Academic Credit & Transcripts

KEI programs are credit-bearing. Students earn academic credit for successfully completed courses, internships and research. One official program transcript is included with all KEI programs. A transcript processing fee applies for additional transcripts.

Program transcripts may be issued by the host university abroad, KEI, co-sponsoring institution (CSI) and/or university of record (UOR). Co-sponsoring institutions and universities of record are accredited in the USA. There is no additional fee for a CSI and UOR transcript, but it may add 1 to 3 months of processing time. Ask your study abroad advisor about the type of transcript your university prefers.

Summer programs may offer courses taught by visiting professors from universities in the USA, which will award credit and issue transcripts for such courses. Visit program pages for specific information about credit and transcripts.

Frequently asked questions

Are transcripts included with my program?

KEI programs include one (1) official transcript. The official transcript will be sent to the student’s home institution at the end of the program.

How do I request additional transcripts?

Students who originally requested a host university transcript must complete the Additional Transcript Request Form and send to KEI with payment of the transcript processing fee. It may take several months to obtain an official transcript from the host university. Note that KEI holds official transcripts for 5 years following completion of the program.

Students who originally requested a CSI or UOR transcript should contact the Registrar at the transcript processing university to request additional transcripts.

Are KEI programs accredited in the USA?

All KEI programs are either hosted, co-sponsored or validated by an accredited university in the USA.

What is the university of record?

A University of Record (UOR) is an accredited university or college in the USA that validates KEI programs to ensure that the academic component meets with regional accrediting standards. KEI’s relationship with a university of record serves two purposes:

  • To ensure high quality programs.
  • To award program credit and issue official program transcripts.

UOR administrators and/or faculty visit KEI program locations to evaluate academic standards, discuss curriculum with local faculty and staff, observe classes and tour campus facilities. KEI services, student housing and on-site support staff are also assessed during the visits.

Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the UOR for most KEI programs. Lincoln University, chartered in 1854, is the first historically black university in the USA. Lincoln is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. For more information about Lincoln University visit www.lincoln.edu.

What is a co-sponsor institution?

A Co-Sponsor Institution (CSI) is a university or college, accredited in the USA, that has partnered with KEI on a semester, academic year and/or summer study abroad program. In general, co-sponsored programs are managed by KEI. The CSI provides academic and logistical oversight for the program, issues program transcripts and, in some cases, manages the application and enrollment process.

The State University of New York, University at Albany (SUNY Albany), is a co-sponsor for semester, academic year and summer programs offered in Moscow, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey; Pune, India and Nairobi, Kenya. SUNY Albany is an internationally recognized public research institution serving 18,000 students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. SUNY Albany is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degrees. Most academic programs are also accredited by their respective professional accrediting agencies. For more information about SUNY Albany visit www.albany.edu.

The State University of New York, College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta), is a co-sponsor for semester, academic year and summer programs in Florence, Italy. SUNY Oneonta, founded in 1889, is a public college rooted in scholarship across the liberal arts and sciences. SUNY Oneonta is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. Most academic programs are also accredited by their respective professional accrediting agencies. For more information about SUNY Oneonta visit www.oneonta.edu.

The State University of New York, College at Old Westbury (SUNY Old Westbury), is a co-sponsor for semester, academic year and summer programs in Paris, France and London, England. SUNY Old Westbury is a diverse public liberal arts college that fosters academic excellence through close interaction among students, faculty and staff. SUNY Old Westbury is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. Most academic programs are also accredited by their respective professional accrediting agencies. For more information about SUNY Old Westbury visit www.oldwestbury.edu.

Co-sponsored programs also include KEI’s Integrated Summer Programs (all locations), which combine courses taught by faculty from the host university abroad with courses taught by visiting faculty from universities in the USA. Students participating in these programs apply through KEI or their home university’s study abroad office. Credit (and transcripts) for courses taught by a visiting professor may be awarded by the professor’s university in the USA.

Visit the Academics page of the desired program location for specific information about credit and transcripts.

What institution will issue my program transcript?

Students have the option of receiving a program transcript from:

  • KEI’s host institution abroad, or
  • KEI’s university of record or co-sponsor institution

Some universities in the USA prefer to receive transcripts directly from the host institution abroad, while other universities prefer to receive transcripts from a US-accredited institution (university of record or co-sponsor institution). Students should consult with the study abroad and/or academic advisor at their home university.

Students who are not currently matriculated at a university, including pre-college students and recent graduates, should speak with a KEI advisor.

What if I want transcripts from both the host institution and university of record or co-sponsor institution?

Students who request transcripts from both the host institution and the university of record or co-sponsor institution must pay a $300 transcript processing fee. Requests for multiple transcript types must be indicated on the KEI Transcript Request Form. In our experience, this is usually not necessary for credit transfer. Note that there is no fee if requesting only one type of transcript (host institution or university of record/co-sponsor institution).

When are program transcripts sent?

Host university transcripts are usually sent within 3 months of the program’s end date, although it may take longer depending on program location, term of study and other factors. UOR and CSI transcripts may take longer than 3 months due to additional processing. Transcripts will only be released if there is zero balance on the student’s account and all post-program forms have been submitted.

What if I need my transcripts sooner?

It may be possible to expedite transcript processing under certain conditions. For example, students who are graduating soon after their program would be considered for expedited service. Contact a KEI advisor if you need to expedite processing time. KEI makes no guarantees about the expedition of transcripts. Transcripts will only be released if there is zero balance on the student’s account and all post-program forms have been submitted.

Where do I specify the address for mailing my program transcript?

The KEI Transcript Request Form contains sections for transcript type (host institution and/or university of record/co-sponsor institution) and mailing addresses for the official transcript. Students should complete and return the KEI Transcript Request Form before the enrollment deadline for the program.