Independent Experiences

Students participating in experiences not coordinated by an affiliate provider or Texas A&M office, department or student organization are required to register in one of the below registrations if one of the following applies:

  • Receiving credit (Texas A&M credit or transfer credit from another institution),
  • Participating in non-credit bearing experiences (e.g., opportunities to research, intern, teach abroad, volunteer, participate in a competition, or attend a conference/workshop/training),
  • Receiving any support from a Texas A&M entity (e.g., departmental support for a conference or research), or
  • Satisfying a degree or graduation requirement (e.g., thesis or dissertation research).

Application Process

Complete one of the following Education Abroad Independent Experience applications based on the credit type being received on the program.  Students will also apply directly to the provider coordinating the experience or international university for direct enrollment to secure participation.

Independent Experience: TAMU Credit


Students are responsible for discussing logistics with their Academic Advisor on what course to enroll in and what is expected to submit for a grade.


Start Registration

Independent Experience: Transfer Credit


Application includes a Pre-Approval process to determine if the intended courses taken abroad will or will not transfer back to Texas A&M and fit a student's degree plan.

Start Registration

Independent Experience: No Credit


Students are often participating in research, volunteering, interning, or attending a conference abroad.


Start Registration

Independent Experience for Transfer Credit students should visit the Transfer Credit Resources page for detailed information on how to complete the Pre-Approval Form for Transfer Credit.

After your application is complete

Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by an education abroad advisor. If approved, you will be notified and asked to confirm your participation. Additionally, you will need to complete new pre-departure application items. 

Questions about this application? Contact

Course Registration

Students receiving TAMU credit will need to discuss logistics with their Academic Advisor on what course to enroll in and what is expected to submit for a grade.

Students receiving transfer credit will register in a SABR placeholder course. The course will not generate any Texas A&M tuition or fees. Only students with a Confirmed status through Education Abroad are granted access to the SABR placeholder course. 

Transcript Process for Returned Transfer Credit Students

Transcript Process for Returned Transfer Credit Students
It can take 1-4 months after a program ends for a transcript to be sent to, received, and fully processed by Texas A&M. 

The sponsoring provider or host institutions should send transcripts directly to Texas A&M Admissions.

Texas A&M Office of Admissions 
General Services Complex 
Suite 1601 
750 Agronomy Road 
College Station, TX 77843-0200

In light of COVID-19, and possible mailing delays, an e-transcript may be accepted. In this case, the affiliate provider will email the transcript to Education Abroad will then submit transcripts to Texas A&M Admissions on the students behalf. Transcripts sent by the student will not be accepted.