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Transfer admission to a US bachelor’s degree

What is transfer admission?

If you already have existing undergraduate credits from university study, we can help you apply for direct admission into Year 2 or 3 of a bachelor’s degree in the USA.

When you transfer credits to a US university, you can complete your undergraduate studies without adding extra time, and your degree will be awarded by the US university.

Why transfer to a US university?

There are many reasons why you might want to complete your bachelor’s degree in the USA:

  • Earn an elite qualification

    The American higher education system is considered one of the best in the world, and US degrees are recognized worldwide for their academic excellence and enhanced learning experiences.

  • Enjoy flexible course options

    US bachelor’s degrees are flexibly designed and offer a huge choice of elective courses so you can customize your degree to your interests and strengths.

  • Get valuable international experience

    By transferring to a university in the USA, you can experience the US education system and American university life first-hand. Understanding another language and culture is a key asset in today’s global economy, and many employers seek to hire people who have strong cross-cultural skills.

  • Build work experience in the USA

    You can work on campus as soon as you start your full-time degree studies, and in off-campus internships (through Curricular Practical Training, or CPT) after you have studied your US university degree for one year. International students who graduate with US university degree are eligible for paid work experience in the USA for 12 months, through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) benefit. If you complete a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree, you can extend your time to up to 36 months.

What are the requirements to transfer?

To transfer into a bachelor’s degree in the USA, students typically need to have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate level study from an accredited higher education institution in the USA or another country.

The university will assess your transcript to determine how many credits are transferable. You can receive transfer credit only for courses in which you earned a grade C or better. Not all previous credits may transfer over to your new degree.

You can see more details on transfer admission entry requirements for our US university partners:

  • Arizona State University entry requirements

    You can transfer into Year 2 or 3 of a bachelor’s degree in most undergraduate majors.

    Entry requirements

    • Academic: minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale from your college or university. Some degrees have higher requirements for admission.
    • English language: for most majors, minimum TOEFL/KiBT 61 / IELTS 6.0 / Pearson PTE 53 / KIL Advanced. Some degrees have higher requirements for admission.

    See more details on transfer admission to ASU.

  • Pace University entry requirements

    You can transfer directly into a bachelor’s degree at Pace, or through the Global Pathways program if you need to improve your English first.

    Entry requirements

    • Academic:
      • Global Pathways: minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in previous undergraduate coursework
      • Direct transfer: minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in previous coursework
    • English language:
      • Global Pathways: minimum TOEFL 61 / Kaplan International Tools for English 428 / IELTS 5.5 (no bands below 5.0) / PTE 44
      • Direct transfer: minimum TOEFL 80 / Kaplan International Tools for English 462 / IELTS 6.5 / PTE 54


  • Simmons University entry requirements

    You can transfer directly to Year 2 or 3 of a bachelor’s degree at Simmons.

    Entry requirements

    • Academic: minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale in previous undergraduate coursework
    • English language: minimum TOEFL/KiBT 89 / IELTS 6.5 / PTE 60 / Duolingo DET 105 / Kaplan International Languages Advanced level. You may not need to submit a test score if your first language is English or you have studied an English curriculum.
  • University of Connecticut entry requirements

    If you have 12 or more transferable undergraduate credits from another college or university, you should apply for transfer admission to UConn. Transfer admission is only available for Fall semester start.

    Entry requirements

    • Academic: minimum GPA 2.7–3.5 out of 4.0, depending on the program.
    • English language: minimum TOEFL 79 (no subscore below 19)  / IELTS 6.5 (no subscore below 6.5) / Duolingo 100 (no subscore below 90). If you have completed 1 year or more of full-time coursework at a US college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in non-ESL courses, you are not required to submit English proficiency test scores.

Why apply with Kaplan for transfer admission?

You will get expert help and receive step-by-step guidance through the entire application process.

  • Expert advice on available degrees

    Choosing a degree is a big decision. You want to be sure you’ve made the right choice, and so do we. You’ll get help finding the degree that’s best for your career goals. For example, this could relate to degree subject, length, or the type of work experience opportunities available during your studies.

    By knowing your academic qualifications, we can also counsel you on which degree options can increase your chance of admission. With expert advice, your decision will be easier to make.

  • Simplified application process

    The first stage is to create your degree application. Kaplan staff or your education representative can help you with this, and when you apply through us your application fee is waived. If you don’t have an official English language score yet, you can also take a free Kaplan exam.

    We will check that you meet the minimum requirements for the specific degree you are interested in, and that you have all the necessary supporting documents. Once your application is complete, we’ll send it to the university and work with their admissions team to make sure it’s processed smoothly.

  • Guidance from application to enrollment

    During the application process, you’ll have key deadlines to meet. But don’t worry, we’ll ensure you’re aware of these stages, so that you have the best chance of studying at your chosen university.  We offer extended deadlines at most of our universities, which gives you maximum flexibility.

    We’ll also keep you up to date on the progress of your application, and help you with the steps you need to take to apply for a visa and prepare for your arrival.

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