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Transfer to UMD

The first step in transferring to the University of Minnesota Duluth from another U.S. university is to meet with the international student adviser at your current school.

Procedure at Current School

Meet with the International Student Adviser at your current school to discuss your intent to transfer schools and to determine a SEVIS "transfer release date". That date should be the date that you no longer have ties to your current school (i.e., classes, employment).

Ask your International Student Adviser to process a "transfer release" in SEVIS for you to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth. Note: You must be certain that it's the University of Minnesota Duluth to which you want to transfer. If you have admission applications pending at other schools that you may wish to attend, do not request the transfer release until you have made a final decision.

Have your international student adviser complete the Transfer Release Form and fax or mail that form to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Procedure at the University of Minnesota

On or after the transfer release date and based on receipt of the Transfer Release Form, the University of Minnesota Duluth will be able to access your SEVIS record and prepare a 'Transfer Pending' I-20.

Note: The I-20 cannot be prepared until UMD has received the Transfer Release form and your Financial Certification Statement.

If you are traveling outside the US between attendance at your previous school and UMD you will receive a "Transfer Pending" I-20 to be used for re-entry. Upon your arrival on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth, bring your passport, I-94, previous I-20 form(s) and the I-20 issued by UMD to the International Student Adviser's office (KSC 237).

The transfer process cannot be completed until:

  • A transfer release has been processed in SEVIS by your previous school.
  • ISS has received the Transfer Release Form.
  • You have submitted to the University a Financial Certification Statement.
  • You have met with the UMD International Student Adviser
  • You have enrolled full time at the University of Minnesota.
  • You have notified ISS of your full-time enrollment and have requested that your transfer be completed.

Attention: Students with Assistantship Offers You are not eligible to be employed by the University of Minnesota until the date your transfer is complete. This date will be the date your Continued Attendance I-20 is prepared by ISS. Failure to have the transfer process completed by the beginning date of the assistantship will result in your loss of salary. It will also result in your tuition benefit being prorated based on the number of days you are not paid an assistantship salary; you will be billed for prorated tuition. To avoid this, please do the following:

  • Your arrival on campus should provide sufficient time for you to participate in Document Check at ISS, clear any holds on your University record that will prohibit enrollment, and meet with your academic adviser regarding the classes you will be taking. Note: You cannot register for classes until you have participated in Document Check and gotten temporary or permanent releases of holds that are on your academic record.
  • Enroll full-time at the University at least one day before your assistantship begins and request a Continued Attendance I-20 from ISS.

If your enrollment takes place the day before your assistantship begins or on or after the assistantship start date, ISS will prepare a same-day Continued Attendance I-20 for you if your request is submitted to the F-1 Document Specialist by 12:00 noon Monday through Friday. A Continued Attendance I-20 request submitted after 12:00 noon may result in the I-20 being prepared the following work day; that will cause you to miss an additional day of salary.

Transfer Credit by Evaluation

To receive a copy of your transfer credit evaluation or if you have questions regarding how your coursework transferred to UMD, contact Anna Gilmore. Students who have transferred from a U.S. university can see meet with a staff person from the Office of Admissions, Solon Campus Center 25.

Transfer Credit by Examination

International students come from many different educational systems and it is not possible, in many cases, to award University credit based only on the transcript. Students who feel that they have completed an equivalent course and would like to receive credit may arrange to take an exam for the course.

Departments offer examinations for credit at least once a term. Each department sets the date, time, and nature of the examinations. To take a special examination for credit, the student must obtain a Request for Credit by Examination Form at the Student Assistance Center, 23 Solon Campus Center, and complete the procedures outlined on the form. A $50 fee is required in advance. A service charge may be assessed when a nationally standardized examination is given. Students must be registered for the term in which they sit for the exam but not be currently enrolled in the course.

Transfer from UMD

Your SEVIS record must be released to your new school before they can prepare an I-20 for you.

  • Meet with the International Student Adviser to discuss your intent to transfer and to determine your "transfer release date". Note: The transfer release date will be the date you no longer have ties to the University of Minnesota (i.e., class, employment, etc.).

  • Ask the International Student Adviser to process a "transfer release" in SEVIS for you to attend the new school. Note: You must be certain that you want to attend that school. If you have admission applications pending at other schools that you may wish to attend, do not request the transfer release until you have made a final decision on the school you want to transfer to.

  • If your new school has mailed you a Transfer Recommendation form, ask the International Student Adviser to complete that form for you.

  • When the transfer release date arrives, your new school will gain access to your SEVIS record and will be able to process a "Transfer Pending" I-20 for you.

  • You may use the Transfer Pending I-20 for reentry into the U.S. if you elect to travel before reporting to your new school. You must have a valid F-1 entry visa stamp and you must be prepared to document the funding resources noted on the I-20. You should also carry a transcript from each school in the U.S. where you have studied.

  • Upon your full-time enrollment at the new school and prior to the 15th day of class, ask the International Student Adviser to prepare a "Continued Attendance" I-20 for you that reflects Transfer Complete.

    You will not be eligible to work on the campus of the new school until your transfer process is complete and the "Continued Attendance" I-20 has been issued. If you have been offered an assistantship or fellowship, discuss the transfer deadline with the International Student Adviser to avoid losing salary or fellowship funds.

  • If your plans change (i.e., you decide to transfer to a different school or you decide to continue employment at UMD for a longer period of time, etc.) it is essential that you notify the international student adviser immediately! Once your SEVIS record has been transferred, the action cannot be rescinded.

 

 

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