Courses (what we refer to as majors) at Oxford Brookes are made up of modules (or classes) – self-contained classes that are taught and assessed independently of each other. A single undergraduate module will involve approximately 150 study hours in total, which includes attending lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and assessment. Most modules are worth 7.5 ECTS (European credit values, from European Credit Transfer System), or 15 CATS (British credit values, from Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme), which will transfer as 4 credits at HPU. You will need to take the equivalent of 4 single modules per semester; however, you can add a 5th module if it is a language module (Academic English, Spanish, French, etc).
*NOTE: Undergraduate modules are offered at levels 4, 5, or 6 at OBU. Level 7 modules are graduate courses. HPU students must select modules at Level 4, 5, and/or 6 only.
In order to have a full-time study status, you must have a minimum of 30 ECTS (60 CATS) per semester. Students normally study 4 modules each semester; however, students will need to list 8 or more modules per semester (in order of priority) on their HPU Study Abroad Application to allow for circumstances such as timetable clashes. It’s best practice to get even more courses pre-approved for equivalency transfer. Please note that Stage I refers to year 1 modules and Stage II refers to years 2 and 3 modules. Formal contact hours are likely to be between three hours per week in subjects such as humanities and social sciences, and six hours per week in science or technology and some vocational subjects. Formal teaching takes place over the first 12 weeks of the semester, with the last weeks available for examinations if these are part of the module assessment.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.