USF Students

International Transfer Student Admission

Apply to USF as an International Transfer Student

USF is a fantastic place to finish your education and start your professional career. Every year, we welcome hundreds of transfer students to our campus, and you’ll soon be part of a tight-knit transfer community. You’ll get the best of a Jesuit liberal arts education and enjoy all the amenities of living in the thriving, diverse, entrepreneurial city of San Francisco.

Eligibility and Requirements

You can apply as a transfer student if:

  • You have graduated from high school and are enrolled or have been enrolled at another college or university or;
  • You already have a degree and would like to pursue a second bachelor's degree

In order to be considered for transfer admission, you must:

  • Have completed at least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits of college coursework from a regionally-accredited institution (30 semester or 45 quarter credits for nursing majors). If you have fewer than this, you can still apply to transfer, but a high school transcript will also be required to complete your application
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher (3.0 for nursing or engineering majors)
  • Be in academic and disciplinary good standing. USF defines good standing as having a term GPA of 2.00 or higher in the most recent term completed.

Interested in nursing or engineering? Make sure to review our specific nursing transfer requirements and engineering transfer requirements.

Supplemental Materials

  • Transcripts & Evaluations: You need to submit separate transcripts and course descriptions from all colleges or universities that you’ve previously attended, plus a certified translation if the transcript is not in English. If you have fewer than 24 semester or 36 quarter units of college credit, you also need to submit a high school transcript.

    You are required to submit an official course-by-course credential evaluation for all post-secondary coursework completed at foreign colleges and universities. The evaluation must be completed by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and include U.S. credit hours, a calculated grade point average (GPA), and a verified copy of the official transcript. Evaluations are not required for schools that are accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting organization or those that have a transfer agreement with USF. If you enroll at USF, you are also required to submit an official final transcript and an updated course-by-course credential evaluation for any coursework that was not included in the initial credential evaluation.

    Official Transcripts and credential evaluations can be sent directly from your school or the credential evaluator to or via mail to:

    Office of Admission
    University of San Francisco
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117
  • English language proficiency: If English is not your native language, you are required to submit official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English test. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements, including how to waive these requirements.
  • Certification of Finances: International students intending to study on an F-1 or J-1 visa must verify their ability to pay for their first year at USF. Once you have applied to USF, please log in to your Dons Status Page to submit the Certification of Finances form and your supporting financial documents.

    If you are intending to study at USF on a different visa (e.g. E-2, H-4, R-2, etc.), please email a copy of your visa to instead of completing this form.
  • Gap Year Explanation: If there are any breaks in your education since you’ve graduated from secondary school, please send a short statement explaining your activities during this time to
  • (Optional) Letter of recommendation: Letters of recommendation are not required for transfer students. You may still submit one if you’d like, but we will consider all applications on equal grounds, regardless of whether you’ve submitted a letter or not. Your recommender can submit a letter on your behalf to

Connect with your Admission Counselor

You have a personal USF admission counselor to guide you every step of the way. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you, and we’re always happy to help.

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