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

 International  Undergrad Transfer Credit Steps

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.  US Citizens or Permanent Residents with foreign coursework should apply through the Office of Admissions, but have their foreign credentials sent to International Student & Scholar Services.

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 once all grades are posted.  If a degree or credential was conferred, the degree certificate(s) may also be required.

Official, course descriptions in English are required for this process.  Course descriptions are needed for each class under review.  In order to be considered official, course descriptions must be:

  • Submitted in an official envelope bearing the institution's stamp across the sealed flap


  • Emailed directly to ISS from an official email address at the issuing institution


  • Posted on the school’s official website


  • Photocopied from an official school catalogue
    • Please bring your original catalogue to our office for copying

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

Academic Departments & Faculty Members Review Courses for Transfer Credit
The transfer credit evaluation can begin after [A] you have been admitted and have [B] submitted official course descriptions and final, official transcripts. The International Academic Advisor then forwards the course descriptions to the appropriate department for review.  Please note that courses are evaluated by individual faculty members.  The evaluation process can be time consuming and may take 2+ months to complete.

Students Track the Progress of their Transfer Using MyView or DARS
Students are responsible for monitoring the progress of their International Transfer Credit.  You may track the progress of your transfer credit using MyView, but we recommend running a Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) report.  The DARS report 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 or by visiting https://cf.umsl.edu/webapps/ITS/Student/Dars/login.cfm
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, visit the DARS website

Admitted students can meet with an academic advisor in your department to register for classes, even if your transfer credit is still in progress. The advisors will be able to help you select suitable courses that will allow you to make progress towards your degree while you wait for your transfer credit to be evaluated.

Transfer Credit Complete

Grades of D or better earned in college-level work at an accredited or approved institution of higher education should receive full credit when transferred to UMSL. The University, however, will treat all grades in courses attempted on the same basis as those of an UMSL student. For example, if a program requires an UMSL student to repeat a specified course having earned a D grade, a transfer student will also be required to repeat the same course if it carries a D grade.  Incomplete or failed courses cannot be considered for credit.

It is important to note that college-level credit has the potential to transfer to the University of Missouri - St Louis in one of four ways:

  • DIRECT EQUIVALENCY: The credit will transfer in and be equal to a course offered here at UMSL.
  • FREE ELECTIVE TRANSFER: The courses are considered for admission purposes, but do not apply to your UMSL degree in any way.
  • UNACCEPTED TRANSFER CREDIT: The courses do not transfer and will not satisfy any degree requirements.
  • HOURS EARNED: The class may not have an equivalent course taught at UMSL, but the student will receive an equal number of “elective” hours to count towards the total 120 required for graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Credential Evaluation Reports
    • Do I need to get a credential evaluation report?
      No.  Unless a specific circumstance requires a third-party evaluation, UMSL conducts its own evaluations of foreign transcripts.
    • Can I submit a credential evaluation report anyway?What if I have an extenuating circumstance that prevents me from obtaining an official transcript?
      International Student Services will accept a "course-by-course" evaluation from World Education Services (WES) in place of official international transcripts and degree certificates. http://www.wes.org. If WES is unable to evaluate academic documents from your institution, please contact us at iss@umsl.edu.  Do not independently select a different third-party evaluation service.

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    • What if I already have a credential evaluation from a company other than WES from before I applied to UMSL? Please contact the International Academic Advisor for Transfer Credit.
  • Course Descriptions
    • What is a course description?
      A course description is a detailed description of what topics were studied in a course. For the purposes of foreign transfer credit, a course syllabus works best. Descriptions should be received in an official envelope bearing the institution's stamp across the sealed flap, emailed directly to ISS from the issuing institution, printed from an official school website, or photocopied from a school catalogue brought to our office. A sample course description is below: 
      • ANTHRO 2035 Ancient Greek Civilization and Culture (3)
        A survey of the history, language, literature, art, science and philosophy of the ancient Greeks from prehistory to the Roman conquest. It covers the glamorous Minoan-Mycenaean civilization, the rise of a classical Greek civilization and the golden age, the history of the city states such as Athens and Sparta, and the Hellenistic period under Alexander the Great and his descents. Examines the nature of the ancient Greek language, surveys literary classics such as the Illiad and the Odyssey, and describes the archaeology of Greek myths based on the ongoing UMSL archaeological project in Greece. Discusses the rise of humanism, the ancient Olympic Games, and the legacy of ancient Greece in Western civilization.

    • What do you mean by “an official envelope bearing the institution's stamp across the sealed flap?”

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    • My University cannot issue course descriptions in English.  How can I obtain official, English language course descriptions?
      If a certified translation is needed, please see our Translation Guidelines.
  • How can I appeal a transfer credit decision?
    If you are dissatisfied with a determination made about the transfer of a course, there is an appeals process in place to allow you to contest the decision.
  • Can graduate students transfer credits?
    The process outlined above is for undergraduate students only.  Graduate students seeking transfer credit from a college or university outside of the U.S. should contact the Coordinator of Academic Programs/Records for the Graduate School.