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Intern Abroad for Academic Credit

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As a CIS Abroad participant on an intern abroad program, there are a couple of ways that you can earn credit for your internship:

Option 1: Transferable credit arranged through CIS Abroad

You can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below through our partnership with Plymouth State University. Listed below are the field, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your intern abroad location. Please note those career fields for which only pass/no pass grades are available. Upon request, CIS Abroad can issue a grade report listing the letter grade earned by the intern to accompany the PSU transcript.


Course Name/
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Adventure Education AP 4880 6-12  
Applied French FR 3800 1-4 Repeatable for up to 8 credits with permission.
Art History AH 4880 1-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Anthropology AN4610 1-12  
Athletic Training AT 4880 4-12  
Business BU 4620 1-12 Accounting, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International, Marketing. Only offered as pass/no pass
Communication & Media Studies CMS 3960 1-4  
Computer Science CS 4920 1-6 Robotics, AI, Computer Engineering, Web Design and Development, Gaming, Programming
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 1-15 Criminology, Law
Dance DN 4410 3-12  
Economics EC 4620 1-12 Only offered as pass/no pass
English EN 4950 1-12 English and Literature
Only offered as pass/fail.
Environmental Planning EPL 3960 3-6 Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Environmental Science & Policy ESP 4630 1-6  
Exercise & Sport Physiology EX 4880 4-12  
Graphic Design AG 4900 1-6 Only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
Geographic Information Systems GE 4100 1-4  
Geography GE 3970 1-6  
Music MU 4410 3-12  
Philosophy & Applied Ethics PY 4920 3  
Physical Education PE 4880 4-12  
Political Science PO 4010 1-12  
Public Health PBH 4400 4-12  
Social Science SS 3910 1-6 Psychology
Sociology SO 4610 1-12  
Sport Management SM 4880 4-12  
Theater TH 4410 3-12  
Tourism Management and Policy TMP 4100 1-12 Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.
Women’s Studies WS4000 1-15  

To receive credit through CIS Abroad from Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

GPA: 2.5

There is an $600 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
You will be enrolled in our Intern Abroad online course. Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include papers, reflection papers, and evaluations and will be assessed based on this grading rubric.

Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline, unless otherwise noted above. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location. 

Plymouth State University, CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC-accredited institution with more than 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.

Option 2: Credit arranged through your home institution

Many students are able to arrange credit approval through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

Note: Plymouth State University coursework and a CIS Abroad grade report are included for all Intern in Rome students.

All Intern in Rome participants will be enrolled in the Plymouth State University internship course, completing the assignments as outlined above. At the end of the term, you will receive a grade report (not a transcript) to show for your completion of the coursework.

What’s the difference between a grade report and a transcript?

A transcript is an official document, issued by an accredited college or university, that lists the course taken, credits earned, and grade earned. A grade report is an unofficial document that includes the same details, but issued by CIS Abroad.