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As college and university students prepare to study abroad, they often seek an opportunity to receive academic credit for their course work abroad. Students are eligible to receive academic transfer credit through an accredited U.S. college for an additional fee.
We can offer our students 3 ways of obtaining credit for courses taken with us:
1) From your own college by having our courses pre-approved by your
2) Credit by registering with Seattle Central Community College and as such
normally easily approved and transferred between US Colleges.
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3) Credit from West Coast University of Panama
Students are normally eligible to earn academic credits while studying abroad.
Credit for any courses taken with El Paraiso School can usually be counted
towards your degree, or towards graduation requirements.
Two important factors influence whether you will receive academic credit:
• Approval of courses by your home institution
• Your academic performance while abroad
The assessment of the courses you take and the quality of your performance are
handled by your home College/University through a process called Transfer
Credit. This process involves you working closely with your study abroad advisor
or faculty on campus early in your study abroad planning all the way through to
your return from your program.
Courses available for Credit -
Course duration is normally 3-4 weeks (60-80 hours) of private class, depending
on the requirements of your institution.
- SPAN 111 Elementary
- SPAN 101 Beginner I
- SPAN 102
- SPAN 201 Intermediate I
- SPAN 202 Intermediate II
- SPAN 351 F1 Survey of Latin American Literature
- SPAN 352 F2 Survey of Spanish Literature
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How to Obtain Transfer Credit
All schools have procedures in place for pre-approving study abroad programs
and transfer credit. If you are unsure where to start, here is a guide to ensure
a smooth process.
College Check List/Typical Timeline:
||What yoou need to do|
|+ 4 months
Approach your academic advisor from your College/University. Express and interest in Studying abroad.|
|+ 2-3 months
Pre approval has been granted|
|+ 2 months
Enrol with Seattle Community College|
(if needed), pay their course fees
|+ 1 month
Pay the $100US deposit directly El Paraiso School|
Arrive at El Paraiso School - and have a great experience!|
Complete any coursework/assignments etc related to your credits|
|- 1-3 months
Official transcript will be sent to you and your institution, you will receive your transfer
Get Your Courses Pre-Approved
We highly recommend getting your courses pre-approved by your home campus
with plenty of time prior to departing on your program. Meet with your academic
or study abroad advisor on campus to obtain written approval stating that the
courses you select will transfer credits back to your school. To help you with
this course descriptions and syllabus are available from us. Take these to to
your advisor to help them with course evaluation. Make sure when working with
your home advisor that you determine whether the credits earned will count
towards graduation credit, elective credit, or major or minor credit so there is
Written approval is obtained by using an Advisor Approval Form, which which is
normally supplied by your school.
Get Your Transcript Upon Completing Your Program
The amount of credit awarded is
under the discretion of your advisor at your home university or college. We
always recommend that you obtain approval from their academic advisor prior to
departure for the courses in which you plan to enrol.
In order to receive credit for your study abroad program, you must have a
transcript sent to the registrar at your home campus. Students that have
successfully completed their study abroad program will be issued an official
transcript by our institution. These transcripts are directly sent to your College/University.
This normally takes about two to three
Remember the key is to start with plenty of time, to meet with your academic
or study abroad advisor, and to get the courses pre approved.