course meet for at least 12 weeks. One term out of a three-term calendar (e.g., in the UK) is not a sufficient period of classroom instruction. Students should plan to attend two terms in spring or choose a program on a semester calendar. Final assessment must be by examination or a final paper. You must sit all examinations at the same normally scheduled time as those host country students working toward the degree. Special exam arrangements are not acceptable unless the same options are offered to host country degree candidates.
Students can get major credit when they study away. Approval for major credit happens at the departmental level once a student knows the classes they will be taking when they are away from Williams. Please click on the Major Credit Guide here to see who to contact regarding major credit study away questions. If your major/concentration has no URL on the attached spreadsheet, that means we have not found any information online about study away credit for that particular major, and you should contact the department directly.
If you are studying away for a full year, in two different countries and programs, at Williams Mystic, or if there is a conflict in the dates of your program and Winter Study, you will automatically be granted credit for Winter Study as part of your study away semester. Since you are granted credit, you are not allowed to enroll for Winter Study on campus except by petition.
If you have questions about short-term, faculty-led International Winter Study programs, please consult with the Registrar’s Office. More information can be found here.
Williams Mystic students may accept credit for Winter Study as part of their study away semester or they may enroll in a Winter Study on campus. Inquire at [email protected] for details regarding this option.
*NOTE: As soon as you are officially enrolled in courses on your program, email your courses to [email protected] for approval for Williams credit toward the degree.
Study Away Program Transcript: It is your responsibility to request a transcript from your program and see that it is sent to:
International Education and Study Away Office
Tina Breakell, Director
PO Box 518
Williamstown, MA 01267.
You are strongly urged to request a transcript for yourself for future references for graduate school and/or employment at the same time. You will not be able to retrieve the Williams copy of your transcript.