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 AER?

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 (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 Transfer Advisor, 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.

*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.

Liverpool Hope University 


  • Contemporary Practices in Art and Design= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Dance in Critical Contexts= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Explorations in Fine Art= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Intro to Fine Art= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Social Comment Cinema= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Themes and Issues in Art & Design History= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Topics in Contemporary Theatre= Arts and Rhetoric core 
  • Education and Social Justice= Social and Behavioral Science
  • Politics, Economics, and Educational Research= Social and Behavioral Science
  • Understanding Education Policy= Social and Behavioral Science
  • Analysing Concepts of International Relations= Social/Behavioral
  • Christianity Encounters the Modern World= Foundations of Christianity II
  • England Under Henry VIII= Humanities
  • From Romantic to Victorian Literature= Humanities
  • Intro to Buddhism= Humanities
  • Intro to Drama= Arts and Rhetoric core
  • Intro to Judaism= Humanities
  • Intro to Prose Fiction= Humanities
  • Intro to Textual Legacies Part 2= Humanities
  • Intro to Textual Legacies Part 3= Humanities
  • Major Authors and Publishing History= Humanities
  • Philosophical Aesthetics 2: From Kant to Croce= Humanities
  • Judaism in the Shadow of the Shoah= Humanities
  • The First Theologians: An Intro to Early Christian Thought= Foundations of Christianity II
  • Intro to Probability and Statistics= Mathematical Sciences  
  • Explorations in SEN: Exploring Professional Values and Attitudes
  • Key Thinkers 2= Social/Behavioral
  • Psychological Criminology= Social/Behavioral
  • 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 in Culture
      • 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)

    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.