International Transfer Applicants

International students and permanent residents applying as undergraduate transfer students: from another U.S. college or university: 

  • Students must have completed at least 23 transferable semester credit hours and minimally cumulative grade point averages of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in performance at American collegiate institutions. Any prior university level work from the home country must minimally be equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer international applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements
  • Affidavits of financial responsibility (a Declaration of Finances) for the first year's expenses (or, at the discretion of the dean of admissions, a tuition deposit) must be submitted by all international applicants
  • Students attending or transferring from other U.S. colleges or universities must meet the same English proficiency requirements as international students applying from abroad.  
  • Transfer applicants must show evidence of being in good immigration status by submitting the Form I-20 issued by their previous schools as well as Transfer Verification Form completed by their previous schools.  If status was not maintained, a student must apply to the Immigration and Naturalization Services for reinstatement after being admitted to Saint Mary’s College.
  • Credit will not be allowed in transfer from any school, foreign or domestic, for course work in English taught as a second language and intended to develop proficiency.

International students applying as undergradute transfer students from a college or university abroad:

  • These students must meet school or college admission requirements and are governed by the same regulations as international students applying to transfer from another U.S. college or university as stated in number I above, items A through I. 
  • Collegiate grade point averages must be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. or in the above-average range, when there is no direct correlation to a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants will be requested to submit documentation from previously attended colleges/universities in addition to official transcripts. This information should include:
    • Description of course content
    • Description of course units
    • Number of hours spent per course, per quarter/semester/other
    • Explanation of the grading system used
  • Credit for coursework completed at collegiate institutions in other nations that are English-based and patterned after the American community college system will be evaluated for credit on a course-by-course basis.  Current programs include Kolej Damansara Utama and the HELP Institutes in Malaysia; Taylor’s College Malaysia, China, Singapore, and Thailand; INTI College Malaysia,  Indonesia and China, Center American Education in Singapore.


If you have additional questions, please reach to our International Admissions Counselor, Caitlin Knowlton at 925-631-4127 or