Transfer credit is generally only considered from international tertiary institutions that are recognized by the Ministry of Education, or a similar accrediting body, in the home country. In order to qualify for transfer credit, courses completed at recognized international tertiary institutions must be applicable to the student's degree and comparable to the nature and quality of CU-Boulder courses.
International courses with the same or similar course titles as University of Colorado Boulder courses may satisfy course requirements. Prospective students may initially self assess the applicability of their transfer courses using the University of Colorado Boulder Catalog. An official or certified copy of the transcript must be presented to the Office of Admissions for work to be officially evaluated for transfer credit. A certified translation must accompany transcripts not issued in English. The translation should be literal and not interpretive. If course content is not evident from course titles on the transcript, students should be prepared to provide official catalog course descriptions from their schools or faculties.
Rarely is international secondary level work considered for transfer credit. The completion of rigorous secondary school subjects is expected of all admission candidates-international and domestic alike. Transfer credit is not awarded for secondary school subjects unless an additional 13th year of secondary school was completed and/or a standardized examination was administered. Examples might include the British Advanced Level (A-Level) examinations, German Abitur examinations, or Italian Maturita examinations.
In many cases, international credits will have to be converted into the U.S. semester system. In these cases, no more than 30-36 semester hours may transfer in any academic year. All courses considered for transfer must be completed with a "C-" or better grade. The Office of Admissions will determine the international grade equivalencies.
Course Work Requiring Additional Review
The following course work will require additional information before a decision can be made on acceptance for transfer credit:
- Independent study courses
- Graduate course work
- Military credit
- Professional programs