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    Additional Information for International Students

    International Student Office (ISO)

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    Credit Hours

    International students must be full-time.

    Undergraduate and post-degree students must be registered for 12 credit hours or more.

    Graduate students must be registered for 9 credit hours (or take courses that will result in a full load.)

    Students do not need to be full-time in their final semester. Note: if student only registered for one course, it may not be online.

    International students may register part-time or take vacation in the Summer term, if the Summer term is generally an off-term for other students in the program.

    Online Courses

    International students may only take one online course per semester towards full-time enrollment.

    With advisor approval, students may take more than one online course, as long as the student would be considered full-time without including the additional online courses. (For example, a graduate student could take 6 credits in class and 6 credits online; an undergrad/post-degree student could take 9 credits in class and 6 credits online.)

    Dropping Courses

    International students should consult with the International Student Office before dropping any courses.
    (In general, an international student is allowed one drop for academic difficulty.)

    English Proficiency Testing and Placement and American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) Courses


    Additional Information for New Freshmen and Transfers

    Placement tests

    • New freshmen will take placement tests during Summer Orientation and Registration days (SOAR).
    • Transfer students are strongly encouraged to take placement tests. Placement tests are given at the Student Success Center (SSC, 3rd floor of the library). Call SSC at 313-993-1143.
    • Placement tests are given for English, math, chemistry (for E & S students and other students intending to take chemistry) and foreign language (optional).
    • For the math placement test, students with a high enough ACT/SAT score may take a course one higher than their placement.
    • Modular Math option — students may take three one credit modules (MTH 1020, MTH 1030, and MTH 1040), rather than one 3 credit course (MTH 1010). This option is open to all students and is a recommended option for students who may be hesitant about taking a college-level math course.
    • For English, chemistry and foreign language placements, the student may only register for the course they are placed into.
    • Students who feel their placement does not appropriately reflect their experience may have one retake of each of the placement tests (by Aug. 15 for new freshmen).

    Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Credits

    The Transfer Team will post AP/IB test scores and corresponding course credits on the student's academic history once they are received by the university. See the advanced placement guide or the IB credit guide for more information.

    Transfer Credits

    Transfer credits including dual enrollment will be processed by the Transfer Team once they are received. Run a Degree Evaluation to see how transferred courses will fit into the students declared major or "what if" for other scenarios.

    Students must complete their last 30 credit hours (roughly their senior year) at Detroit Mercy. This is referred to as the Senior Residency Rule.

    After being admitted to Detroit Mercy, students wishing to take classes at another institution must get permission from their advisor and Dean's office before taking classes at another institution. If permission is granted, students should complete the Guest Application. If the student is taking classes at one of the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium Schools (Madonna University or Sacred Heart Major Seminary), there is a separate authorization form for those schools.


    Consortium Agreements

    Undergraduate Advisors

    You may advise undergraduate students who are eligible for taking a class(es) at Madonna University or Sacred Heart Seminary while they are pursuing their Detroit Mercy degree. Sometimes having a specific course or the schedule flexibility available by taking a class through the consortium can help students as they work towards completion of their Detroit Mercy degree. Listed below is the detailed information from the undergraduate catalog about taking a consortium class. Consortium classes don't work in every program or for every student but they are an option to consider for some students.


    The University participates in a program where students and programs are exchanged with the other members of the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium, which includes Madonna University or Sacred Heart Seminary. Under the program, full-time and part-time undergraduate students in good standing and enrolled in any member institution may take undergraduate courses at other consortium schools and pay tuition as part of their home institution tuition charges. Any course fees are paid to the host institution.


    To be eligible, a full-time student must be enrolled at the home school and enroll for a combined total of 12 or more credit hours at both schools and must pay at least the minimum full-time tuition of the home institution. A part-time student must register for a minimum of six credit hours, at least three of which must be at the home institution.

    Registration Procedure

    Approval for enrolling in courses at another consortium institution must be obtained from the college office. The authorization form is prepared by the student and signed by the college office. The academic dean has the authority to limit the total number of courses a student may take at other consortium institutions, both overall and during a specific term or semester. Summer courses are available.


    • A maximum of 12 credit hours of courses from other consortium institutions may be taken during a student’s entire undergraduate program.
    • Normally, authorization will not be given to take a course at another consortium institution if an identical or clearly comparable course will be concurrently offered at Detroit Mercy.
    • Graduate level courses are not included in this program. Post-degree students may participate provided that they enroll for undergraduate courses.
    • No consortium credits are allowed during the last 30 hours of any student’s program (except for declared Theatre and Architecture majors).