Alternate Credit

Alternate Ways of Earning Credit

For the baccalaureate degree, Reinhardt University will accept a maximum of 30 semester credits of validated college-level learning from any combination of formal skill testing and/or experiential learning.

For the associate degree, the University will accept a maximum of 15 semester credits of validated college-level learning from any combination of formal skill testing and/or experiential learning.

Credit by be granted for any combination of the following:

Advanced Placement Program Examination (AP)

High school students who participate in the Advanced Placement Program may be eligible to earn college credit. In the areas that Reinhardt has courses, students may earn a maximum of 15 semester credits by AP examination. Generally, the required cut-off score to earn college credit for AP work is a three on an Advanced Placement exam. A student should check with the Office of the Registrar for acceptable scores and the specific courses they replace.

University-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests

Acceptable scores on one or more of the general or subject-area examinations of the University Entrance Examination Board University-Level Examination Program (CLEP) entitle students to a maximum of 15 semester credits in areas where Reinhardt University offers courses.

The Educational Testing Service administers CLEP exams at its various testing centers. Please visit for testing centers.

Proficiency Examination Program (PEP)

A student who feels that he or she knows the material for a particular course may request to take a comprehensive final examination to earn credit for that course. The student must secure the approval of the appropriate School Dean and the faculty member who teaches the course. Before taking the final exam, the student must pay a test fee equivalent to the charge for one semester credit. The student must earn a grade of C or better on the final exam to earn credit for the course. The course will be noted on the transcript as having been passed by examination; however, the exam grade will not be calculated in the grade point average. If the student fails the final exam, he or she will not be allowed to repeat it for credit in that particular course. A student may earn a maximum of 15 semester credits through the proficiency examination program.

Directed Study

Directed study is an alternative method of learning required course material which is appropriate only when a student cannot take the course in the usual manner. Under the direction of a faculty member, the student must meet the same learning outcomes as required in a regularly scheduled course. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to pursue directed study. Directed Studies should not be used for core classes. Regulations and directed study applications can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Only two courses taken by directed study may be applied toward fulfilling graduation requirements and only one directed study may be taken in a term. There is an additional charge of $90 per credit hour.

The Application for Directed Study must be completed and signed by the faculty member, School Dean and the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs and submitted BY THE STUDENT before the end of the drop/add period. IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED SIGNATURES ARE OBTAINED AND THAT THIS FORM IS IN THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE BY THE DROP/ADD DEADLINE.

Independent Study

Independent study is a carefully organized learning activity with specific objectives and methods of evaluation developed by a student in consultation with a supervising faculty member. It is an inquiry into an area not covered by a regular course or intensive study beyond the scope of regular classroom work. Such inquiry may occur in the library or a laboratory, or through reading, research or experimentation.

The purpose of independent study is to encourage a high level of individual academic achievement and to stimulate and orient students toward advanced work. Independent study courses are available in nearly every subject area and are numbered 299 (sophomore level) or 499 (junior/senior level). Regulations and independent study applications can be obtained from the Office of Records, Registration and Advisement. Only two courses taken by independent study may apply toward fulfilling graduation requirements and only one independent study may be taken in a term. There is an additional charge of $90 per credit hour.

Approval of the Application for Independent Study must be completed prior to the start of the term in which the Independent Study will be taken.

Experiential Learning Credit

Reinhardt follows the recommendations of the American Council of Education and the Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning in awarding experiential learning credit.  Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis.  Experiential learning considered for credit must be related to the course work in the general education curriculum, major program of study, or elective courses of the student's chosen academic program.  The experiential learning must relate to the learning objectives of the Reinhardt course for which the student is seeking credit.  The student will demonstrate competencies that would be acquired through the Reinhardt course for which credit is being requested.

The procedure for experiential learning credit is available within the Academic Policies section of the Academic Catalog.

Study Abroad

Reinhardt students have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge and expand their own cultural identities by studying abroad. The International Studies program at Reinhardt University provides students with life-transforming educational experiences outside of the borders of their own society. These programs expand upon the high-quality liberal arts, professional and science education they obtain at Reinhardt as students learn to interact more effectively in a world that is becoming more interdependent and more global.

Students may register for summer school group courses led by Reinhardt faculty program directors in which the classroom is global. In recent years, faculty-led programs have explored Spain, Ghana, France, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Great Britain.

Alternately, or in addition, students may work on an individual basis with the Director of International Studies and their major advisors to find a summer-, semester- or year-long study abroad program that fits their geographical, academic and financial needs and interests. These may be classroom programs, internships, field or service learning programs, or a combination. Each program will have its own selection criteria; each applicant must meet the standards set by that particular program. Students work with their advisors to assure that their choice of a program will reinforce and supplement their major curriculum. In recent years, Reinhardt students have lived and studied in Denmark, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Italy, England and Peru.

International studies opportunities provide excellent support for students in any major and such programs deeply enrich our students and our University community.

