Without pre-approval, credits earned abroad from DU-affiliated programs will transfer to DU as general elective credits. These will NOT apply to a major or minor in Spanish. If you would like your credits abroad to count towards a major or minor in Spanish, all courses should be pre-approved prior to departure. As a first step, students should consult the list of pre-approved courses available on the DU registrar’s office webpage. Please search by country and program: http://myweb.du.edu/mdb/du_bwcktart.P_DU_Choose_Geog_Area. If a course is listed as approved, the courses will be transferred back to DU at the same level as indicated on this listing.  

If you would like to apply a course that is not listed in the pre-approved system, you must request course approval through the study abroad course approval system. Information on how to request approval can be found here, and through the Office of the Registrar here (https://www.du.edu/registrar/transfer-studyabroad/index.html). It is strongly advised to have all courses approved prior to departure. In the event that requests for course approval are not submitted prior to departure, students can request course approval later on by following the same process, but there is no guarantee that courses will be approved.  

For detailed notes on how course equivalency is determined for major and minor credit, please see the article “Requirements for study abroad courses applied to Spanish majors and minors”. 

It is HIGHLY recommended to discuss your course plan with your major or minor advisor when making your plans to study abroad. We also recommend discussing your plan with the SLLCS advisor for the location in which you wish to study. A list of those advisors is here


No more than 22 credits from outside DU may be applied to a Spanish major. 

No more than 12 credits from outside DU may be applied to a Spanish minor. 

Classes taught in English can NOT apply to a major or minor 

Prerequisites still apply while abroad, with some exceptions. Certain courses not normally taken simultaneously at DU may be taken at the same time while abroad. See the next bullet below. 

While abroad, no more than two different “levels” of Spanish should be taken simultaneously. The levels of Spanish are defined as – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2100, 2300 through 2400, and 3000+. So, for example, students may take courses abroad equivalent to SPAN 2100 and SPAN 2350 simultaneously, but a third level (for example, SPAN 2003), should not also be taken at the same time. It is possible to take more than two courses abroad simultaneously, as long as they don’t cover more than two “levels” as defined above. As another example – a schedule of SPAN 2100, SPAN 2300, and SPAN 2350 would be acceptable to take abroad at the same time. A simultaneous schedule of SPAN 2100, SPAN 2350, and SPAN 3600 would not be (it covers 3 levels). For information on how to determine which level a course abroad is equivalent to, reference your course’s pre-approval and/or the guide “Requirements for study abroad courses applied to Spanish majors and minors”. 

ALL classes from unaffiliated programs must be pre-approved, even if not being applied to a major or minor.