A student’s credits will be transferred to UW-Madison through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment based on their criteria. (See transfer credit for more information.) However, a student’s transfer credits will not reduce the number of credits s/he needs to meet the residence requirement until a formal request has been made for a residence exception.
Example: Sally has 85 degree credits when she goes abroad in a non-UW Madison program. She earns 15 credits while abroad. One of these credits will bring her up to 86. If she does not request an exception, the other fourteen credits will be transferred to her record, but she will still need 30 residence credits to complete the requirement. If she is allowed a 6 credit exception, she will only need 24 residence credits to complete the requirement.