I received several emails from a few blog readers asking questions about the process involved in transferring universities.
These questions include:
- How long would it take to transfer between universities for international students?
- What is the process involved in university transfer for international students?
- How many course credits can be transferred?
- Do we need to fill out any special application forms?
- How to apply for admission while transferring?
- What additional requirements are needed for international student transfers?
- When can I get a transfer?
1) How long would it take to transfer between universities for international students?
It doesn’t take long. After you get an admit from the university (you’ll transfer to), it would take less than 1 day for the paper work and few extra days for the entire transfer process to complete. Some schools it might just take a few hours to finish. It’s possible to transfer university before first semester and after F1 visa stamping.
2) What is the university transfer process for international students?
- Step 1: Apply for admission to different universities
- Step 2: New University issues Official Admission Letter. Take that letter to your current school International Office and apply for a transfer.
You will be typically asked to fill out a form and submit a copy of your admission letter.
- Step 3: After transfer is approved in your current school, they will do a Student Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) transfer to your new school and send confirmation by mail or fax to the new university’s international student office.
- Step 4: After the new University gets the SEVIS Transfer confirmation, they will issue you a new I-20.
This procedure might vary with universities, but its simple process. It’s like Hand Shaking Mode ( Network Protocol ).
3) How many course credits can be transferred?
This depends on the school. Some school will allow up to 9 credits of grades above B can be transferred. Talk to you school to find about the credits transfer policy.
4) Do we need to fill out any special application?
Applying for an international student transfer is the same as the application process when you applied for the first time.
During the application process, you will fill out additional information like your current school, GPA, courses completed, etc.
Since you are already here in the U.S., you can apply even after the deadline. They will be flexible with the deadline. However, some schools might ask you to pay additional fees to process late application.
5) How to apply for admission while transferring?
See Question 4 for the answer.
Also, it’s always good to contact the graduate adviser of the department you are applying at and talk to him/her before the application or during the application process.
That might increase your chances of getting admission. A personal touch always adds more value.
6) What additional requirements are needs for an international student transfer?
Some schools would require you to write an additional statement of purpose (SOP) explaining why you are requesting for a transfer.
Here few reasons :
- Not satisfied with course quality
- No part time jobs or RA/TA is unavailable
- Less job/internship scope after graduation
- Personal problems in the school environment
Most universities are considerate about the transfer process. And if you give genuine/compelling reason for your transfer request, they will likely consider you application.
Let’s suppose this: you have a low GPA from your current school due to personal problems or health reasons or if you don’t like to study in that particular environment, which made you perform less than you actual capacity.
And if you state these pressing and clear reasons, supported by good undergraduate records and GRE, they will be happy to give you admission (i.e., transfer).
7) When can I get transferred?
Usually, you can get transferred right after entering U.S.A or whenever you want to. But, longer you wait, expensive it will be for you. Before first semester or After 1 semester would be ideal scenario.
If you plan to transfer after F-1 Visa stamping, but before starting your college in first semester, you need to be very careful. Read for yourself : Student’s Worst Nightmare – Denied Entry into America. Sent Back to India.