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Do you use pass for talking about the courses that you have successfully finished? For instance,

...while at the same time passing intensive courses ...

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I think you can.

A native speaker's sentence confirms that.

I kept passing courses and winning scholarships, but I was close to 40 before I even approached the median salary, and things have got much worse for researchers since the 1970s.

Worth to note that in UK English, passing out does mean completing whatsoever exam/course. However, the context is military

The new officers passed out from Britannia Royal Naval College on Thursday 1 August .

In Indian English, it's valid for almost all the courses. However, it's more used for the batch. We also use pass-out as an adjective

He's a 2004 pass out (informal)

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    Thank you Maulik.I really like your method because you answer questions with different examples.
    – Khashayar
    Nov 27, 2014 at 11:40
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    My pleasure. Such words motivate me and I further try harder to improve my answers. :)
    – Maulik V
    Nov 27, 2014 at 11:42
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    Why do you think that you can't (or shouldn't) use 'pass' in this way? We pass (or fail) exams, and courses.
    – Sydney
    Nov 27, 2014 at 12:32
  • who said it? @SydneyAustraliaESLTeacher or you wanted to put this comment right under the question and not here, under my answer?
    – Maulik V
    Nov 27, 2014 at 12:34
  • @Maulkik: I'm not sure what you're saying here. I can write an answer or a comment. What I wrote to Khashayar is clearly not an answer, so it must be a comment. I often ask my students "Why are you asking me that question?" to understand their concerns, and what they know or don't know. I'm intrigued by the question (which was 'Do you use ...?', so maybe my question in return should have been 'Why do you think that you don't ...?'
    – Sydney
    Nov 27, 2014 at 21:46

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