Transfer applications

It is possible to transfer from a UK university to a US university, as well as between US institutions part of the way through a degree. This is made possible by the flexibility of the credit system at US universities.

As well as meeting the basic university entrance criteria, transfer applicants are expected to:

  • Complete at least one year of university study before transferring
  • Be performing well at the current institution
  • Have clear reasons for transferring to a particular university or college
  • Have clear study pans and objectives at the new institution
  • Study for at least two years at the new institution

Although some requirements such as admissions exams might be waived for transfer students, it is not an easy path to admission. The most competitive colleges have even more demanding admissions standards for transfer students. It might also be difficult to attain funding.


Application deadlines are later for transfer students than first-year admissions. For entry in the fall/autumn, transfer application deadlines are typically between February and March. Spring entry application deadlines will likely be in the early autumn.

Application process

You will be required to submit:

  • Application fees
  • Official transcripts from your secondary school and current university
  • Reference letters (these can be from current professors)
  • Admissions essays
  • Personal statement outlining your reasons for transferring
    • Make sure you focus on positives, and do not criticise your current institution

You should contact the university to which you want to transfer, to find out their transfer application requirements and processes.

You might be asked to use an external credential evaluator, to see how the courses you have taken at university so far match up to the new university’s curriculum requirements.

If you haven’t met the typical requirements for a first-year student, you could be asked to take additional classes once you enrol. Alternatively, if your modules at your current university far exceed the new university’s requirements, you could be granted advanced standing.

Tips for success

To make the transfer process as smooth as possible, you should:

  • Make sure all academic records are official and bear the original stamp or seal of the issuing institution
  • Submit official course descriptions for all the university courses you have taken so far, including:
    • Summaries or outlines of the major topics covered in each course
    • The number of units or hours required in lectures or laboratories for each course on a weekly basis
    • Term/semester lengths
    • Required texts for each course
    • Credit value of the course according to your current university
  • Provide information on the total number of credits required for your current degree (an honours degree in the UK is normally at least 360 credits)