AIFS Credit & Transcripts
Foreign universities do not use the credit system employed by American institutions. Degrees are usually awarded on the basis of a final examination under government-issued charters. AIFS students must make special arrangements to transfer credits, but since AIFS courses are given at recognized universities, there usually is no difficulty in arranging transfer credit toward U.S. degrees provided the proper procedure is followed. Richmond, The American International University in London, is U.S.-accredited and functions on the American credit system. Richmond's credits are easily transferred to most colleges or universities in the U.S.
AIFS Admissions Officers are available to assist you in the process. The following procedure is recommended for credit transfer:
- Read course descriptions for the selected program and select at least five first choice courses for each semester or quarter and at least two second choices (five for Richmond and Limerick).
- Obtain approval from your academic or study abroad advisor for the preliminary courses selected. A signature is required on the course selection form. Final approval of credit transfer for completed courses is at the discretion of the Registrar or appropriate official at the home institution. Students must ascertain that courses taken meet their individual academic program requirements. Recommended credits in this catalog are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit. A program normally carries 12 to 15 credits spread over five courses of three hours each.
When you complete your program, an original transcript is sent to your home institution directly from the foreign university you attended. Another official transcript is sent to AIFS in Stamford. Richmond, the University of Limerick and Macquarie University are exceptions and retain transcripts in their Registrars' Office. Transcripts issued by Chapman University for the Cannes program are retained by Chapman University.
Transcripts for Richmond programs are prepared by the Richmond Registrar's Office, Richmond, The American International University in London, Queen's Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed free of charge to the address specified on the signed application form. Additional official transcript copies may be obtained from the Richmond Registrar's Office by using the Transcript Request Form on the Richmond website, www.richmond.ac.uk/cms/pdfs/transcript-request.pdf. This form should be printed, signed and mailed or faxed to the Registrar's Office. There is a fee of approximately $10 per transcript, plus an additional fee if courier service is requested. Address, fax number and fee details are on the request form. An end-of-term grade report will be sent to the home address on your application form.
If you have outstanding bills or unreturned library books, your transcript will be withheld until accounts are settled.
Students not currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university who cannot obtain advance approval for credit transfer are advised to enroll in Richmond, The American International University in London, or one of its programs in Florence or Rome, since Richmond is a U.S.-accredited university whose credits are usually accepted by other U.S. colleges and universities.
Academic Records Credit assessment methods in foreign universities may not be comparable to those in a U.S. university. Grading may involve exams, papers, individual projects, class discussion or some combination of these. Although academic institutions abroad may grade on a variety of scales, admissions counselors and registrars at U.S. institutions are familiar with foreign grading systems and can convert grades.
Expect a delay in the issue of transcripts. Generally, you should receive your transcript by April 1 for fall semester and quarter, and August 1 for spring semester and quarter. If a transcript must be sent to the U.S. by special delivery or express courier mail, the student must pay for this expense out of the damage deposit.