Admission Requirements for International Transfer Students

Students who have attended a college or university after secondary school are considered transfer students. 

How to Apply

  • Complete Transfer Application
  • Pay $100 non-refundable fee
  • Submit official college transcripts*

    *Read below course-by-course evaluation requirements


Deadlines

  • Applications for Fall Semester 2023: July 1, 2022
    • Exceptions: College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning: March 1, 2022
  • Applications for Spring Semester 2023: November 1, 2022
  • Applications for Summer Semester 2023: March 1, 2023

Required Materials

A student will be reviewed for admission once all of the following materials are received by International Admissions:


Transcript Requirements

Official transcripts should be sent to us by your school official via email or in the mail. These must be in English. If your transcripts need translated into English, we recommend sending them to an official translation service that will then send them to UC for a small fee.

  • If you have attended a college or university inside the United States, simply ask the registrar of your previous school(s) to send official final transcripts directly to our office.
  • For more information about how your community college or university credit will transfer to UC, click here
  • Send your university transcripts to a member of the National Association of Credit Evaluators. This is a required step. 
    • Please have the evaluator send the original, official university transcripts and the course-by-course evaluation to us. 
    • We recommend SpanTran because they offer discounted prices for University of Cincinnati applicants and have a fast turnaround time of 5-10 days.
  • If you would rather send your transcripts directly to UC and have our international admissions staff authenticate them and send them to SpanTran, please complete the following steps:

    1. Send your official transcripts by mail directly to the International Admissions Office address:
      • ATTN: Jason Chambers
        2618 University Circle
        University Pavilion, Suite 430
        PO Box 210123
        Cincinnati, OH 45221-0123

        OR

      • Have the university email the transcripts directly to International.Admissions@uc.edu. 
         
    2. Complete the online application for SpanTran course-by-course (with GPA) foreign credential evaluation.
      • In the application, please choose Option 1: "University of Cincinnati has received my official documents and my evaluation is for their internal use only; no verification is needed, and I will not receive a copy of my evaluation." 
      • If you are not sending your official transcripts to UC, please do not select Option 1. Select option 2 or 3 depending on if you would like SpanTran to verify the authenticity of your transcripts on your behalf for an extra cost.
         
    3.  Scan and email your photo ID to intake@spantran.com. You will receive an emailed receipt and an ID number from SpanTran.

    4. Forward this receipt email directly to jason.chambers@uc.edu and we will submit your official transcripts electronically to SpanTran for evaluation.
  • Send your university credentials as well as your original high school transcripts and proof of graduation (diploma or graduation certificate).
  • UC awards transfer credit for a variety of high school curricula, including Cambridge International A-Level, International Baccalaureate, Global Assessment Certificate, and more. If you will be bringing in other advanced credit, you may be able to use those scores to receive transfer credit

English Requirements

There are four conditions for being exempt from taking a standardized test to demonstrate your English proficiency. Otherwise, please find the requirements below.

English test scores are not required if your transcripts show:

  • 24 semester credit hours or more of degree-seeking credit. This does not include English as a second language credit. 
  • The student has earned a C- or higher in Freshman English Composition 
    • (UC equivalent course: ENGL1001)
  • Students with less than 24 semester hours must pass one of the tests listed below in the "Students transferring from OUTSIDE the USA" section.

English test score requirements vary by academic college. You can find your academic college by searching for your program here

Proof of English Minimum Scores by Academic College
College SAT ELS IELTS Cambridge TOEFL Duolingo ACT PTE
College of Arts & Sciences
(A&S)
480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53 
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
(CECH)
480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
College of Engineering & Applied Science
(CEAS)
480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
Lindner College of Business
(LCB)
480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning
(DAAP)
480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
College of Medicine 480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing - 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
College of Nursing 480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing - - - - - 19 English -
College of Allied Health Sciences
(CAHS)
480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53

College-Conservatory of Music
(CCM)

 

480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
UC Blue Ash College 480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53
UC Clermont College 480 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 112 Graduation 6.5 Overall
5.5 Sub Score
6.0 Write
6.0 Speak

176 

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

79 Internet
15 Sub score
20 Writing
20 Speaking

213 Computer
550 Paper

100 Overall

100 Production

100 Conversation

19 English 53

Math Requirements

As a transfer student, your math ability is typically assessed by your previous coursework rather than a test. It is important to submit course descriptions and syllabi of these math courses to our office via email if you are attending a school located outside the United States.

Math test scores are only required for admission if you are applying for a program that has a math course pre-requisite requirement. 

Colleges that require math for admission:

  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning
  • College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Lindner College of Business

Colleges that do not require math for admission:

  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College-Conservatory of Music
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
  • College of Medicine 
  • College of Nursing

College Course Requirements

College with course prerequisite requirements for admissions:  

Colleges with no course prerequisite requirements for admission:
 
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College-Conservatory of Music
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
  • College of Medicine 
  • College of Nursing