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 the 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 students admitted through Spring 2018 with international transfer courses to be considered for acceptability by UMD are:

Once this initial review is completed, the student will be able to view their international transfer courses on their UMD unofficial transcript via Testudo.

Beginning Fall 2018

All degree-seeking undergraduate applicants for admission to the University of Maryland for Fall 2018 or after are required to submit an official credential evaluation for ALL international post-secondary transcripts from one of the two evaluators:

To ensure all transfer courses the student completed will be posted to the student’s University of Maryland record, a FINAL official transcript in the original-language and a literal (exact) certified English translation must be submitted to the University of Maryland after all coursework has been completed.

On occasion, a student may be required to provide an updated official credential evaluation. This would be in cases (not limited to):

  • when the student earned a bachelor’s degree since the credential evaluation
  • a significant number of coursework was completed that is not listed on the credential evaluation
  • there are discrepancies between the transcripts provided to the credential evaluator and the University of Maryland

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.

Newly admitted students need to continually monitor their unofficial transcript to ensure:

  • ALL transfer courses that have been completed are listed
  • course title for each course listed accurately reflects the course title at the transfer institution
  • grade listed for each course is the grade earned
  • student does not register to take a similar content course at UMD that has not yet been evaluated for acceptability

Transfer Course Notations

Accepted Courses

A course that is deemed acceptable for transfer by UMD will have a notation on the student's unofficial transcript to indicate how the course is accepted. For general education or general elective codes, click here or on the code on the unofficial transcript for additional information.

General elective codes of N1, N2, R1 or R2 are acceptable for transfer, but require further review to determine if the course can be approved as a direct equivalency or general education is needed. General elective codes of L1, L2, G1, G2 or LB are final evaluations and will NOT be reviewed further.

The N1, N2, R1 or R2 notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course.

Some students may have L1 or L2 codes with footnotes NS (needs syllabus) or PE (pending evaluation) instead of the N1, N2, R1 or R2 codes. Please treat L1 w/footnote NS the same as N1, L2 w/footnote of NS the same as N2, L1 w/footnote PE the same as R1, and L2 w/footnote PE the same as R2.

Not Accepted Courses

A course that is deemed NOT acceptable for transfer by UMD will be notated as “No Credit” on next to the course and NO credits will be awarded.

Pending Credit Courses

A course that has NOT yet been evaluated as being Accepted or Not Accepted will be noted as Pending Credit on the student's unofficial transcript. A notation of NE, UR or ST may show on the UMD unofficial transcript. Further evaluation is needed to determine if the course is acceptable for transfer by UMD. Once the further review has been completed, transfer courses will ultimately be deemed:

  • acceptable and will be awarded transfer credit at UMD
  • NOT acceptable and will NOT be awarded transfer credit at UMD

The NE, UR or ST notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course.

Some of you may have transfer courses listed as not accepted with footnotes NS (needs syllabus) or PE (pending evaluation) instead of the codes above. Please treat not accepted w/footnote NS the same as NE, not accepted w/footnote of PE the same as UR, and not accepted w/footnote NS and 44 the same as ST.

Acceptability vs. Applicability of Transfer Courses

A transfer course must be acceptable by UMD before it can be applicable toward satisfying a degree requirement (e.g. general education, specific major requirements, and total credits needed to graduate). A course that is deemed not acceptable for transfer CANNOT be applicable to a degree requirement.

A transfer course may not be applied toward satisfying a student’s general education requirements if the course has not been approved for general education during the evaluation process that determined the acceptability of the course by UMD.

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.

Please note Transfer Credit Services does not provide advising services.

Database of Transfer Course Evaluations

It is important to note that many international transfer courses are NOT listed in the UMD Database of Transfer Course Evaluations. This is due to the courses from the international institutions not having unique course IDs listed on official transcripts and/or syllabi.

The Database of Transfer Course Evaluations includes courses that have already been evaluated for acceptability for transfer by UMD. Make sure to check the database to see if/how the course you completed is listed.

When searching the database for a transfer course, make sure the course ID and title of the course from the transfer institution matches with what is in the database. Please note the database is constantly being updated and is subject to change.

Please review Transfer Credit Database Help to learn how to read the database. 

Transfer courses that have already been evaluated will have a notation of the acceptability (Accepted, Not Accepted or Pending Credit) in the UMD Evaluation Course ID column for each course. The course evaluations are noted as term-sensitive with start and end terms to indicate during what timeframe the course evaluation is valid.

Some of the courses have footnotes that could impact the evaluation by either restricting or expanding how the course is accepted by UMD or applied to a student's major. Hover over the footnote in the database for additional information about the footnote or refer to the list of footnotes.

Transfer courses that are not acceptable by UMD will say “Not Accepted” next to the course and zero credits will be awarded by UMD for the course.

If a course is NOT listed in the database, the course has not been evaluated for acceptability by UMD. It does not mean the course is not accepted for transfer. Students should request the course be evaluated by following the directions below. If a course has an end date and no other entry with a new start date, students should request the course be re-evaluated by following the directions below.

For an example:

If a student took BIOL230 before Summer II of 2008, the student would receive BSCI230 at UMD. If a student took BIOL230 starting or after Fall 2008, the course has not been evaluated and requires a syllabus for evaluation (NS - Need Syllabus).

 

Submission of Final Official Transcript to UMD

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 student's UMD record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credit was earned.

International transcripts should be sent to:
University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
7999 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

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

Transfer Course Evaluation Request

Submitting an Evaluation Request - International Transfer Course