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Study abroad grades question

anonymous6001anonymous6001 Posts: 1 Harvard Champion
edited May 2013 in Study Abroad
I have 1.5 months left on my study abroad experience and I'm starting to worry about my grades. I had a high GPA (1 B and the rest As) at home university in the US.

I'm by no means coasting, and I'm definitely giving my work 110%, but I ended up getting a Pass on a philosophy essay, which converts to C according to us university equivalents. (The philosophy course counts as my GE; I'm taking two electives in addition to this class and an internship; none of them really relate to my major back home).

In terms of my study abroad university, I'm doing just fine and I'm in the middle of the pack. To my home university, that looks bad, and I'm convinced bad grades from study abroad will destroy my transcript.

Should I kiss my high GPA goodbye? Any suggestions? Should I even be caring about the GPA? I don't even know if I want to go to grad school.
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Replies to: Study abroad grades question

  • seekingknowledgeseekingknowledge Posts: 3
    edited May 2013
    You do not say where you are studying. In many countries a C is a very good grade. My DD found herself in a similar position. She had a good relationship with all of her professors and was able to sit down and explain how a C was viewed in the US. The professors found it fascinating. One offered an extra credit essay. Another took the cultural difference into consideration.

    I think that this issue is often overlooked by the study abroad offices and students as they choose programs.
  • LakemomLakemom Posts: 13
    edited May 2013
    Just curious. Here in the US if you take a class at another college, they often do not use the grade to calculate your GPA, you only get credit.

    So when you do a study abroad and take classes for your major, then do the grades count in your GPA or does it depend on each school?
  • seekingknowledgeseekingknowledge Posts: 3
    edited May 2013
    I believe it depends on the school.
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