Direct-enroll courses: definition and process

Calvin students who study abroad take two types of classes: Classes taught by Calvin professors (STXX), and classes taught at a native university or institution (direct-enroll). Direct-enroll credits are transfer credits that Calvin students earn from other institutions. Calvin students can earn Calvin core, major, minor, cognate, and elective credit from both Calvin-taught and direct-enroll classes.

In order to ensure that these credits transfer properly, any student who will be taking direct-enroll classes must fill out the course selection form below and submit it to the registrar.

STXX 390- Direct-Enroll; [program name]

Once you are registered in direct-enroll classes during your semester abroad, you will see STXX 390 on your Academic Evaluation Report (AER). This is used as a placeholder to make sure all your credit hours are accounted for and you maintain your status as a full-time student.

Once your direct-enroll transcript arrives, the STXX 390 course credit hours will be changed to zero and the number of Calvin-equivalent credit hours will be listed. Your grades for these classes are treated like regular transfer credits: the Calvin-equivalent letter grade will be generally recorded on your transcript, but will not be factored into your GPA.

Requesting course approval

Note: If you are only going abroad for interim, or if all your semester abroad classes will be taught by a Calvin professor, then you do not need to submit this form.

  • Print out and complete the course selection form. Make sure it has been signed by your advisor.
  • If you are requesting credit for core classes:
    • See the list below of pre-approved core equivalencies. If your class is already on that list, then credit for those core classes will be automatically applied.
    • If your class is not on that list, then attach a course description to your form. The registrar will evaluate the request and determine whether credit can be applied.
  • If you are requesting credit for program (major/minor/cognates) classes, seek approval from your major/minor program advisor. Submit their signed approval along with your course approval form.
  • Bring all of your materials to the Transfer Advisor, Rachel Cush (, in the Center for Student Success.

Course Selection Form

Late course selection

Due to the nature of enrollment in some off-campus programs, you may not be able to select courses prior to your arrival. If this is the case, you may request an urgent evaluation by e-mail once you arrive.

  • Download and fill out the electronic transfer credit pre-approval form.
  • If you are requesting credit for core classes, follow the instructions above.
  • If you are requesting credit for program (major/minor/cognates) classes, email your advisor and get their permission in email form. CC or forward the form and approval email to the Transfer Advisor, Rachel Cush (

Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Form

Pre-approved core equivalencies

Below are core equivalencies that have been pre-approved for students in the past. This list is not comprehensive and is continually growing each semester.

*CCE credit

Each program manages CCE credit differently. Non-Calvin programs will need to arrange CCE credit prior to the semester.

*Religion Credit

One religion core must be taken at Calvin. For more information, contact the Transfer Advisor.

Quick reference

Semester Programs

China, Honduras: Justice, Washington D.C.

No direct-enroll core equivalencies currently available

Semester in Britain

From York St. John module list

  • Rhetoric in Culture
    • Writing the Media
    • The Medium is the Message
  • History
    • Empires
    • Europe in the Age of Nationalism
    • The Age of Anxiety:Culture and Society in the USA
    • The Power of the Past in Early Modern Britain
  • Religion I Theological Studies
    • Foundations of Christian Theology
    • Theology: Action and Reflection
  • Religion I Biblical Studies 
    • Story of the Bible
    • New Testament Studies  
      • Note that Nursing, Engineering, and Accounting can't utilize transfer credit for their Religion core.
  • Persons in Community 
    • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
    • Identity, Discourse and Ideology
  • Societal Structures
    • Introduction to Economics
  • Literature
    • Reading Texts 2
    • Contemporary Writing
    • Gender and Writing
    • Introduction to Literary Studies II
    • Romantic Period Writing
    • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
  • The Arts
    • Film and Its Audience
    • The Age of Revolution
    • Film and the American Imagination
    • Theatre in Social Context
    • The 21st Century Audience

Semester in France

  • The Arts
    • History of French Cinema
  • Language
    • Language courses for the major will need to be approved by an advisor.

Semester in Ghana

  • Foundations of Information Technology
    • INFS 214: Introduction to Computing
  • Philosophy
    • PHCL 102: Philosophical Questions
  • Persons in Community
    • POLI 458: Politics of Identity in Ghana
    • PSYC 200: Introduction to General Psychology
    • PSYC 462: Political Psychology
    • SOWK 346: Women and Children’s Rights and Protection
  • Societal Structures
    • UGBS 201: Microeconomics and Business
    • POLI 112: Political Institutions
    • POLI 346: African and the Global System
    • POLI 358: Conflict and Society in Africa
    • POLI 366: Politics and Civil Society in Ghana
    • SOCI 204: Social Structure of Modern Ghana
  • Literature
    • ENGL 224: Survey of English Literature II
    • ENGL 314: Introduction to African Literature
    • ENGL 414: The Romantic Movement in English Literature
    • ENGL 436: Masterpieces of World Literature
    • ENGL 438: Masterpieces of American Literature
    • UGRC 233: Our African Heritage through Literature
  • The Arts
    • CLAS 318: Roman Art and Architecture
    • THEA 212: Play Analysis and Interpretation I (II or III also accepted)
    • THEA 214: History of Medieval Theatre and Drama
    • THEA 436: African Plays and Playwrights
    • MUSC 338: Traditional Music in Ghana
    • MUSC 344: Music of Southern Africa
    • MUSC 346: Process of Art
  • Rhetoric in Culture
    • ENGL 322: The English Language in Communication
    • History
      • HIST 111: Earliest Civilizations
      • HIST 112: Selected Topics in World History
      • HIST 435: Aspects of World History
    • Health/Fitness
      • UGRC 225: Intro to African Studies/African Dance (or for Global/Historical core)

