Full Semester equivalent College Credits now available for Semester Programs
Exciting changes to College Credit allocation for Pacific Discovery Semester Programs
For a number of years now we have been closely working with Portland State University to offer College Credits for our Semester Programs. This has made us an excellent gap year choice for many young people who were looking to defer and take some time to refresh before starting studying, and those who were unsure what they wanted to study and needed some time to think. New for 2019, the revised credit system now allows us to offer an entire semester's worth of college credit for completing one of our programs.
Why do Pacific Discovery programs qualify for full semester college credits?
As an Internationally Accredited Gap Year Provider through the Gap Year Association, we have met a number of stringent safety and travel standards to ensure our programs are safe, structured, educational and inspirational adventures for young people looking to gain confidence, learn more about global citizenship and explore our world. You can learn more about our GYA accreditation here.
How does it work?
Portland State University (PSU) operates, as most larger Accredited State institutions do, on a quarter-credit
basis. This means that three-quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) usually counts as a full academic year.
"Full Time" for most colleges is USUALLY, 12 semester-credits which equals 18 quarter-credits, or a ratio of 1.5 :1.
This means, if you wanted to come on a Pacific Discovery Program and qualify for equivalent to a full semester worth of credit, you would need to enrol in 5 classes.
The courses available for credits are as follows:
ANTH 299 - 4 CREDITS
PEOPLE AND PLACES - HOW LOCATION AFFECTS CULTURE
GEOG 299 - 4 CREDITS
GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL ISSUES
PHE 299 - 4 CREDITS
HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS AND THE AFFECTED
PHL 299 - 4 CREDITS
INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL / RELIGIOUS STUDIES & THEIR ROLES IN CULTURE
PSYCH 299 - 4 CREDITS
CULTURE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE WAYS PEOPLE OPERATE
SOC 199 - 4 CREDITS
SELF AND COMMUNITY - CULTURE, COHORT, SELF
ECON 299 - 4 CREDITS
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS; INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
HIST 199 - 4 CREDITS
COLONIALIZATION AND WESTERN INFLUENCES
INTL 199 - 4 CREDITS
GLOBALIZATION AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
INTL 299 - 4 CREDITS
LEADERSHIP ACROSS BORDERS
ESM 101 - 4 CREDITS
ESM 102 - 4 CREDITS
ESM 199 - 4 CREDITS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS
For a more detailed description of these papers offered, please click here .
Please note that Portland State University only offers college credits for our 10 week Semester Programs. If you are looking for credits for Summer Programs, you still can! Click here for more info.
How does it work if I want to transfer these credits to another Institution?
We highly recommend that if you are planning on gaining college credits in this way, that where possible you proactively contact the institution or University you intend to then go on to study with and check that the credits will be recognised for your area of study. These credits are highly regarded throughout the US and generally well received. In an ideal world, students will take the GYA course credit title (eg. ANTH 103) and ask for “pre-approval equivalency” from their receiving institution. At many smaller institutions these equivalencies
may not yet be in place, making it extra important for the student to drive the process themselves, a process that would typically happen through the registrar's office. If students get a challenge, they can always encourage the receiving institution to call the Education Abroad office at Portland State University to learn more about the credit system available.
Even college credits from Institutions such as Harvard can be questioned by receiving institutions, as a variety of complexities affect their relevance - such as similar learning outcomes. Many institutions are creating
online tools to search for course equivalencies based on what has been successfully equated and transferred in the past, keep an eye out for these useful tools!
Credits transferred towards General Education Requirements can be less helpful than those as counting towards a major, however, all courses that are transferred count towards a student’s diploma and may be listed as equivalent...everything from an equivalent first- or second-year college course, to an A/P equivalence, to an IB course, to a dual/joint-enrolled program, and more.
Most important to note, is that the responsibility on completing requirements to qualify lies with the student, not Pacific Discovery. So its super important to understand the steps you need to take to ensure you gain your credits.
Follow our easy instructions on how to gain your college credits here!
To learn more about the Admissions Process for Pacific Discovery's Programs, click here.
To discuss this further with the Admissions Director at Pacific Discovery, click here.
What financial aid is available for these programs? Click here to learn more.
Have another question? Check out the PSU FAQs here.