Eval Process Newly Admitted Int'l

Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation

The timeline for newly admitted students with international transfer courses to obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation can depend on the institution previously attended. It may take several weeks after the receipt of their admission letter before any courses are available for viewing.

Prior to international transfer courses being available on the student’s preliminary transfer credit evaluation, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions completes an initial review of the international transcript received to verify:

  • if the institution is recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education,
  • the credit conversion ratio from the international institution to UMD semester credits, and
  • the minimum grade that is accepted by UMD.

This review will begin after all required documentation is received and the student has received their admission to the University. The documents required for international transfer courses to be considered for acceptability by UMD are:

  • official transcript from the previously attended institution in the original language
  • certified English translation of the official transcript, if the original language is other than English. If the institution does not provide a certified English translation, then the English translation must be completed by a professional translator (http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services/translation-services).
  • 3rd party evaluation of international educational credentials from one of the following:
    • AACRAO IES (AACRAO International Education Services)
    • ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)
    • Josef Silny & Associates
    • WES (World Education Services)

Once this initial review is completed, the student will be notified via email that their preliminary transfer credit evaluation is available on the student's UMD unofficial transcript via Testudo.

Credit Conversion Ratio

During the international credit review process, an assessment of how the credits are converted from the international institution to semester hours is completed. The full-time yearly enrollment of credits at the international institution is compared to the full-time yearly enrollment at UMD. At Maryland, one year of full-time enrollment is equal to 30 semester credits.

The following are some examples of common conversion ratios:

  • Example 1: international full-time yearly enrollment is 30 credits.
    To calculate the conversion ratio, take 30 UMD credits divided by 30 international credits to equal 1. This means 1 international credit is equal to 1 UMD credit. A course that is 3 international credits transfers to UMD as 3 semester credits.
  • Example 2: international full-time yearly enrollment is 40 credits.
    To calculate the conversion ratio, take 30 UMD credits divide by 40 international credits to equal .75. This means 1 international credit equals .75 UMD credit. A course that is 3 international credits transfers to UMD as 2.25 semester credits.
  • Example 3: international full-time yearly enrollment is 48 credits.
    To calculate the conversion ratio, take 30 UMD credits divide by 48 international credits to equal .625. This means 1 international credit equals .625 UMD credit. A course that is 3 international credits transfers to UMD as 1.87 semester credits.
  • Example 4: international full-time yearly enrollment is 60 credits.
    To calculate the conversion ratio, take 30 UMD credits divide by 60 international credits to equal .5. This means 1 international credit equals .5 UMD credit. A course that is 3 international credits transfers to UMD as 1.5 semester credits.

It is important to note that UMD does NOT round transfer credits up or down. Credits are truncated at two decimal places.

Acceptability of Transfer Courses by UMD

The University of Maryland awards transfer credit for courses taken at international post-secondary educational institutions recognized by the ministry of education in the respective country. Transfer courses must be similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at UMD and a grade of "C-" or higher (based on United States grade equivalent) must have been earned for transfer credit to be awarded. International transfer courses will be posted with one of the following three grades:

  • a grade of "P" for Pass will display for courses that are accepted for transfer and awarded credit
  • a grade of “F” for Fail will display for a course that has an equivalent grade to below a C- (based on the United States grade equivalent)
  • a grade of “NC” for No Credit for courses that are not acceptable for transfer by UMD and zero credits is awarded

A course that is considered accepted for transfer to the University of Maryland will receive one of the following types of evaluations:

  • direct equivalency to a University of Maryland course (whether within or outside of the major),
  • no direct equivalency, but satisfies general education requirement, or
  • no direct equivalency, but is accepted as a general elective.

It is important to note that the evaluation of transfer courses is an ongoing process that typically continues through the first semester at the University. However, this may extend past the first semester depending on when the final official transcript and the course syllabus are received and processed.

It is important for newly admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates.

Transfer Course Notations

Transfer courses that have already been evaluated will have a notation of the acceptability (a direct UMD equivalent course, general education code, and/or general elective code) next to the course on the student’s UMD unofficial transcript. Transfer courses that are not acceptable by UMD will say “No Credit” next to the course and zero credits will be awarded.

Transfer courses that still need to be evaluated for acceptability may have one of the following notations:

  • A footnote of “NS” will appear next to a course on the student’s UMD unofficial transcript indicating a detailed syllabus is required for the evaluation to be completed.
  • A footnote of “PE” will appear next to a course indicating the course is currently being evaluated by the appropriate department. This notation could change to NS.

These notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course. You can click on any footnote on your unofficial transcript for additional information.

Please note a transfer course without any notations has not been evaluated for acceptability by UMD and must be evaluated prior to the course being applicable toward degree requirements.

Acceptability vs. Applicability of Transfer Courses

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) oversees course subject matter to determine the acceptability and the awarding of transfer credit for the University; and, consults with the academic departments for course clarifications and guidance. It is the academic department (administering the course content) that completes the evaluation of the transfer courses for direct equivalencies to specific UMD courses. This review is based on comparison of the transfer course to courses offered for degree programs at the University of Maryland.

A transfer course must be acceptable by UMD before it can be applicable toward degree requirements (general education, specific major requirements, and total credits needed to graduate). A not acceptable transfer course is not applicable to degree requirements.

It is important to note a course may not be applied toward a student’s general education requirements if the course has not been approved for general education during the acceptability evaluation process. How a course applies (applicability of a course) to a student’s degree requirements is determined by a student’s advising college. Students need to work with an academic advisor in their advising college in determining the applicability of the transfer courses toward their degree requirements. This is typically completed during orientation, but may require a follow-up advising appointment.

Transfer Course Evaluation Request

Students are responsible for submitting all final official transcripts detailing their entire academic record prior to enrolling at the University. Transfer courses will post to a students' UMD record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credit was earned.

Submitting an Evaluation Request - International Transfer Course

International transcripts should be sent to:
University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Building
College Park, MD 20742

Questions regarding the posting of international transfer courses should be directed to Transfer Credit Services at transfercredit@umd.edu.