Determining when and where to study abroad from an academic perspective depends on factors specific to each student – your area depth(s) and possible second major, credit already completed, and where you want to go, to name a few. Course offerings vary by location and semester, so what you want to take while you're away plays a role, too. Plan early - starting the semester you apply to Goizueta is ideal - so you can customize a plan to fit your academic, internship, financial, and personal needs.
Studying abroad during fall or spring semester of third year fits well for most students. The examples below show some common ways that Goizueta students of various area depths fit a semester of required classes into study abroad. Other approaches are possible.
Rarely, a student wants to go abroad during their first semester at Goizueta. However, such a student doesn't satisfy the first pre-req: current enrollment at Goizueta. In such cases, a student is permitted to petition for an exception to the pre-requisites.
How do you submit a petition? You submit, electronically on EagleOps, an additional, page along with your persuasive proposal essay. This additional page should address the reasons for your petition, plus one faculty recommendation letter (from an Emory, Oxford, or Goizueta professor) in academic support of your plan.
If this applies to you, please be aware that (1) there is no guarantee that your petition will be accepted, and (2) your program placement request will be considered *after* all currently admitted students.
As part of the application process, you must meet with BBA International Programs to create an academic advising plan. This document is intended to offer guidance about what types of classes to take. You may also seek academic advising when the actual time for course selection at the host school occurs. This will come from the BBA International Programs office.
Keep in mind that you won't know exactly what classes your host school will offer. Look at your host school's website and make a list of classes (number and title) that will be offered the semester you are there. Next to each class, write down the Goizueta equivalent credit (if known), which you can find in the Database of Approved Courses. If you see a class that is not in our database and if you can find a syllabus for it, please have it evaluated. Try to have classes evaluated before your academic advising appointment if possible. Consult the website for your host school and check the courses offered with the Database of Approved Courses. Please be sure to read the notice that accompanies the database. If the courses that will be offered while you are abroad are not yet listed on their website, view the offerings of the current and past semesters.
Before you applied to study abroad you made an academic lpan and discussed what degree requirements you might find at your host school, so you should have an idea already on what you need. However, you may have changed your area depth or added another area depth or major. Consider your remaining degree requirements when looking for classes on your host school’s website and in the Database of Approved Courses.
It is common for students to not fulfill the exact degree requirements they had originally planned to fulfill; therefore, it is very important that you understand your degree plan and requirements so that you can make informed decisions in case you encounter registration issues abroad.
Courses taken abroad must be evaluated and assigned an Emory/Goizueta equivalent, should you need them to satisfy certain degree requirements. Such degree requirements include GERs, business major requirements (core and area depth electives), or second major classes. The ones in the Database of Approved Courses have already been evaluated by the appropriate academic department and do not need to be evaluated again.
If you find a course that is offered abroad that has not been evaluated for credit at Emory/Goizueta, try to find the syllabus on the host school’s website. You may not be able to find sufficient information to have it evaluated before you go, in which case you will provide the course information while you are abroad.
While you are abroad, submit the online courses abroad form. In response, BBA International Programs will send an overview of how your classes will fit into your degree plan. You will be able to use this as you pre-register for the semester you return to Emory.
Curious about what classes you can take abroad? Search the Database of Approved Courses to see what business and non-business courses Goizueta students have taken abroad and how they transferred to Emory. Need to get a new course reviewed? Submit an online course approval form. [Note: you will need your Goizueta username and password to access these resources.
You must read and acknowledge your understanding of this policy before you access the online database.
The database is a tool intended to help students explore course offerings at partner schools. It cannot replace the specific guidance students receive in an individual advising appointment. To use the database most effectively, it’s important to understand what information it conveys as well as its limitations, as outlined below.
The database reflects the courses students have taken at some point abroad and the Emory credit they received. A student who takes the same business course at the same partner university may expect to earn the same credit, barring any substantial changes to the course content.
Each partner has its own guidelines on what type of coursework it makes available to exchange students. Exchange advisors help students match their course plans and goals with partners' offerings. (At University of St. Gallen, for example, Goizueta students are permitted to choose from bachelor or master level courses).
Students are not restricted to the courses listed in the database. It is a living, growing document; as additional courses are evaluated, they are incorporated into the record. Courses must be re-evaluated every four years.
The database provides no information on when (which semester) or if a course will be offered. For this information students should consult the host institutions’ course offer. Often, specific courses are offered just once a year, while special topics courses may be offered only one time.
The database is historical record. Just as at Emory, partner schools periodically implement curriculum changes, and courses may change in content or be cancelled. If the material covered for a specific course title changes substantially or credit hours are adjusted, (not common, but we have encountered these issues) a re-evaluation of the course will be necessary.
It is possible to have a business or non-business course at a partner school evaluated at any time, if a syllabus is available. Read about the procedures for consideration of new courses.
In addition to the classes referenced in the Database of Approved Courses, the partner universities offer additional business and non-business courses. Students are encouraged to visit the partner school's web site to view course catalogs and specific course information.
Students are expected to register for an equivalent of a full semester of courses the semester they study abroad, taking at least 2 business classes (some partners may require more). Please review this chart to see what credit load at each partner school is equivalent to a full Goizueta semester.
Some host schools offer classes worth only part of a regular class. When by choice or necessity students enroll in partial classes, they must take additional courses to fulfill equal a full course load. For example, two half-classes equal one full course; 3 courses worth 2/3 of a regular class equal two full courses. Schools offering a number of partial classes include but are not limited to EPSCI, ESADE, IDC Herzliya, University of Economics, University of St. Gallen, University of Economics, Prague, & Vienna University of Econ. & Bus Admin. Students studying abroad at these schools will almost certainly have to take more than 4 or 5 courses to earn a full semester of credit while abroad.
Students may earn credit for a maximum of 3 business major requirements while abroad. That means every student takes at least one free/flex class; many will take two. Students may earn credit for a maximum of two core courses while abroad. Students may earn credit up to two business electives while abroad.
At least 4 of the 6 business electives that all BBA students must take to complete the business major must be completed in Atlanta at Goizueta. No matter how many business electives a student takes while abroad, the student will still be required to take 4 business electives in Atlanta at Goizueta to graduate.
Students must take BUS 211 (Managerial Accounting), BUS 365 (Business Communications), BUS 410 (Legal Environment of Business), and any outstanding continuing writing requirement GER courses at Emory.
The registrar's office at Goizueta will enroll you in a full semester of generic BUS 494 credit at Emory. When this occurs, any classes you may have selected during pre-registration/bidding will be removed. This generates a tuition bill, which you will pay by the deadline in the same manner as that of any other semester. It also serves as a place-holder until we transfer your study abroad credit.
Students generally receive information from their host schools 1-2 months before classes begin, outlining the steps to register for classes there. At all host schools it is possible to make changes after arrival, although the number of changes is restricted at some.
The Goizueta honor code and Emory conduct code still apply for Goizueta students participating on study abroad programs. There will also be host school codes to follow—ask your exchange coordinator at the host school for details.