The credit structure at DIS mirrors most North American institutions. Most courses are three credits, while a few carry one or six credits. Semester students must take a minimum of 12 credits. No more than 15 credits may come from a combination of three- or six-credit courses.
Studying at DIS should not delay your graduation, as long as you take the necessary steps to clear your courses and credits with your home university before starting your study abroad semester or year.
The best way to make your DIS credits count for something back home is to plan ahead! Meet with your study abroad office and academic advisor, bringing along the DIS courses that interest you and their syllabi to help your advisors determine transfer details. If you need additional information, contact the North American Office at (800) 247-3477, non-U.S.: (612) 301-7200 or write DIS@DISabroad.org.
Reporting of Credits and Grades
Final Grade Reports are sent at the end of each semester/year – one copy to you and one to your home university (or the one that admitted you to DIS). These reports include courses taken, grades and credits earned. Grades are A-F like at home, and the full report is in English.
School of Record
The University of Minnesota is the DIS school of record, which issues official transcripts to institutions that are unable to accept the DIS Final Grade Report as documentation of credit earned abroad. There is an additional fee of $425 for this service. You will receive additional information about School of Record during program registration.