International transfer student admission

How to transfer colleges as an international student

Comparable requirements to a high school diploma

Arizona State University recognizes that educational systems are different across the world. To help you determine if your academic credentials are comparable to a U.S. high school degree and to understand the documents that need to be submitted for admission, please review the requirements for the country from which your credential was earned.

International transfer student admission requirements

Academic Requirements

Transfer students with 12 or more transferable credits must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (a "C+" or better where "A"=4.00). Some majors have higher admission requirements. To find the requirements for your specific program, please visit ASU's Degree.

Some ASU programs may have higher admission and English proficiency requirements and may consider a minimum ACT or SAT score.

Must have and present a completed high school diploma or certificate.

You must submit an official transcripts from every high school, college and university you attended, regardless if a degree was earned.

Note:Transfer applicants with 24 or more transferable credit hours from a recognized college or university, and who will be 22 or older by the start of the requested semester of admission, may not be required to submit a high school transcript for admission. Once all prior college or university transcripts and outstanding admission items are received and verified, the high school transcript requirement will be waived. Transfer applicants are required to have graduated from an approved high school (or equivalent) prior to the semester of requested admission at ASU, and to include this information on the application for admission.

Competency requirements

International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements.

  • English: four years (composition/literature based).
  • Math: four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite).
  • Laboratory science: three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics) .
  • Social science: two years (including one year American history).
  • Foreign language: two years (same language).
  • Fine arts: one year.

International students who completed high school outside the U.S. are required to meet the following competency requirements:

  • Math: four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite).
  • Laboratory science: three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences and physics).

U.S Citizen?

If you are a U.S. citizen and completed all of your coursework in the U.S., visit our domestic transfer admission page.

International Transfer Guide

Application deadlines

You must submit your application for admission to ASU, along with the application fee, by the deadline specified for each semester. To expedite the evaluation of your application, please remember to submit official transcripts, test scores and supporting credentials along with your application.

Spring 2022

Nov. 1, 2021
Application priority deadline

Jan. 10, 2022 
First day of classes

Fall 2022

May 1, 2022
Application priority deadline

Aug. 18, 2022
First day of classes

Note: Applications for summer that are not completed in time for the start of the summer sessions will be reviewed for admission for the fall semester.

Note: International students who have been admitted for the fall semester who would like to begin attending classes during the summer must contact Admission Services by May 1. Otherwise, I-20s will be created for the fall semester.

Make sure to apply as early as possible to allow time for all documentation and processes to be completed.

 

How to apply to ASU

Step 01

Complete the undergraduate application for admission.

Apply online with ASU’s Application for Admission, the Common Application or the Coalition Application. You need to submit only one application to be considered for admission to ASU. We have no preference between the ASU application, the Common Application or the Coalition Application. If two applications are submitted, one will be canceled in our system. The application fee is $85 (U.S. Dollars) and is nonrefundable.

ASU’s Application for Admission Common Application   Coalition Application 

Step 02

Check application status.

Once you’ve completed all these steps, ASU will review your application. To see if you have any missing items, and to review your admission status and I-20 status, sign in at My ASU using your ASURITE UserID, which is sent to you after you apply for admission.

Activate My ASU and your ASURITE UserID

You will receive your ASURITE UserID and activation code via email within one to three business days of submitting your application. If you have previously applied to ASU, your ASURITE UserID will remain the same. You'll use your ASURITE UserID to login to My ASU. If you have previously applied to ASU, your ASURITE UserID will remain the same. If you have not previously activated My ASU, have your activation code sent to you by submitting your ASU ID number and last name. If you have trouble logging in with your ASURITE UserID, contact the ASU Help Desk at 855-278-5080 or contact.asu.edu.

Check application status

Step 03

Have official transcript(s) and examination results sent directly from your school(s) or exam board to Admission Services. Provide English translations of all documents not issued in English.

Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university or technical school attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not issued in English.

For more detailed information on submission of international transcripts and English translations, please visit our transcripts page.

Step 04

Provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Have your TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or DuoLingo English test score, sent directly to ASU, or provide proof of completion from Global Launch.

TOEFL

The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to ASU from the Educational Testing Service. ASU's TOEFL institutional code is 4007. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit www.toefl.org  .

IELTS

For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit www.ielts.org  .

PTE

For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit www.pearsonpte.com  .

Global Launch

ASU accepts completion of the Global Launch English Language program or English for Undergraduate Admission and Achievement online self-paced course. Learn more about Global Launch.

Duolingo English test (accepted for students seeking degree admission for 2020 and 2021 semesters)

Learn more about the Duolingo test

Undergraduate English proficiency

Step 05

American university admission reminders

Documentation

All documents must be an original or an attested copy with an original institutional seal and/or signature. Photocopies, notarized copies, faxes or scans are not considered original documents. All documents must be translated into English if the original is not issued in English.

Note: Before mailing or sending any documentation, you must fill out an ASU application. Sending documents before doing so will delay the processing of your application. It is also recommended that you include your ASU EMPLID on the envelope of any documents being mailed to ASU.

Do you have any college credits?

  • All college work must be reported at the time of filling out your application.

  • We must see all transcripts/academic records from all institutions that you have ever attended (regardless if you have finished the program at that institution or not).

  • All documents not issued in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

  • Access the transfer credit guide to check your college credits. 

Professional third-party evaluations 

ASU provides in-house credential evaluations of your secondary and postsecondary academic records at no extra cost. However, if you have already had your academic credentials evaluated, ASU will consider course-by-course evaluations from the three agencies below:

Note: Official evaluations do not take the place of official academic records. The evaluation is in addition to the official academic record. If the evaluation agency includes academic records they used to complete their evaluation and indicates that the evaluation was based on official or authenticated records, we may accept those documents as official.

Step 06

Submit your ACT or SAT scores (optional)

ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission, but may be submitted for ASU course placement or as supplemental information. Have your scores sent to ASU from ACT or College Board when you register for the test. Learn more about sending your test scores to ASU in our FAQ section.

Step 07

Submit your student visa application.

All international students planning to attend Arizona State University will need to first apply for an I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

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Frequently-asked questions about International transfer admissions

How do I apply to ASU as a transfer student?

To apply to ASU as an international student, you must meet certain academic requirements, as well as demonstrate proof of English proficiency. Review this page for admission and English proficiency requirements, application procedures and deadlines for undergraduate students.

Requirements

How do I transfer credits to an American university?

When you transfer to ASU from another college or university, the following general standards for transfer credits apply. You can use ASU transfer tools to learn how credits will transfer and begin creating your roadmap to graduation.

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How many credits can be transferred to ASU?

You can transfer a maximum of 64 credits from a regionally accredited community, junior or two-year college for courses in which you have earned a “C” (4.00=“A”) or better.

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