How to transfer from one university to another in USA
Updated on Jan 6, 2015 - 5:35 p.m. IST by Sudipta Mishra #United States of America
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How to transfer from one university to another in USA: This is a question which often bothers international students in the USA. While some students get admission to their desired college or university, a lot of students do a compromise, with a plan to transfer later from one university to another. Transferring from one university to another in the USA can take place in various ways. The transfer can take place from one university to another or from one college to another. Also, the students transferring from one university to another in the USA can do so after or before the first semester or between the academic years. International students who transfer from a community college to a four-year college or university do a 2 + 2 years programme, wherein they complete a two years’ associate degree programme at a community college and then transfer to a four-year university to finish their Bachelor’s degree.

 

Some MUST-BEs to ensure before your transfer from one university to another in USA:
  • Student must be having a valid I20 or DS-2019.
  • Student must be an F-1 or J-1 visa holder.
  • Student must be transferring to a university which is willing to take him/her.
  • Student must not owe any fees to the university he/she is transferring from.
  • The policies of either of the universities must not be opposing the transfer.

While planning transfer from one university to another in the USA, the first thing which international students ought to do is to consult their International Student Advisor and Academic Advisor. Every college or university in USA has a different transfer policy. While transferring from college is easy and smooth process in some universities, in case of others, transferring from one college to another is a long and tiresome process. This is where advisors will come to help. Knowing the US education system well, the International Student Advisors or Academic Advisors act as the ideal guide for international students planning to transfer from one university to another. They will help students plan the process of transferring to another university, apply at a university at the right time, inform the correct authority, make the necessary changes and complete the transfer without any hassle.

 

After consulting with the International Student Advisor, the student needs to initiate the transferring procedure. The student should ensure to secure the approval of the department head as well as other relevant authorities.  After securing the permission, the student should start with the process of transfer of the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Programme) record and other essential documents, clear the pending fees and close remaining formalities with the previous university. Simultaneously, the student should contact the International Student Advisor of the new university and complete the process for the transfer to take place.

 

How to transfer from one college to another in USA: 

  • One of the most important things that international students need to keep in mind is the transfer of their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Programme) records. They need to keep in mind that their records and status is transferred to the new university and updated instead of getting deleted. Once deleted, international students will have to re-apply with all the documents like bank statements, passport, I 94, new I 20 and a requisition letter asking to re-instate the student’s status to the USCIS. The re-instating process is not only lengthy but also unpredictable as one can't be sure of positive result. 
  • Another point which international students should remember while transferring from one university to another in the USA is approval of the department head of the course the student is pursuing at the corresponding university. For the college to transfer the student’s SEVIS record and smoothly carry out the entire process of transferring, the sanction of the department head is necessary.
  • International students wanting to transfer from one college to another in the USA must start the process early, so that they get ample to time to transfer all the documents and inform all the stake-holders in time.

 

How to transfer from one college to another in USA: Things to know before you start with the process

  • Students should find out the maximum number of credits that can be transferred while migrating from one university to another.
  • Students should find out whether the special English language classes they are pursuing at the previous college can be transferred to the new college.
  • Although there is usually a minimum GPA requirement in order to transfer, the GPA earned at one college does not usually affect the GPA at another.
  • Students should know the accreditations of the university they are planning to transfer.
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