Transfer student information
Resources to ensure a smooth transition
Transfer credit policy
If your university is recognized by the Ministry of Education in your home country, or if it is directly accredited by one of the United States regional accrediting bodies, we will grant transfer credit. Students can receive up to 90 credits from a four-year institution and up to 64 credits from a two-year institution. Students must submit official postsecondary transcripts and course descriptions in English in order to receive transfer credit and have a grade of C or better. Please note that transfer credit will not be awarded for remedial level classes. The academic unit will determine direct equivalency for any major required courses.
Transfer credit is a two-step process. Step one involves international admissions posting transfer credit and determining liberal studies designations. Step two involves the student providing course descriptions and syllabi to their department. The student will work with their department advisor to determine if any transferred classes meet major requirements.
Please note that international students transferring to Northern Arizona University may look up course equivalencies. Please visit the AZTransfer website, select “Northern Arizona University,” then select the institution from which you intend to transfer.
Transfer in SEVIS
Students currently attending a secondary or postsecondary institution in the United States will be able to transfer their I-20 Form from their current institution to NAU. Students must complete the Transfer-In Form with their current international advisor or designated school official (DSO). To complete the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) transfer procedure, NAU must verify that the student is (was) in valid F-1 status at the school in the term preceding the student’s transfer or preceding an authorized vacation. The form will be completed by the student’s current international student advisor and can be accessed online here.
Requirements for admission
Read more on NAU’s admissions policy and health insurance requirements.
Admissions policy Accordion Closed
An application is considered complete when all secondary and postsecondary transcripts have been received. Transfer students that have earned 24 or more credits at an American postsecondary institution (college or university) only need to submit that transcript as part of their application. Students with fewer than 24 postsecondary credits from an American institution must submit a secondary school transcript in addition to the transcript for any completed postsecondary courses, if applicable.
Transfer students without a postsecondary degree must have a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) to be considered for admission to NAU. Transfer students with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission with a cumulative GPA of 2.0.