What are direct-enroll courses?

Calvin students who participate in a study-abroad semester take two types of classes: classes taught by Calvin professors (STXX) and classes taught at a host 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.

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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.

Why is "STXX 390- Direct-Enroll" showing up on my enrolled courses/academic progress?

Once you are registered in direct-enroll classes during your semester abroad, you will see STXX 390 on your Academic Progress page. 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 Assistant Registrar, Rachel Cush (rvc2@calvin.edu), in the Center for Student Success.

Course Selection Form

Delayed class enrollment

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 Assistant Registrar, Rachel Cush (rvc2@calvin.edu).

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.

*Religion Credit: One religion core must be taken at Calvin. For more information, contact the Assistant Registrar.

Liverpool Hope University 

Arts & Rhetoric:

  • Contemporary Practices in Art and Design
  • Dance in Critical Contexts
  • Explorations in Fine Art
  • Intro to Fine Art
  • Social Comment Cinema
  • Themes and Issues in Art & Design History
  • Topics in Contemporary Theatre
  • Intro to Drama


  • England Under Henry VIII
  • From Romantic to Victorian Literature
  • Intro to Buddhism
  • Intro to Judaism
  • Intro to Prose Fiction
  • Intro to Textual Legacies Part 2
  • Intro to Textual Legacies Part 3
  • Major Authors and Publishing History
  • Old, Middle and Early Modern English
  • Philosophical Aesthetics 2: From Kant to Croce
  • Judaism in the Shadow of the Shoah

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

      • Education and Social Justice
      • Educational Psychology
      • Politics, Economics, and Educational Research
      • Understanding Education Policy
      • Analysing Concepts of International Relations
      • Key Thinkers 2
      • Psychological Criminology
      • Explorations in SEN: Exploring Professional Values and Attitudes
      • Security, Peace and Conflict
      • World Regions: Understanding the World

      Mathematical Sciences:

      • Intro to Probability and Statistics

      Foundations of Christianity II:

      • New Testament Epistolary Literature
      • The First Theologians: An Intro To Early Christian Thought
      • Christianity Encounters the Modern World
      • Theology in an Age of Enlightenment
            • The Arts
              • History of French Cinema
            • Language
              • Language courses for the major will need to be approved by an advisor.
            • 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)

              Language courses

              • To be determined

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

              • Rhetoric (Arts and Rhetoric)
                • Communication in Fold Culture and Music (KGU)
                • Visual Communication (CU)
              • Humanities
                • History of Civilizations (CU)
                • History of Modern Europe (CU)
                • 19th & 20th Century Hungarian History (KGU)
                • British and American History 2 (KGU)
                • Medieval Hungarian History (KGU)
                • Communism in East Central Europe (CU)
                • Philosophy (CU)
                • 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)
                • Hungarian History, Literature, and Culture (KGU)
                • Dialogue between Greek Philosophy and Theology (KGU)
              • Social/Behavioral Sciences
                • Hungarian Language Culture and History (KG)
                • International Relations and Institutions (KG)
                • SOC 450 The New East-European Uncerclass (CU)
                • ECO 131 Microeconomics (CU)
                • Urban Sociology (KG)
                • Cultural Anthropology (KG)
              •  Arts (Arts and Rhetoric)
                • 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)

              Universidad Catolica San Pablo

              • Arts and Rhetoric
                • Oratoria
                • Comunicacion II
                • Introduccion a la Comunicacion
                • Artes Plasticas
                • Art Appreciation
                • Musica
              • Humanities
                • Introduccion a la Filosofia
                • Apreciacion literaria
                • Historia de la Cultura Occidental I
                • Historia de la Cultura Occidental II
                • Ethics
              • Foundations of Christianity I
                • Teologia
              • Social/Behavioral:
                • Psicologia general
                • Political Science
                • Economia general
                • Sociologia, Microeconomia

                   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

                    Many other courses available at uniovi.es

                    Cross Cultural Engagement

                    • Metro (Metro I-IV in any combination)

                    The Arts

                    • Fine Arts/Arts and the City

                    No direct-enroll core equivalencies are currently available.