Not necessarily. Courses abroad can be used as an unassigned credit that fulfills a general requirement or a specific course equivalency that is assigned by your faculty. For example, you may receive transfer credit for SOC 2XX (as a general requirement or elective), but it may not be equivalent to UAlberta’s SOC 225. If this is a specific course required for your degree, you would still have to take SOC 225 at UAlberta to graduate.
Your degree may also have restrictions, including courses that must be taken at UAlberta or a limit on the number of electives you can take while abroad.
Most faculties will provide a “program checklist” or “program sheet” to verify your current status and any limitations or restrictions applicable to your program. Discuss any questions you have with your faculty advisor.
> Complete your “core” degree requirement courses at UAlberta, rather than abroad
> Choose courses at your host institution as if you were staying at UAlberta. If you were going to take a 400-level political science course at UAlberta, find a similar course at the partner university.
> Consider the courses you will need to take upon your return. You don’t want to miss taking any pre-requisites.