General policy for Transfer students

The American University of Rome determines the number of transfer credits to be accepted towards fulfilling requirements for a degree. Up to 50% of transfer credits can be applied towards a student’s major.
General guidelines are as follows:

  • A minimum of 45 credits for a bachelor degree must be earned at AUR. For an associate degree, a minimum of 30 credits must be earned at the University.
  • At least 15 credits earned at AUR must be in major-specific upper-level courses.
  • The final semester (Fall or Spring) must be completed in residence at AUR.


  • The Admissions Office will evaluate transfer credits from accepted applicants and will inform students of their accepted transfer credits along with their notice of admission.
  • Transfer credits may be re-evaluated if a student changes his/her major.
  • Students that are awarded less than 30 transfer credits will be required to take the First Year Seminar.
  • All college transcripts and test examination results must be original or official copies. Foreign transcripts must be translated into certified English, but always presented with the original copy in the foreign language. Italian language documents may be accepted.

Transfer Credit Criteria

Grades of C or above are transferable for full academic credit.

    Students will receive equal credit compensation, provided that the courses satisfy the requirements of the major.
  • From the QUARTER SYSTEM:
    Credit will be accepted at a 3:2 ratio. A course worth 5 quarter credits is accepted as a 3 credit course. A class worth 4 quarter credits will transfer as 2.7 semester credits – advisors can decide to either group several transfer courses together as Free Electives or to couple various transfer courses to equal one or more AUR courses.

AUR reserves the right to determine what credit-bearing courses can be accepted for academic credit. The following are not eligible for transfer credit:

  • Life Learning Experience
  • Physical education, dancing, cooking classes, etc.
  • Pass/Fail/Satisfactory grades or advanced standing waivers
  • Developmental or remedial level (typically with a course code starting with 0)

Accreditation status of the institution must be verified on the Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by recognized United States accrediting organizations to be eligible for transfer credit.

AUR will verify the eligibility of foreign institutions without US accreditation.
Additional criteria applied for transfer evaluation:

  • Number of contact hours
  • Review of grading policy

All universities that use ECTS will be evaluated on a 2:1 ratio with US credits. Therefore, 6 ECTS credits are equivalent to 3 AUR credits. Student homework will not be counted.

Grades of 22 (out of 30) or above are accepted for transfer credit.

See Transfer Student Application Requirements here