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Cheryl Brown
International Studies Program Coordinator

Additional Resources for Individualized Study Abroad

Students may work with their advisors and the director of International Studies to find study abroad opportunities to fulfill their academic needs.

Resources for Faculty

Study Abroad Handbook

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Useful tips for traveling and getting the most out of your study abroad experience;
Useful web sites;
Essential Forms;
Additional information.

Why Study Abroad?

Reinhardt University's Study Abroad Mission Statement (see the Handbook) provides the essential reasoning for participating in educational experiences beyond the Reinhardt campus. We live in a global community, and Reinhardt students must be prepared to function effectively in that interconnected global community no matter what their future career. For those of you planning a career in the business world, the following essay may provide you with further motivation for gaining an international education.

American Business and Society Has Gone Global, But the American People Have Not
By John Jarvis, Ph.D., Bay Path University

At the end of the twentieth century, globalization has transformed the ways we live, work, and play. American business people and tourists make 50 million trips outside of the U. S. each year. An additional 50 million foreign visitors come to our shores annually. Foreign tourists alone pump $100 billion into our economy each year, supporting over 1 million jobs. The globalization of U. S. investment and industry is even more impressive. Overseas investment by Americans is nearing the trillion-dollar mark. Foreign investment in the U. S. is close behind and growing. Increasingly, the annual revenues of American businesses come from outside the U. S. Colgate-Palmolive Company pulls in 70% of its yearly income from overseas. Intel earns almost 50% of annual revenues from foreign sales. Over 40% of Reebok's yearly sales take place in 139 countries around the globe. Worldwide, these sales add up. In fact, overseas branches of multinational corporations currently bring in annual sales of a sobering six trillion dollars to those companies that have pushed beyond their own borders.

Globalization in the past few years has also expressed itself through the acquisition of American firms by foreign owners at a much-increased rate. Such icons of American life as Dunkin' Donuts, Burger King, and Holiday Inn are no longer American. Foreigners now own thousands of U.S. companies. Five million people in the U. S. work for employers who live overseas, and the numbers are growing every day. What is happening here at home is happening everywhere. Worldwide, global corporate mergers are skyrocketing. They totaled 6000 in 1997. In the first half of 1998 alone, the value of cross-border business mergers boomed to a cool trillion dollars.

In the past three decades, every aspect of U. S. business and society has gone global except one -- the American people. At the very time that vast networks of communication, transportation, trade, finance, technology transfer, and politics have made the world a single community, the American people have remained largely monolingual, monocultural, and unaware of what is going on in the rest of the world. This is creating one of the most serious and most costly problems which leaders in business, industry, and government face. Consider the facts:

  • Only about 7% of American college graduates take at least one course in a foreign language. This is less than half of the number of college students who studied foreign languages thirty years ago.
  • Americans often assume that the rest of the world is learning English. Therefore many feel that they do not need to learn a foreign language. In reality, although English is the second most spoken language on Earth, only 8.5% of the world's people speak it. This includes native speakers and those who have learned English as a second language.
  • Americans are three to four times more likely to fail in overseas assignments than Asian or European workers. Experts in international employee training have found that this high failure rate (25% of all U. S. workers sent abroad) is due to the inability of Americans to adapt to new cultures.

It can cost a company up to $1 million in wasted resources and other expenses when an employee comes home prematurely from an overseas assignment.& It can be even more costly if the employee does not come home prematurely but rather stays on the job abroad and regularly offends overseas clients and partners through ignorance, personal frustrations and negative attitudes towards the host culture that accompany the lack of cultural adaptation.

Studying Abroad Can Make a Difference

Students who choose to study overseas can start now to develop the essential language and intercultural communication skills that will make them leaders in their fields in the years ahead. As students, they have both the time and the institutional support to help them focus on learning how to cross cultures successfully. Furthermore, they are still young and much more flexible in their personal habits and cultural attitudes than they will be later when established in their careers and families.

A student who takes seriously the opportunity to study in a foreign land can expect to develop the following kinds of understandings and skills:

  1. The ability to communicate in at least one foreign language
  2. A better understanding of how different one culture can be from another and how deeply we are limited if we only know one way of living, thinking, feeling, and behaving.
  3. The ability to set aside one's "home" culture and to bridge to new cultures in your attitudes, behaviors, and ways of productively seeing and solving problems.
  4. The ability to lead America with greater understanding and confidence into the 21st century through successful day-to-day interactions in the global workplace that has become a reality in every field and every discipline.
  5. A deeper understanding of the human experience in all its varieties and global diversity.

The five qualities above are marketable skills in the corporate world, and are at the heart of what employers in the U. S. and around the world are most looking for in new hires as we enter what many are calling the "global" century. Students who study abroad can turn lack of international awareness, currently one of the greatest weaknesses in America, into one of their greatest personal strengths as they launch careers in their chosen fields. On a personal level, these students will have the human understanding and global awareness that will help them to live meaningful lives as informed citizens of the global community.

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