International Transfer Students

Colorado Mesa University welcomes international transfer students to apply for admission. You are considered a transfer student if:

  • You are a non-resident who has or will be seeking an international student visa,
  • You have graduated from high school/secondary school or received a school-leaving certificate, 
  • You are currently taking or have taken college/university-level courses (either at a U.S. or foreign college/university).

 Office of International Student Admissions and Programs Admission Requirements

Transfer students transferring from a U.S. or international institution must complete the same admissions checklist as a First-Time Undergraduate Student. Please see this web page for a detailed list of the requirements.

If you are currently on an F-1 visa and transferring from a U.S. college or university, print and fill out the top portion of the Transfer Verification Form and have the appropriate school official at the current institution complete the bottom portion. The form can be emailed to the CMU International Admissions and Programs Office. This form must be received prior to an admission decision. The SEVIS release date can be left blank until you have officially decided to transfer and a copy of the admission letter has been sent to your current school.

"Transcript" refers to a course list, grade list, mark book or other document detailing classes and grades.

  • For students with college- level course work or a degree from the U.S.: 
    • Submit an official transcript from each institution attended. A transcript is only considered "official" if imprinted with the institution's official seal or is a certified copy. Faxed or emailed transcripts are not acceptable for full admission.
  • For students with college- level course work or a degree from outside the U.S.:
    • If your university credits/degree are from an accredited institution outside of the U.S., the transcript(s) must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation and evaluated by a third party before Colorado Mesa University will review for possible transfer credits. Evaluation is optional but no credits/degree will be considered for transcripts without a professional evaluation. Please note that if a student chooses to have the professional evaluation done, an official copy of the transcripts does not need submitted to CMU.
      “Transfer credit” refers to acceptance of a course from the previous accredited college or university to satisfy a requirement in a Colorado Mesa University degree program.
    • Colorado Mesa University recognizes and uses ECE and WES for evaluation services or any service listed at
    • Official evaluated transcripts from previous institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis after you have been accepted to Colorado Mesa University. Transfer credit cannot be guaranteed.
  • Official Secondary/High School Transcripts
    • Official high school transcripts must be submitted only if you have less than 30 U.S. equivalent credit hours of college-level coursework (approximately one year of full-time classes).

Transfer Student FAQ


Please refer to the first-time undergraduate student checklist as well as the additional items listed under the International Transfer Students Students Requirements above.
No. If you have attended any post-secondary institution in any country, you must apply as a transfer student and submit transcripts for all previous coursework.You can decide whether to start your degree from the beginning at CMU or have your transcripts evaluated professionally for possible transfer credit.

Yes. However, your college credits must be from an accredited institution within the U.S. If they are from outside of the U.S., the transcript(s) must be evaluated by a third party before Colorado Mesa University will review for transfer credits. Colorado Mesa University recognizes and uses ECE and WES for evaluation services or any service listed at

Once a transfer student has applied and been accepted to Colorado Mesa University and a professional evaluation of the foreign transcripts/degree has been received, a transfer credit evaluation will be completed. A U.S. equivalent grade of C (2.0) or better in each course is required to be considered for transfer credit. Courses will only transfer to Colorado Mesa University from institutions accredited by recognized accrediting agencies, and transfer credit is not guaranteed. Students should be prepared to submit course descriptions or syllabi if requested.

Yes, a student that meets all admission requirements except for English proficiency may apply for conditional admission to CMU and enroll in an approved intensive English language program until proficiency is met. Please note that for graduate admission, students will likely be required to submit a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score upon completion of the program.

The need for English proficiency test scores will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the academic progress at the institution previously attended.