International Transfer Credit

International Transfer Credit

For applicants who are looking for a transfer of credits from a university foreign to the U.S., we must have your post-secondary transcripts be evaluated to determine course transferability.

Southwest Minnesota State University requires that a catalog match transcript evaluation be done by Education Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE). This company specializes in the evaluation of international courses and will document how classes equate to Southwest Minnesota State University's classes. Please be vary that the ECE evaluation that SMSU requires is the catalog match evaluation.

Important things to note about this credit evaluation

  • This credit evaluation is not a requirement for admissions
  • Applicants who do not have an ECE catalog match evaluation will be admitted as incoming freshmen
  • Applicants can still have an ECE catalog match evaluation after arriving at SMSU
  • Failure to submit an ECE evaluation in a timely manner would bring an impact on academic advising
  • Some consulates around the world believe that this evaluation should be completed before you attempt the visa interview

Southwest Minnesota State University understands that there is no guarantee that applicants will be granted a Visa even though the applicant is successfully admitted into the university. Furthermore, it is understood that the cost of the ECE evaluation ($225) in addition to the SEVIS fee ($200) and the SMSU application fee ($20) represent an investment on the part of the student and family. For this reason, SMSU does not fully require the ECE evaluation prior to your arrival on campus to begin your studies.

At your request, we will put the following statement on your I-20 under the comments section: "Due to the costly nature of this evaluation, credits from the student's prior university will be evaluated by Education Credential Evaluators Inc. upon arrival to the U.S. Student's class standing will be re-evaluated at that time."

However, if you so wish to complete the ECE evaluation before you arrive, an ECE application can be downloaded from the ECE website.

Last Modified: 6/20/17 9:09 AM