Checklist for Admitted International Transfer Students

Welcome to the University of Minnesota! This checklist is for international transfer students. More complete details are available in the Important Information for Admitted International Transfer Students guide. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Transfer students are high school graduates who have registered or enrolled at a college, university, or any other school after graduating from high school or secondary school.

  1. Confirm Your Enrollment (Reserve your spot!)
  2. Submit a Financial Certification Statement
  3. Arrange Housing
  4. Submit Your Transcript(s)

After you confirm your enrollment, you will begin to take additional steps towards becoming a Golden Gopher!

  1. Prepare for Arrival
  2. Complete Online Programs for New Students

Detailed Information

1. Confirm your enrollment (Reserve your spot!)

The deadline to confirm your enrollment varies by individual college. Contact your transfer specialist to discuss your college's confirmation deadline. When you confirm your enrollment, you are making a commitment to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall. After we receive your enrollment confirmation, we will reserve a place for you in the incoming class and send you information about your next steps.

2. Submit a Financial Certification Statement and a copy of your passport (to receive an I-20)

The University of Minnesota issues I-20 documents to students who will be studying at the University on F-1 visas. You will need to submit your Financial Certification Statement and passport copy as soon as possible.

Submit your statement online, or use the PDF of the Financial Certification Statement.

3. Arrange for Housing

International transfer students should make housing arrangements prior to arriving on campus.

For complete information about the various housing options available, please visit the University's Housing & Residential Life website. Everything you need to know about on-campus, off-campus, and temporary housing (for those who will be arriving in the U.S. prior to the beginning of the semester) is available on this website. On-campus housing is limited.

If you are looking for off-campus housing, please visit the University's Off Campus Housing Listing Service for information.

4. Submit your Transcripts

Secondary school/high school transcript

Official documentation of successful completion of secondary school/high school graduation is a U of M enrollment requirement. In order to verify that you have met this enrollment requirement, you must have your secondary school send your official final secondary school transcript and proof of graduation (i.e. graduation certificate or leaving exam results) to the Office of Admissions by August 1. Please refer to the Country Specific Documents page for more details.

College/university transcripts

Your official, final transcripts (with English translation, if necessary) must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions by November 1st from all colleges or universities that you have attended, even if no credit was earned. Once we receive them, we will produce and email a transfer credit evaluation to you. This evaluation will show the courses and total credits transferred, the courses that did not transfer, as well as how the transfer courses will fulfill any of the University's Liberal Education (LE) requirements (to include the first-year writing and writing intensive requirements).

When you attend Transfer Orientation, you will receive an Academic Progress Audit System (APAS) report that shows how many of your transfer courses may have fulfilled any college or major requirement in order to complete your degree.

To learn more about international transfer credit evaluations, please visit Important Things to Know about International Transfer Credit.

After You Confirm Your Enrollment

After you confirm your enrollment, you will begin to take additional steps towards becoming a Golden Gopher!

5. Prepare for Arrival

After you confirm your enrollment and submit your Financial Certification Statement, you will receive important and helpful information from the University's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. ISSS will assist you as you prepare to arrive on campus, and they will work with you after your arrival in Minnesota.

6. Complete Online Programs for New Students

You are required to complete the online International Student Preparation Course and the Transfer Student Online Orientation prior to your arrival. Also, thoroughly review the Important Information for Admitted International Transfer Students for more information on requirements prior to your arrival.

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