Admission Requirements for International Transfer Students

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

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How to Apply

Please apply online and pay the $100 application fee. Payments may be done with a check, credit card (Visa, Master Card, or Discover), or a money order made payable to the University of Cincinnati.

Deadlines:

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

A student will be reviewed for admission once all of the following are received by the Office of 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 Cincinnati applicants and have a fast turnaround time (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 McMicken Circle
        University Pavilion, Suite 430
        PO Box 210123
        Cincinnati, OH 45221-0123
    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
  ACT IELTS PTE SAT TOEFL Duolingo Cambridge ELS
College of Arts & Science 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences - Engineering 20 English 6.5 Overall minimum of 6.0 on speaking, minimum 5.5 on each section 53 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 79 iBT minimum of 20 on speaking, minimum of 15 on each section -

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences - Technology 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section -

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
Lindner College of Business 20 English 6.5 Overall minimum 5.5 on each section 53 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 79 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 105

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 20 English 6.5 Overall minimum of 6.0 on speaking, minimum 5.5 on each section 53 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 79 iBT minimum of 15 on each section -

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning - Design & Architecture 20 English 6.5 Overall minimum 5.5 on each section 53 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 79 iBT minimum of 20 on speaking, minimum of 15 on each section -

176 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
College of Medicine- 20 English - - 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing - - - 112 Graduation
College of Nursing 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing - - - 112 Graduation
College of Allied Health 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
Blue Ash College 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation
Clermont College 20 English 6.0 Overall minimum of 5.5 on each section 46 520 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 66 iBT minimum of 15 on each section 95

169 minimum

Recommended exam: C1 Advanced

112 Graduation

Math Requirements

Math test scores are only required if:

  • You want to be reviewed for the UC Global Scholarship 
  • Are transferring from OUTSIDE the USA with less than 24 semester hours of university credit

Math ability requirements vary by academic college. You can find your academic college by searching for your program here.

Proof of Math Minimum Scores by Academic College
  ACT MPT SAT
College of Arts & Science 22 420 550
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 26 430 610
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences 29 750 660
Lindner College of Business 24 500 570
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 23 500 560
Design & Architecture majors 29 700 660
College of Allied Health - Health Sciences 23 500 560
College of Allied Health - all other majors 22 430 540