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For information provided by Homeland Security, please visit Study in the States

Transfer applicants with one year or less of college/university level course work must also submit secondary school (high school) records and any SAT/ACT test scores.

Transfer student applicants must submit official transcripts and/or marksheets from all colleges attended, U.S. and abroad.  Be sure any foreign credentials are evaluated prior to submitting them with your application. Please note that Transfer 101 does not endorse any of these evaluators.

Links to evaluators in Texas:


You may need to demonstrate English language proficiency.  Request official TOFEL test scores from ETS to be sent as it is required of all international student applicants from non-native English speaking countries.

Check with the university for the minimum acceptable score.


The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that international students show proof that adequate resources are available to meet their first year of educational and living expenses before an I-20 can be issued.

Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations require confirmation that students in the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa must have established transfer eligibility before transfer is initiated by the new institution.  Note this is a separate process from the university transfer process!

You must maintain current F-1 visa AND F-1 status. To demonstrate valid F-1 visa and status, you may be required to present a valid passport, I-94 card, and any former I-20, or even a letter from the International Advisor stating that you are in good standing and are eligible to transfer.

The international office at the last school you attended also must release your SEVIS immigration record.  Be sure to have SEVIS ID number handy for any application or transfer forms.

It is always a good idea to get letters of recommendation from supervisors, professors, or advisors demonstrating your student leadership.  You may need this for your respective embassy or even a part of your university application.

Whew!  After you have collected all these documents, stay organized by putting them in an expanding file or folder.

The more time you take to get organized now, the more prepared you will be for your university experience.