Course Offer and Enrollment Policies
A comprehensive list of all classes possibly offered is available in the program catalog or on the list of course descriptions. Please note the difference between this comprehensive list of all classes possibly available, as compared to the limited list of classes taught for a specific semester (called the course atlas or course schedule). Emory University does not teach every course in the catalog or on the list of Course Descriptions every semester; only select courses are offered in specific semesters.
Course schedules and atlases for each Fall semester are available by approximately March 15 each year; schedules and atlases for each Spring semester area available by approximately October 15.
Certain Emory College classes are not open to exchange students, including Freshman Seminars (numbered 190), directed study classes, classes open only to Emory students majoring in that subject, and varsity sports physical education classes.
Classes do fill. Although a class may be taught in a given semester, there may not be enough space in the class for every student who wishes to take it. This is why the online course request form requires that students identify alternatives for each preferred class.
Exchange students are enrolled as non-degree, special standing undergraduate students of the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.
All students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours but no more than 20 total credit hours for one semester.
All students must enroll in at least 2 business school courses, and may not enroll in more than 2 Emory College of Arts & Sciences classes. Please note that economics courses at Emory University are offered by Emory College of Arts & Sciences, not by the Goizueta Business School.
OPUS: Emory's Student Records and Registration System
Emory University uses a web-based system to manage student records and registration. After exchange students apply and are accepted to a period of exchange study at Goizueta Business School, their basic information will be entered into the OPUS system.
All exchange students should become familiar with the OPUS system as soon as they are notified of their log-in credentials by BBA International Programs. Students may access their OPUS student accounts initially using this website.
Once students have their official network ID and password, OPUS may be logged into and used for the following functions: review of monetary balance owed on the student financial account, review of the class schedule, completion of the waiver of Emory University's student health insurance plan (if so desired), and address changes or updates.
After completion of the period of exchange study, OPUS may be used to request transcripts.
Changing and Eliminating Classes
Although there are no spaces in classes guaranteed for exchange students, every effort is made to accommodate students' preferences. Students should plan to finalize their list of enrolled classes during the add/drop/swap period at the beginning of the semester.
Students have approximately one week to add, drop, or swap (change) classes with no penalty after the semester begins. After the last day of add/drop/swap, all courses in which the student is enrolled will appear on the transcript.
Academic Calendar and Timetables
For a list of university holidays and academic dates, please see here.
Goizueta classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. The most common timetables are Monday and Wednesday for 75 minutes each day, or Tuesday and Thursday for 75 minutes each day. Some classes are taught for 150 minutes one day each week.
Emory College classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week. The most common timetables at Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 50 minutes each day, or Tuesday and Thursday for 75 minutes each day. Some classes are taught for 150 minute one day each week.
You can learn the exact timetable for each class by reviewing the semester course offer. Students are not permitted to enroll in classes with conflicting timetables.
Classroom Culture and Procedures
Every student is expected to attend all of the sessions for each class in which he or she is enrolled after the end of the add/drop/swap period, and to complete assessments for every class.
A student may drop a class after the last day of add/drop/swap, but a grade of W (Withdrawn) or WF (Withdrawn Failure) will appear on the transcript, depending on the date and circumstance. Withdrawals after add/drop/swap but before the mid-point of the semester may be recorded as W; withdrawals after that date will result in a grade of WF. The exchange coordinator can provide the exact date in each semester upon request.
Each class has a designated final exam time. Students will learn these times after the mid-point of the semester. Exams may be scheduled at any time during the final exam period, which lasts for one week after regular classes end.
Goizueta Business School exams may be rescheduled at a students' request if the student has two exams at the same exact time, or more than three exams scheduled to begin and to finish in one period of 24 hours.
Emory College exams may not be rescheduled.
For all these reasons, exchange students should organize their travel plans to stay at Emory University through the last day of the final examination week.
Work Load and Teaching Style
Exchange students are often surprised by the frequency and quantity of assignments in the United States. In the business school, it is not uncommon to have two to ten hours of reading and homework each week for each class.
Classes are heavily discussion and case based. Sometimes, professors allow students to raise their hands to respond to questions posed, known as "warm calling." At other times, professors call on students who have not indicated a willingness to answer the question; this is known as "cold calling."
All students taking classes at Goizueta receive a name plate, a paper card with first name and family/last name displayed. Professors in most classes expect students to display these name plates during each class.
There are often several assessments made of a student during the semester. These may include, but may not be limited to, grades for class participation, class presentations, projects, quizzes, tests, and final exams. The final grade is usually calculated from a combination of the various grades earned on these assessments, in distinct percentage values.
Group work is common at Goizueta. A professor may assign students to groups, or allow students to form their own groups. International students are strongly encouraged to participate in groups with American participants, not just with other international students.
Groups often establish meeting schedules independent of scheduled class times. Groups frequently meet at night, due to the extracurricular commitments of many American members such as sports, fraternities/sororities, and clubs.
Grading and Syllabus Materials
At Goizueta Business School, a grading distribution is used in all classes. Please review it, as well as the grading scale, here.
Syllabus materials for business school classes should be available from Summer 2013. As soon as the link is available, it will be added here.
Syllabus materials are not publicly available for Emory College classes. Students who elect to take courses from this faculty must wait until arrival and the start of classes to obtain syllabus materials. Discussion-based and lecture classes are most common in Emory College classes. Assessments are similar there. Group work is not as frequent. A grading distribution is rarely used.
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Cheating, Plagiarism, and Academic Integrity
Exchange students from countries with different traditions regarding quotations, citations, or giving/receiving unauthorized help on graded assessments should be particularly careful to learn and follow the Emory conduct code and Goizueta honor code during their participation on a BBA exchange program. All cases of possible scholastic dishonesty are referred to the relevant dean's office.
Academic dishonesty is not permitted at Emory University. In the United States, academic dishonesty includes representing another's words or ideas as one's own without proper citation (such as copying and pasting information from books or the Internet for use in presentations or papers without using quotation marks and/or indicating from what source the material came); and giving or accepting unauthorized help on graded assessments. These are known respectively as plagiarism and cheating.