Transfer Credit

Students who take classes at another college or university* may be able to apply credit to MIT degree requirements in place of comparable coursework at MIT. For general information on transfer credit requests, please refer to the Office of the Registrar’s webpage and the SHASS webpage.

Any student considering applying transfer credit toward MIT degree requirements is strongly encouraged to contact the relevant transfer credit examiner before conducting the coursework, for a preliminary review of the class materials (ex. class description, syllabi, etc.) to verify the suitability of the coursework for MIT credit, and to confirm if a minimum grade may be required. All final decisions regarding transfer credit will depend upon the examiner’s evaluation of the documents provided by the student after the class has been completed.

Transfer credit requests submitted to Global Languages must be related to the academic foci of residential 21G subjects (ex. a physics class taken in Spanish will not be evaluated by Global Languages). The transfer credit examiner will determine the suitability of transfer credit, the type of credit (HASS or elective), and the number of credits to be received based on information provided by the student, including classroom hours, homework and/or lab hours, and the types of assignments and assessments conducted in the class. Students submitting a transfer credit request to Global Languages must complete a transfer credit form and provide the below information:

  • title and description of the class, from the host university catalog;
  • name of the class instructor, the offering department, and institution;
  • a full syllabus, including any intended learning outcomes and assignments;
  • a copy of the grade report (the official transcript should be submitted directly to the Registrar’s Office; see below);
  • and as much additional class material as possible, including assignment sheets and samples of written work or assessments/tests

The completed transfer credit form and above materials should be submitted together to the examiner for their review and signature. The signed form must then be submitted to the  SHASS Dean’s Office for those requesting HASS credit at An official transcript must be submitted directly to the Registrar’s Office. Please follow all other instructions on the Office of Registrar’s website.

Transfer Credit Examiners

Global Languages transfer credit examiners in AY2024 are below.

Chinese: Haohsiang Liao
French: Eva Dessein
German: Dagmar Jaeger
Japanese: Takako Aikawa
Korean: Hee-Jeong Jeong
Portuguese: Eva Dessein
Russian: Maria Khotimsky
Spanish: Liana Ewald
Other Languages: Hee-Jeong Jeong

* MIT students have cross-registration privileges at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Massachusetts College of Art. Transfer credit processes are not required for classes taken at these schools.