The University of Denver (DU) welcomes international transfer students to apply to our undergraduate programs. A transfer student is one who has completed any college or university courses after graduating from secondary school.
Transfer applicants will be notified of their admission decision on a rolling basis following completion of their application. Applications submitted after the recommended deadlines below will be considered on a case-by-case, space-available basis.
A printable version of deadlines and checklist items for undergraduate international applicants can be found here.
DEADLINES FOR INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER APPLICANTS
- Fall quarter (September): July 1
- Winter quarter (January): October 15
- Spring quarter (March): December 15 (limited space)
- Summer quarter (June): March 15 (limited space)
Transfer applicants with the greatest chance of being admitted will generally have a 3.0 GPA or B average with no grades of D or F in their previous college coursework. If you have completed less than one year of course work at another college or university, submit an official high school transcript in addition to those from all colleges or universities you have attended. All transcripts must be sent directly from your previous schools to DU's Office of International Student Admission to be considered official.
- Submit either the Common Application online or the Transfer Pioneer Application.
- A nonrefundable application fee of $60. The application fee may be paid during the online application process or mailed separately to our office. No waivers or deferrals of the application fee are allowed.
- A passport-sized photograph taken within a year of the date of application.
- Official transcripts from each college/university attended must be sent directly from the school(s) to the Office of International Student Admission in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations. Errors or omissions in English translations may be grounds for refusal or dismissal.
- International students who have completed less than one full academic year of college (45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours) must also request official transcripts from their secondary/high schools be sent to the Office of International Student Admission. These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations.
- A personal statement (essay) of at least 300 words, which includes information concerning your life, education, practical experience, special interests or specific purpose in applying to the University of Denver.
- *TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. For additional information on score requirements, please visit the English Proficiency section of the website. Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be submitted at least one month prior to enrollment. Transfer students with more than one academic year at a U.S. college/university are typically exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS
Interview requirement for students living in China. The University of Denver is now requiring the CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI), administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). We are excited about this new tool, which is currently only offered in China, and believe it will help us better assess your English proficiency and enthusiasm for enrolling at the University of Denver. To learn more about this requirement, click here.
*If you are a non-native speaker of English you will be required to take the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) during International Student Orientation. All non-native speakers, regardless of TOEFL or IELTS test scores, must take this assessment. The results of the test will determine your placement into an additional writing course, ENGL 1191 "Advanced Writing for International Students" for which you will receive elective credit toward your degree. IMPORTANT: Your ELPA results may also require you to enroll in the full-time intensive English program at DU's English Language Center, regardless of your TOEFL or IELTS scores. In this case, you will remain enrolled in the ELC program until you have successfully completed Level Five, after which you may enroll in your degree program. (Note: each Level of English at the ELC corresponds to one quarter.) Click here for additional information. NOTE: Students who have completed one full year of courses at a U.S. college or university are exempt from this English Language Proficiency Assessment.
English Conditional Admission
Any undergraduate student who successfully completes the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver's English Language Center prior to enrolling in a degree program will not be required to present a TOEFL/IELTS score. Completion of an intensive English program other than the University of Denver's English Language Center does not satisfy this requirement.
Transfer of Credit
Official transcripts from previous institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis after you have been accepted to DU. The preliminary evaluation will list courses that transfer into the following categories:
- core curriculum
- specific requirements for your degree and major
- electives (courses that do not meet major or liberal arts requirements)
- courses to be approved by the faculty representative in your major
The following are general guidelines for transfer of credit:
- Grade of C (2.0) or better in each course is required to be considered for transfer credit. Grades of C- or lower are not transferable.
- Semester/quarter-hour conversion: One semester hour is equal to 1.5 quarter hours. Pass/Fail courses can be considered for transfer if the pass grade equals a C (2.0) or better.
- Community college/Junior college credits: A maximum of 90-96 quarter hours (60-64 semester hours) may transfer from a two-year school and may only be transferred at the first-year and sophomore levels.
- The final 45 quarter hours (senior year) of your degree must be completed at DU.
- The maximum number of quarter hours that may transfer to DU is 138-140.
Your year of academic standing is determined by the following number of quarter hours:
- 0-44 First-Year
- 45-89 Sophomore
- 90-134 Junior
- 135+ Senior
Transfer students are considered for merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $11,000 annually.