Carnegie Mellon University

Returning Home FAQs

Study abroad transcripts should be sent directly to the Carnegie Mellon University Registrar's Office.  When the transcript is received by the Registrar, a copy is sent to the student's college so that approved transfer credit may be processed. Academic departments will then assess credit and add the course title and number of units, but not the grade received abroad, to the student's Carnegie Mellon academic record.

Transfer credit can only be awarded for courses in which a U.S. equivalent "C" or higher (U.S. equivalent "B" or higher for Math and Economics courses) has been attained.

Students living in campus housing prior to going abroad are eligible to live in campus housing upon return. Students must complete the housing form online prior to the housing deadline before going abroad. Students returning in the fall should participate in room draw, and those returning for the spring semester should notify housing of their return.

Students are often surprised that they feel disconnect when they return from studying abroad. Returning home can be a difficult adjustment, sometimes more challenging than adjusting to the host culture.

OIE hosts welcome back programming each semester. This programming provides opportunities for students to talk to others about their experiences abroad and meet exchange students and past study abroad participants. We encourage students to attend and share their experiences at any of the programs offered by OIE.

There are many options for students to go abroad again, and OIE can help students decide which option is best for them. Some of the options include:

  • Participating in a second study abroad program

  • Completing a Fulbright

  • Working or interning abroad