Information About Grading Policies

 Information About Grading Policies

  • Courses taken abroad may not be taken Pass/Fail.  They must all receive some form of evaluation (e.g., grades, tutors’ reports, examination marks.)  Courses with grades of D or F will not receive credit. 
  • All approved courses taken abroad will be shown on your Barnard transcript, regardless of the grade.
  • A course for which a student receives an F will appear on the Barnard transcript, even if it has not been approved.
  • Foreign institutions use different grading scales. We recommend you look into the scale used on your program before you go so as not to be shocked by your first exam grade. 
  • A US letter grade will appear in parentheses on your transcript only if the foreign institution (or program) provides an equivalent U.S. letter grade or a scale for how grades should be converted. If they do not provide this, no grade will appear on your Barnard transcript.
  • We cannot dispute grades determined by other institutions. Be aware that grading is relatively harsh and is not at all inflated at many foreign institutions, so grades earned tend to be lower than here in the US.
  • Grades received for approved courses taken abroad will not be factored into your Barnard GPA.  However, these grades are factored into the overall grade point average for honors upon graduation.  Most departments factor study abroad grades into the major GPA.
  • Grades from Columbia University study abroad programs (Reid Hall, Columbia University in Beijing, KCJS and BCDS) are included in the Barnard GPA.  Columbia summer courses are not included in the Barnard GPA.
  • Study abroad courses and grades may be considered by graduate or professional schools, which normally require the submission of an applicant's transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • You must have an official transcript sent directly to the Registrar, 107 Milbank, before credit can be awarded.  Prompt action is recommended, for a delay may jeopardize financial aid, status for campus housing, or timely graduation. 
  • TRANSFER OF CREDIT AND THE ASSIGNMENT OF COURSES FOR MAJOR, MINOR AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE REGISTRAR.