    Semester in Honduras: Spanish Studies

    • Language courses
      • To be determined

    Semester in Hungary

    From Karoli Gaspar (KG) and Corvinus University (CU)

    • Rhetoric in Culture
      • Oral Presentation Skills (KGU)
      • Communication in Fold Culture and Music (KGU)
      • Visual Communication (CU)
    • History
      • History of Civilizations (CU)
      • History of Modern Europe (CU)
      • 19th & 20th Century Hungarian History (KGU)
      • British and American History 2 (KGU)
      • Hungary in Medieval Europe
      • Communism in East Central Europe (CU)
    • Philosophy
      • Philosophy (CU)
    • Religion I
      • Foundations of Faith (KG)
    • Persons in Community
      • Hungarian Language Culture and History (KG)
      • International Relations and Institutions (KG)
      • SOC 450 The New East-European Uncerclass (CU)
    • Societal Structures
      • ECO 131 Microeconomics (CU)
      • Hungarian Society as Reflected by Films (KGU)
    • Literature
      • Selected Topics in NA Literature (KGU)
      • Holocaust Literature (KGU)
      • Selected Topics in Modern British Literature (KGU)
      • Survey of English & American Literature (KGU)
      • Topics in American Literature (KGU)
    • The Arts
      • Films and History (CU)
      • ART 300 Contemporary Literature, Film, and Visual Arts (CU)
      • ART 302: Fields and Scences: Reading the Arts, Culture and Design (CU)
      • Intro to Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama (KGU)
      • Hungarian Art and Cultural History (KGU)

    Semester in Peru

    Universidad Catolica San Pablo

    • Rhetoric in Culture
      • Oratoria
      • Comunicacion II
      • Introduccion a la Comunicacion
    • Philosophy
      • Introduccion a la Filosofia
    • Religion: Theological Foundations I
      • Teologia
    • Persons in Community
      • Psicologia general
    • Societal Structures
      • Political Science
      • Economia general
      • Sociologia, Microeconomia
    • Literature
      • Apreciacion literaria
    • Art
      • Artes Plasticas
      • Art Appreciation
      • Musica
    • Historical Foundations
      • Historia de la Cultura Occidental I
      • Historia de la Cultura Occidental II
    • Elective credit(hours toward graduation)
      • Ethics

    Semester in Spain

       Rhetoric in Culture

    • Introducción a la cartografía (Geography department UniOvi)
    • Análisis e interpretación del paisaje (Geography department UniOvi)
    • Historia y concepto del Patrimonio cultural (Art History department UniOvi, could also count for The Arts)
    • Sociedad y cultura españolas (Casa de las lenguas)

       Philosophical Foundations

    • Introduccion a la Filosofia (offered through Art History department UniOvi)

       Persons in Community

    • Psicología (through Psychology department UniOvi)
    • Atropología social (through Educación social department UniOvi
    • Psicología del trabajo (through Relaciones laborales degree UniOvi
    • Culturas y lenguas modernas (though Modern Languages department UniOvi)

       Societal Structures

    • Introducción a la ciencia política (Political Science department UniOvi)
    • Economía global (Economics department UniOvi)
    • “Sociología” (offered through Geography department UniOvi)

         The Arts

      • Arte española (Casa de las lenguas)
      • Introducción a la musicología (Music department UniOvi)
      • Análisis y técnicas de la obra de arte (Art History department UniOvi)
      • Historia y concepto de Patrimonio cultural
      • Historia del arte iberoamericana (Art History department UniOvi)
      • Mercado, crítica del arte y comisariado de exposiciones (Art History department UniOvi)


      • Análisis matemática (Mathematics department UniOvi)
      • Estadística (Statistics department UniOvi)

         The Natural World

      • Biología evolutiva (Biology department UniOvi) 


      • Introduccion lingüística al estudio del inglés (English 370 cognate)
      • Corrientes actuales del la lingüística (substitutes for SPAN 340/341 only for those with a provably tight schedule)
      • Adquisición del lenguage y logopedia (substitutes for SPAN 340 for education students with a provably prohibitive schedule)
      • Sociolingüística del español (has worked as an elective for a linguistics degree)
      • Sociología de la educación (substitutes for Education 205)

         Elective credit (some courses taken previously)

      • Introducción a las finanzas
      • Psicología de la educación

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