Academic Standards

The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics International Summer Session strictly follows the North American Higher Education curriculum and standards. To ensure successful credit transfer, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics is responsible for all the class administration, including syllabus and courseware distribution, class scheduling, exam and grading, and issuing transcript.

Course Setting

SWUFE ISS allows students to enroll in up to three classes for each session. We do not allow any kind of auditing in any classes.

Each class has a maximum number of enrolled students (20 enrolled students for English Composition and Public Speaking, 30 enrolled students for any other classes). When a class is fully enrolled, class registration will be closed and students can only be added to a waiting list by e-mailing the office.

Class attendance follows the related regulations of SWUFE. For details, please refer to the Student Handbook given in orientation.

Course Format

All classes of SWUFE ISS are instructed by highly qualified professors from universities in North America and follow the same curriculum and academic standard of U. S. universities.

1. All the courses SWUFE ISS offers are instructed by qualified professors from American universities and follow the same structure and standard of most U. S. universities.

2. All of our classes are taught in English. Each class has 24 sessions in total. All sessions are 2 hours and 15 minutes in length. The total instruction time is 60 instruction hours equaling to 54 hours with 110-minute meeting time in each class and office hour of no less than 140 minutes every week.

3. Our courses correspond strictly with those in North American university system to ensure the credit transit.

4. Each course of our program is worth 4 credits, equivalent to the credits of a standard semester-long US university course.

5. Each class at SWUFE ISS can fit up to 30 students (except for English writing and public speaking).

The Course Grade

Class grades will follow SWUFE grading system and standards.

Credit Transfer

SWUFE issues formal transcript based on students’ final grades, and after students complete their classes and pass the exams, each course will be awarded 4 credits officially by SWUFE.

Before applying for the SWUFE ISS, each student is strongly encouraged to consult his/her home institution’s Study Abroad Office or Registrar’s Office or Academic Advisor for detailed credit transfer procedures to ensure the courses of the International Summer Sessions are accepted for credit transfer. Students who have any questions about your credits may click here.

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to present their own work in their homework, assignments, exams and all other forms of assessment. Cheating in any form will not be tolerated.

The SWUFE ISS reserves the right to expel any students who purposely damages school property, threatens the safety of any member of the university community, disrupts the educational process and orderly operation of the International Summer Sessions, or violates any local law. All students need to sign the Academic Integrity Policy of SWUFE ISS at the student orientation.

Add / Drop / Switch Classes

Students may add, drop or switch classes before a session starts. Within the first two class day (namely Monday and Tuesday of the first week), students can freely add, drop or switch courses. And students need to download a class change form, fill out all the necessary information and deliver it between the first Monday to Wednesday before 12 a.m. to the school office. Students need to pay the textbook costs due to class change. According to the refund policy, students can get 15% of the tuition refund during this period. If the students want to choose more courses, they need to request for a tuition match according to the tuition information.

Withdraw Courses

According to the requirements of SWUFE, 5 p.m. on Friday in the first week at this semester is the deadline for the withdrawal of courses. For the specific date, please see the important dates on our official website. During this period, if students want to apply for withdrawal of courses, they need to fill out the application form for withdrawing courses and give it to relevant teachers in charge in the office before the deadline (5 p.m. on Friday in the fourth week at this semester). The courses to be withdrawn will still show on the transcript, and the scores of the courses withdrawn will be recorded as W. The students who withdraw courses will not receive the money back.

Enquiry on Result

If students have any questions with the score assessment by their teachers, they can fill in the application form for enquiry on result within a week after the grades are published, and in the meantime send their scores of daily assignments, tests and examinations to the school for the purpose of enquiry on result. The school will inquiry to their teachers for the situation after receiving the application form, thus to discuss and make a decision about the results for the application. After the result is announced, it will be recorded as the final score for the students, and they cannot make a request for enquiry on grades any more.