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International Transfer Student

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Transfer Applicants

Majors: Please check our brochure and the website ( for the latest updated list.

Deadline: October 1 – Spring; June 1 – Fall

Late applications are accepted, but we recommend that international students apply as soon as possible to allow enough time for pre-departure.

General Admission Requirements:

Education Level

Applicants are considered transfers if they took post-secondary/ college level courses or previously were enrolled in a higher education/tertiary institution.  Any student who has already enrolled in any higher education institution cannot apply as a new freshman.  Falsifying the application is a dismissible offence.

English Language Proficiency

  • All international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions.
  •  Students should request that ETS send official TOEFL scores directly to Kent (institution code: 1367). An IELTS report can be sent as a scanned PDF or submitted electronically.
  • The minimum scores: TOEFL ≥ 71 (iBT)/ 525 (PBT) ; IELTS ≥ 6.0; Completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program.
  • Those who do not meet the minimum score for admission may be admitted conditionally if they meet academic requirements—Conditional Admission means students will take English language classes at our ESL Center before entering their program.

GPA Requirement

Transfers should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ≥ 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale

Check website for special majors' selective requirements. Students that do not meet the minimum requirement but still want that program may be considered for the pre-major.

Transfer Application Process:

1.       Submit an online application and application fee $70

2.       Prepare application documents

  • CoverLetter (Name, Application Web ID*)
  • Passport Biographical Page
  • English Language Proficiency Scores
  • College transcript (Certified English translation and original language)**
  • College Graduation Certificate/Diploma if available (Certified English translation and original language)**
If applicant has taken fewer than 12 semester hours:
    • Secondary School Graduation Certificate/Diploma/Attending Certificate(Certified English translation and original language)**
    • Secondary School Transcripts/detailed marksheets (Certified English translation and original language)**
  • Additional documents if required *Check website for special majors' selective requirements
  • Financial guarantee (bank statements) that show sufficient funds to cover educational expenses.
  • Kent State University Financial Information Worksheet

3.       Submission of all required documents to OGE

  • Include the student's full name and Kent State ID when sending documents.
  • For faster processing, all the documents should be scanned as one multi-page PDF (the size of the PDF file should be within 5MB) and sent to the International Admissions Office through
  • If you attended a US institution, we must have official copies for admissions purposes. We cannot accept copies.
  • Mailing the application is also acceptable for international applicants to the address provided:

Office of Global Education | Kent State University

625 Loop Road | 106 Van Campen Hall | Kent, Ohio 44242

4.       Check Status

Please remember that it is your responsibility to check your application status to ensure that we have received all documents. You should allow 3 weeks for the status of your application to be updated and please note that items sent to Kent State become the property of the University and will not be returned.

5.       Provide final and official documents after arrival

For admission purposes, we accept scanned documents of academic credentials. When an applicant is admitted, his/her final and official transcript and diploma should be brought to the International Admissions Office for verification.  This should be done within the first semester (or a module for ESL student). Otherwise, the student's account will be put on HOLD.


6.       Course Descriptions

This will help your academic advisers evaluate your previous courses and add the credits toward your major here at Kent State University

Transfer Student Information

Transfer Credit


  • International Admissions does the initial evaluation to determine what the equivalent credit hours and grades are, but it is the responsibility of the student to meet with an academic advisor to see how these courses fit into your major at Kent State. We cannot guarantee all your credits will transfer to exact equivalents in your program.
  • If possible, please bring course syllabus and course descriptions in English to make this process easier,
A Guide to Transferring International Credits

  1. International Student provides final and official transcripts to the International Admissions office (Van Campen Hall)
  2. International Admissions does transfer credit evaluation and assigns general courses and USA credit hours to courses and USA credit hours to courses with USA grade D or better. (No Basic English language courses will transfer)
  3. International Admissions sends transfer credit evaluation to the Transfer Center (Schwartz Center), and they enter the general courses and credit hours to the student's advising record
  4. Student will receive an email when Step 3 is complete. Student needs to meet with Academic Advisor for their major to figure out how the general credits fit into the major program at Kent State University.
Completed Evaluation
  • Once the transfer credit evaluation is complete, you will be notified through email. You can also view your unofficial transcript or transfer credits by accessing your Flashline account that is provided in your acceptance letter 
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