All Education Abroad Network participants receive an official transcript from an Australian, New Zealand or Asian university. TEAN does NOT issue academic transcripts. The following tables illustrate the approximate equivalency of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian grading systems compared to the U.S. grading system and suggested credit transfer information.
The official transcripts are issued by the specific university in Australia that the student attended. Students typically receive results with both a level of pass and number grade. Most U.S. universities equate each Australian subject to 3-4 U.S. credits. TEAN strongly suggest the 4 credits per class equation for the following reasons:
- Most students will be allowed to take a minimum of 3 subjects and a maximum of 4 subjects in Australia.
- Students who are required by their home university to take 5 subjects to stay on track for graduating at home are often forced to pay additional fees, seek special permission from faculty, or are unable to effectively keep up with the demands of the a typical workload.
- Most Australian universities require significant time beyond traditional contact hours for research, readings, and other subject requirements making U.S. calculations for credit difficult to recreate.
Note that some Australian universities use a Distinction grading scale and others using a numerical scale of 1 – 7. For example, a “Credit” level of distinction at an Australian university is generally equivalent to a “B” letter grade in the U.S.
|U.S. Grade||Percentage||Australia Grade||Abbreviation|
|A+/A||85 – 100%||“High Distinction”||7 or HD|
|A-/B+||75 – 84%||“Distinction”||6 or D|
|B||65 – 74%||“Credit”||5 or C|
|C||50 – 64%||C “Pass I”||4 or P1|
|D||45 – 49%||D “Pass II” or “Conceded Pass”||3 or P2|
|F||N/A||F “Fail”||2, 1, F or NN|
The official transcript is issued by the specific New Zealand university that the student attended. Students typically receive results with both a level of pass and number grade. Most U.S. universities equate each New Zealand subject to 3-4 U.S. credits. TEAN strongly suggest the 4 credits per class equation for the following reasons:
- Most students will be allowed to take a minimum of 3 subjects and a maximum of 4 subjects in New Zealand.
- Students who are required by their home university to take 5 subjects to stay on track for graduating at home are often forced to pay additional fees, seek special permission from faculty, or are unable to effectively keep up with the demands of the atypical workload.
- Most New Zealand universities require significant time beyond traditional contact hours for research, readings, and other subject requirements making U.S. calculations for credit difficult to recreate.
The following table can be used as a suggested credit conversion.
|University||New Zealand Credits||U.S. Credits|
|AUT University||15 points||4 credits|
|University of Auckland||15 points||4 credits|
|Massey University||15 points||4 credits|
|Victoria University of Wellington||15 – 20 points||4 – 5 credits|
|University of Canterbury||15 points||4 credits|
|Lincoln University||15 points||4 credits|
|University of Otago||18 points||4 credits|
Official transcripts are issued by the particular New Zealand university that the student attended. Students typically receive a letter of results with both a level of pass and number grade. The following table can be used as a suggested grade conversion.
|New Zealand Grade||Percentage||US Grade|
|A+, A, A-||80 – 100%||A|
|B+||75 – 79%||B|
|B||70 – 74%||B|
|B-||65 – 69%||B|
|C+||60 – 64%||C|
|C||55 – 59%||C|
|C-||50 – 54%||C|
|D (fail)||40 – 49%||F|
|F (fail)||39% and under||F|
Students attending the Semester in Shanghai program at Fudan University are allowed to take up to 12 Fudan University credits. This is equivalent to six 2-credit courses or four 3-credit courses. Additionally, students are also allowed to take one University of Virginia (UVA) language course, which is equivalent to either 4 or 3 credits depending on the language level.
Credits issued on Chinese transcripts can be different than the credit contact hour ratio used in the U.S. We have listed the recommended academic credit conversion chart below. While each individual U.S. institution will determine the final conversion, the following information will prove useful.
- In the U.S. a standard course meets for 3 hours of class time per week in r a typical 16-week semester. As a result, in the U.S., 48 contact hours = 3 or 4 credits depending on the institution.
- In China, a standard course meets for 2 hours of class time per week, for a typical 16-18 week semester. The length of the semester can vary depending on the lunar calendar that year; therefore, as a result the contact hours can vary. We have included a sample chart below. Please keep in mind the contact hours do not include the standard exam period or the 2-week post exam review classes.
|Fudan University Credits||Associated Contact Hours in the U.S.||Associated Contact Hours in China|
Students will take 1-2 content courses and the option of a language course during the Summer in Shanghai program. Each course will meet for 36 hours of lecture and then students will participate in 4-8 hours of immersion activities each week. Examples of these activities include Chinese calligraphy lessons, a Bao Steel (state owned steel factory) company tour and a Shanghai Museum tour, amongst many others that align with each course. Summer courses will appear on the Fudan transcript as 2 credits and it is recommended that they transfer back to U.S. institutions as 3 credits.
Students attending Fudan University will receive a personalized Supplemental Letter with their official transcript. Fudan University utilizes letter grades (A, B, C, etc.).
|Fudan University Grade (GPA)||Percentage||U.S. Grade|
|4.0||90 – 100%||A|
|3.7||85 – 89%||A-|
|3.3||82 – 84%||B+|
|3.0||78 – 81%||B|
|2.7||75 – 77%||B-|
|2.3||71 – 74%||C+|
|2.0||66 – 70%||C|
|1.7||62 – 65%||C-|
|1.3||60 – 61%||D|
|1.0||Pass After Re-sit||D-|
|0||59% and below||F|
Students attending school in Thailand will receive an official transcript from Portland State University that utilizes standard letter grades (A, B, C, etc.).
The official transcripts are issued by Korea University located in Seoul, South Korea. The semesters at Korea University are 16 weeks and one class hour of work for the semester is equivalent to one credit. TEAN recommends that a 3-credit course at Korea University transfer in as a 3-credit course at a student’s home institution, so the conversation rate is 1:1.
The Korean academic system also sets its courses on a 4.0 scale. However, they do incorporate A+ grades at a 4.5 as shown below. A “NA” on a student’s transcript signifies a failed grade in the course.
|Korea University Grade Point System||Percentage||U.S. Grade|
|4.5||95 – 100%||A+|
|4.0||90 – 94%||A|
|3.5||85 – 89%||B+|
|3.0||80 – 84%||B|
|2.5||75 – 79%||C+|
|2.0||70 – 74%||C|
|1.5||65 – 69%||D+|
|1.0||60 – 64%||D|
|NA||0 – 59%||F|
Official transcripts are issued by Singapore Management University. The following table shows the number of credit hours associated with each SMU credit. You will need to verify your final credit amount with your home university, as their conversion may differ.
|SMU Credit||Number of Hours||Suggested U.S. Credit|
|0.5||18||1.5 – 2|
|1||39||3 – 4|
Students receive a letter grade based on the same grading system as the U.S. A-F system.
|SMU Grade||Grade Point||Mark Range|
|A+||4.3||86 and above|
|A||4.0||83 – 85|
|A-||3.7||80 – 82|
|B+||3.3||77 – 79|
|B||3.0||74 – 76|
|B-||2.7||70 – 73|
|C+||2.3||66 – 69|
|C||2.0||63 – 65|
|C-||1.7||60 – 62|
|D+||1.3||53 – 59|
|D||1.0||50 – 52|
|F||0.0||49 and below|