If you are a current student, this page is just for you. Explore the information and resources available below to help you make the most of your time at VCU's School of World Studies.
Learn how to sign up for a foreign language placement test based on your proficiency level.
Review scholarships and awards available to students through the School of World Studies.
Learn about internships, study abroad, student organizations and other opportunities available to you as an undergraduate student.
The School of World Studies Advising Office is committed to helping you succeed. Through degree planning and other practical support such as assistance with course selection and study abroad, we can help you make the most of your student experience. We also act as a liaison with Career Services and help you determine and prepare your ideal professional path.
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Our office can be reached by phone at (804) 827-1111 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage students to make an appointment with our academic adviser through the VCU student portal.
Please review the following points about the School of World Studies override policy before contacting us.
- Do not email the professor of a specific course to ask for an override. Professors cannot provide overrides.
- University policy forbids students from attending any classes for which they are not officially registered. If the course is not listed on your transcript or semester course schedule in e-Services, you are not officially registered and can’t be added to Blackboard.
- All 100-level and 200-level classes are open on a first-come, first-registered basis with no overrides available.
- All 300-level and 400-level classes have enrollment limits set at the highest appropriate level based on curricular and spatial constraints; no overrides are provided.
- If unable to register for a course because it is full, you should continuously check the VCU Schedule of Classes to see if any seats become available.
If you are graduating at the end of the current semester and having difficulty finding an open seat in a course required to graduate, please contact the School of World Studies Advising Office immediately.
If you meet the prerequisites for a course, but are unable to register for it in e-Services, please email SWSAdvising@vcu.edu with the following information:
- Your name
- Course number and selection
- Coure registration number
Here are some common reasons students dispute a grade given by the School of World Studies:
- Attendance: Though the attendance requirements may vary widely from one course to another, students must abide by the requirements specified on the course syllabus
- Clerical error
- Late submission of work
- Miscalculation: Error in grade computation
- An Americans with Disabilities Act reasonable accommodation letter was issued on behalf of the student but the accommodation was not made
- Technical difficulties
Review official VCU grade review procedures for more information.
Getting Started with the World ePass
To learn how to set up your World ePass, watch this introductory video.
World ePass portfolio content requirements include professional preparation, transferable skills articulation, academic career highlights, experiential learning experiences and global citizenship. Once students have started the process of ePass creation, they submit the site address through the World ePass submission site.
Note: All experiential learning opportunities must receive prior approval from the School of World Studies Advising Office. These include internships, service-leaning courses, certain noncredit options and study abroad.
World ePass completion
Evaluation of the World ePass is on a pass/fail basis. Prior to graduating with a degree from the School of World Studies, each student's World ePass must be reviewed and approved, with input from World Studies faculty and the school's advising coordinator.
- Declare a World Studies major or minor
- See graduation requirements
- Submit the graduation application
In addition, the College of Humanities and Sciences Current Student page offers further information about how to withdraw from a class, appeal a grade, see graduation requirements, etc.
Language Class Attendance Policy
Absences from a foreign language class adversely affect student performance and the ability to earn a high final grade. It is the student’s responsibility to remain current with coursework when absent from class as well as keep track of their attendance. There is no distinction between “excused” or “unexcused” absences besides the following with written documentation: observation of religious holidays, students representing the university (e.g. sports teams), or military or other government duty.
Professional Associations and Resources
School of World Studies faculty have compiled a list of professional associations and other organizations of interest to students in our programs.