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International Transfer Application and Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

We consider a number of factors when you apply as a transfer student. The types of courses you have taken are as important as your grade point average. We also consider the courses you are enrolled in at the time of application and successful completion of prerequisite or recommended courses (see 'Competitive Transfer Admission Guidelines' below). We also consider your academic performance in high school.

Competitive Transfer Admissions Guidelines

College of Arts and Sciences

Cumulative college GPA of 2.50 or better in appropriate general education courses. Students who complete 60 semester hours of transfer-level work with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 at a Colorado Community College and who apply by the equal consideration deadline are assured admission to the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all of the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) to be guaranteed admission. *This information applies to students who entered college after Spring 1988. For those students who entered college prior to Summer 1988, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Leeds School of Business

Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher and completion of finite math (or college algebra), calculus, microeconomics and macroeconomics with competitive letter grades.

School of Education

Students who have completed a bachelor's degree may apply directly to the School of Education. All other undergraduate students must be admitted to another CU-Boulder college or school in an approved major before applying to the teacher education program.  Visit the Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Program for additional information.


College of Engineering and Applied Science

Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 for all majors EXCEPT Mechanical Engineering which requires a 3.3 cumulative college GPA. Transfer applicants must have taken courses relevant to an engineering curriculum, including at least two semesters of college-level calculus and two semesters of calculus-based physics and/or college-level chemistry. Chemical engineering and chemical and biological engineering applicants should have completed two semesters of college chemistry.

Grades in math, science and engineering courses should be a 'B' or higher. (Exception: Students (resident or non-resident) who apply for admission for a semester which occurs within 18 months of their high school graduation date may also be competitive without having taken the above course work, as long as their high school academic record is competitive. In addition, if any college-level work has been completed, your overall GPA should be 3.0 or higher.)

The College guarantees admission to any of its baccalaureate degree programs to students transferring from Colorado public institutions of higher education who meet the Guaranteed Admission Criteria for Colorado Transfers.

College of Music

Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher. An audition or audition recording is required of all applicants.

Program in Environmental Design

Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher. Preference is given to students who have taken college-level courses in the areas of architecture, planning, or environmental studies. Completion of courses in related fields of social science, natural science, fine arts, or humanities is also considered in admission review.

College of Media, Communication and Information

  • Fall 2015: Applicants will apply to the College of Media, Communication and Information and should select one of these majors available on the application: strategic communication (emphasis in: advertising, public relations and media design); communication; media production; journalism; information science; and media studies. Transfer students are required to have:
    • an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • a minimum of 30 semester hours of appropriate college-level course work completed or in progress
    • completion of prerequisitecourses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Prerequisite courses at Colorado community colleges:
        • Communication majors: Public Speaking–COM 115 AND Group Interaction–COM 217
        • Journalism majors: Contemporary Mass Media–JOU 105 AND Principles of Journalism–JOU 106
        • Media Studies majors: Contemporary Mass Media–JOU 105 AND Principles of Journalism–JOU 106 OR Principles of Advertising–MAR 220
        • Strategic Communication majors: Contemporary Mass Media–JOU 105 AND Principles of Advertising–MAR 220
  • Spring and Summer 2015:  Applicants will apply to the Program in Journalism and Mass Communication and should choose one of these majors available on the application:  advertising, broadcast news, broadcast production, media studies, news editorial.  Students interested in the communication major will find it listed under the College of Arts & Sciences for these terms. Admission to the Program in Journalism and Mass Communication requires a transfer student to have a minimum of 30 semester hours of appropriate college-level course work completed or in progress and an overall GPA of 3.00 as well as a 3.00 average GPA in journalism course prerequisites.  Applicants must have completed or in progress two introductory courses:  Contemporary Mass Media, or the equivalent at another institution (all majors) AND Principles of Advertising,  or the equivalent at another institution (advertising applicants only), OR Principles of Journalism, or the equivalent at another institution (broadcast news, broadcast production, media studies, or news editorial majors).

