What are direct-enroll courses?

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.

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.

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

  • 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
      • 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)

    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

     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