International Student and Scholar Services

International Transfer Credit


If you attended a college or university outside of the U.S., you may be eligible for transfer credit. Follow the steps below in order to have your foreign coursework reviewed for credit at UMSL. 

STEP 1 – Apply for undergraduate admission

The transfer credit process can only be initiated for students who have been admitted to UMSL. Prospective international students can apply here.

STEP 2 – Submit course descriptions and final, official transcripts

Evaluations can only be done based on an official, final transcript. Students who were enrolled at another university at the time they applied to UMSL will need to submit a final transcript.  If a degree or credential was conferred, the degree certificate(s) must also be included.

Official course descriptions are required for this process. Documents that have been created by or translated by students are not acceptable.

NOTE: Documentation that is submitted as a part of the transfer credit process becomes a permanent part of the student's academic file. Original documents cannot be returned.

STEP 3 – Transfer credit evaluation

Transfer credit evaluation can begin after you have been admitted and have submitted official course descriptions and final, official transcripts. The International Academic Advisor then forwards the course descriptions to the appropriate department for review.  Higher level courses and courses that can be applied to the student's UMSL major must be evaluated by individual faculty members.  The evaluation process can be time consuming and may take 2 months to complete.

If you are a new student registering for your first semester at UMSL, you will want meet with your academic advisor to register for classes.  The advisors will be able to help you select suitable courses while you wait for your transfer credit to be evaluated.

STEP 4 – Degree Audit Reports

We recommend running a Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) report, which will show where transfer work has been applied toward your degree requirements. You can view and print your own DARS report using the My DARS Report link in the Academic Toolbox on your MyGateway page.

If you need help generating or interpreting the report, click on the "Help" link located at the right hand side of the top of the Audit menu page. Should you need further information, the DARS website is

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