There are two options to submit a CER in your MySA account.
Submit a CER for a Pre-Approved UW-Madison Equivalent
Some program courses already have pre-approved UW-Madison course equivalents. A list of these pre-approved equivalents are located in your MySA account (Academics section) and on your program’s page on our website (Academics tab).
There may be multiple pre-approved equivalents listed for the same program course. Choose the one equivalent that is most appropriate for your major and degree requirements. If you have questions about which equivalent to choose for your degree plan, consult your UW-Madison academic advisor(s).
If you wish to request a different equivalent for a course that is already pre-approved, submit a new CER (process below).
Submit a New CER for a Different UW-Madison Equivalent
If your program course(s) are not listed on the pre-approved list OR you wish to have a different equivalent evaluated for a program course, you will submit a new request for a UW-Madison course that best matches the program course. Submit one CER per foreign course.
Check the Guide to find a UW-Madison course that is relevant to your program course. The courses should be similar in content and level. Your Program Leader, program on-site staff, Enrollment Specialist Advisor or UW-Madison academic advisor(s), may have suggestions. After you have found a UW-Madison course equivalent, complete the new course request in your MySA account. Be careful that you are not requesting a course for which you have already received credit. Check your School/College-level rules on “Repeating a Course” in the Guide before doing so. If you’re having trouble, look for a Topics course or Study Abroad Topics course in a closely related department. Be aware that topics courses may not fulfill breadth requirements since the topic can vary.
Because you are requesting a new equivalent, you must include a syllabus (in English unless you are requesting credit in a world language department) to determine if your program course is an appropriate match to the requested UW-Madison course. The syllabus should include a week-by-week breakdown of topics, a required reading list and grading policies. A brief course description alone is generally insufficient to determine equivalence. If a syllabus is not in English, and the request is not for an equivalent in a foreign language department, you are responsible for translating the syllabus.
If your program course does not have a syllabus, you are prompted to enter the necessary course information and details. If this information is not included, your request is sent back to you, requiring further action on your part.
Final approval of a new equivalent request comes from the respective UW-Madison academic department. The determination of the academic department is final.
CER Processing Time
After you submit your CERs, your Enrollment Specialist Advisor reviews the requests and forwards them to the relevant UW-Madison academic department for evaluation. Processing time varies by department. We recommend that you submit your course requests as soon as possible after your schedule is finalized to provide adequate time.
Our staff and UW academic department staff review each CER individually, so please be mindful of the number of CERs you submit. While you can submit CERs as soon as you gain access to your MySA account (upon acceptance), you may want to wait and submit them until after you’ve enrolled in your program courses. This way you only select a pre-approved CER if you are taking the course.
If your CER is denied, check the list of pre-approved equivalents to see if the department has approved a different equivalent. Departments rarely approve more than one equivalent for a course abroad. If no alternative equivalent was approved, submit a new CER for the course in a different academic department.
See the CER FAQ for additional information on CERs.