Rice University

Department of English

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are governed by the principle of equivalency as stipulated in the  General Announcements. Students should always consult with an advisor about study abroad or summer course plans and seek pre-approval for courses taken elsewhere. Some basic guidelines are the following:  

  1. Foreign literature courses in translation taken elsewhere do not automatically transfer, as the English department does not offer such courses;  
  2. The department does not grant transfer credit from community colleges; online universities; for-profit universities; or two year colleges.  
  3. Transfer course credit earned elsewhere cannot be substituted or accepted for ENGL 200; ENGL 300; or any ENGL capstone course. Courses taken outside of Rice and transferred in can be used to satisfy distribution requirements, assuming the Rice equivalent course is on the Registrar's list of approved D1 courses. Students should obtain approval in writing from the department before taking equivalent courses outside of Rice. 
  4. English majors spending a semester or term abroad may transfer up to SIX semester credits or TWO courses in English. These courses are generally used as electives, but may fulfill university distribution or field distribution if the DUS approves Rice course equivalents that satisfy those criteria.    

Transfer credit requests should be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sarah Ellenzweig, at sellenz@rice.edu.    

Please expect delays in correspondence if you seek pre-approval for transfer credits during summer recess. An advisor or DUS only tentatively pre-approves courses when the university is not in session.