Non-GVSU Course Approval Process

This guide is for students participating in a Non-GVSU Program. 

Step 1: Research Courses Offered at the Host University

For Non-GVSU Programs:

Research courses offered at the host university you've selected. Course information can be found by visiting the non-GVSU provider's website.

Please note, not all courses that are listed will be offered every semester. For questions regarding courses (including requesting a syllabus) contact the Non-GVSU provider directly (i.e. ISA, CEA, etc.)


United Arab Emirates 

Step 2: Review Existing Course Equivalencies

For Non-GVSU  Programs:

Some courses have already been approved to transfer back to GVSU a certain way. To view these courses, see Pre-approved Course Equivalencies.


  • If there is an existing course equivalency for the course you wish to take abroad, simply indicate the course you plan to take abroad on the Departmental Course Approval Form and turn it in to the Padnos International Center. No signature required.

Step 3: Request a Course Equivalency

If the course you would like to take abroad has not already been approved, you will need to request a course equivalency from a relevant GVSU department to determine how the course would transfer back to GVSU.

To request  a course equivalency, you must contact the appropriate department contact (see below) by sending them an email (see Sample Email) or meeting with them in-person to fill out the Departmental Course Approval Form together. For more information, review the Course Approval Step-by-Step Instructions

STEP 4: Send Forms to Padnos International Center

Send via email or paper copy

Step 5: Fulfill General Education Credits (Optional)

Courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill General Education requirements including Issues, Foundations & Cultures and Supplemental Writing Skills.

Page last modified December 4, 2017