Application Checklist—Undergraduate Transfer Students

Required for academic admission consideration:
Online Undergraduate Application for Admission
$70 nonrefundable application fee
Official secondary school transcript*
Official university transcripts*
Personal essays
Letter of recommendation

Required for immigration documents:
Official test scores on the TOEFL/IELTS
Financial support statement
F-1 Immigration Transfer Form** (if applicable)
Scan of your passport***

* Official certified copies of your previous academic records (transcripts) are required. All records should be submitted with original stamps. For the following countries, only the official English language transcript is required:

Afghanistan Japan Singapore
Australia Kenya South Africa
Belize Kuwait South Korea
Burkina Faso Micronesia Sri Lanka
Brunei New Zealand Swaziland
Canada (Unless in Quebec) Nigeria Sweden
Commonwealth Caribbean Norway Tajikistan
Ethiopia Pakistan Territories of the Pacific
Gambia Philippines Thailand
Ghana Rwanda Uganda
Hong Kong Saudi Arabia UK
India Sierra Leone Zimbabwe

For all other countries, all records should be submitted in the native language with original stamps. All credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a literal certified English translation.

** International students with F-1 immigration status who are transferring from one U.S. institution to another must complete the F-1 immigration transfer form before admission can be finalized. A link to this form will be sent to you in your admissions letter. Only admitted students who have decided to attend CU-Boulder are required to complete this form. The form is not required for an admission decision.

*** To reference before issuing your immigration documents. If you already have a passport, please make an electronic scan (PDF) and attach it to your application as an “additional application item” in the "Upload Documents" section of the online application. If you do not yet have a passport, please submit the scan once it is available to

Transfer Credit Guidelines

The Office of Admissions cannot evaluate your transfer credit until:

  • You have been offered admission.
  • We have received acceptable proof of your English proficiency (if required).
  • We have received your financial statement and proof of sufficient funds.
  • You have paid the $200.00 USD confirmation deposit.
  • You have confirmed your intent to enroll.

Please note: We strongly encourage all students who have previously completed course work outside of the United States to submit full, complete and official course descriptions for each course taken outside of the U.S. These course descriptions should be submitted at the time you apply or as soon as possible after you have been offered admission.

If you are currently enrolled in classes at another college or university, you must have your final official transcript sent directly to the Office of Admissions after you complete your last term in order for those credits to also be considered for transfer credit.

The following guidelines are used to evaluate university-level transfer credit:

  • To be considered for transfer, courses must have been completed at a college or university of recognized standing with a grade of C- or better.
  • Credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP) examinations and approved International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations may also be considered for transfer.
  • CU-Boulder does not give credit for vocational, technical, remedial, or college orientation/preparatory courses; English language courses; physical education activity courses; work/life experience; outdoor leadership courses; or courses in religion that constitute specialized religious training or that are doctrinal in nature.
  • Each college and school at CU-Boulder determines the maximum number of hours earned through correspondence courses that may be credited toward a degree program, the maximum number of semester hours that may transfer from a two-year postsecondary institution, and the minimum number of semester hours that you must complete in residence on the Boulder campus to receive an undergraduate degree.
  • University-level work taken during secondary school is evaluated in accordance with general guidelines for transfer credit at CU-Boulder. Official university transcripts must be received in order for transfer credit to be awarded.

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Transfer Credit Evaluations

We offer two types of transfer credit evaluations, both of which are completed after a student has confirmed their intent to enroll at CU-Boulder:

  • A Full Transfer Credit Evaluation is an in-depth review of all course-work previously completed at recognized colleges and/or universities for applicability toward your CU-Boulder degree and graduation requirements.  In order to complete a Full Transfer Credit Evaluation for courses taken outside of the United States, we require full and complete official course descriptions of each course taken, which should include each course’s specific academic content.  If these course descriptions are not in English, you must provide a Certified English Translation (see below for details).

    It is strongly recommended that you submit full and complete course descriptions with all other required application materials.

  • If we do not receive full and complete course descriptions, you will receive a Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation. This preliminary evaluation is a general review of how course-work previously completed at recognized colleges and/or universities might transfer to CU-Boulder. A Preliminary Credit Evaluation will identify those courses that appear to be academic in nature and are transferable, but will likely not provide information on how those courses will count toward degree completion and/or graduation requirements.

A Special Note on Certified English Translations

If a course description is not in English, you will need to get a literal, certified (or official) English translation. It should not be interpretive. A certified (or official) translation will be different depending on what is considered an official translation in your country. In some countries, official translations are only issued by the school, or by official government translators.  In other countries, translations are not offered through a government network and the student must find a private service to issue the translation.  We suggest that you to visit or consult with your local Education USA office to see if it offers translations or can refer you to a service.

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