Towson University enrolls transfer students from more than 100 countries. International students who have attended a post-secondary college or university in their home country or any other country are strongly encouraged to apply to Towson.
We recognize that time, effort and expense are involved in completing course work at the school you previously attended. Therefore, we make every effort to evaluate your course work thoroughly and fairly to determine if transfer credit can be awarded at Towson.
To receive advanced standing or transfer credit for course work completed abroad, applicants must have university-level courses taught at schools approved by the Ministry of Education in that country. Courses must be equal in content and quality to those offered at Towson and must be completed at a level above the minimum passing grade. Applicants may be required to submit course descriptions at any time during the evaluation process. Final evaluations will not be made until applicants have enrolled at Towson.
Transfer credit for course work completed at other post-secondary schools is determined by an official Evaluation of Transfer Credit made by the university. Applicants who accept an offer of admission must also accept the procedure used by the university to evaluate their previous course work. The university may require applicants to obtain a detailed (course-by-course) evaluation of their previous course work from a professional foreign credential evaluation service in the US. Applicants must pay any fees required by such services. The university often refers applicants to World Education Services, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, p: 212-966-6311, f: 212-739-6100, email@example.com.
Limit on Transfer Credits
A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from community colleges or other two-year institutions in the U.S. or abroad, while a maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from a four-year institution or combination of two and four-year institutions in the U.S. or abroad. A student’s final 30 credits must be completed at Towson as an enrolled student.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Process
Towson's Office of International Admissions will send an admission letter to you that will include the estimated number of credits that will transfer to Towson. After you accept the university's offer of admission, you will receive an official Evaluation of Transfer Credit. This evaluation is usually (but not always) preliminary in nature since you may be taking additional courses at the time of admission.
You must send your final transcripts to the Office of International Admissions at the end of your current semester. A final evaluation of transfer credit will be prepared when your final transcripts are received.
1. Submit you application and fee.
Complete the Bachelor’s Degree Application (PDF) for International Students and submit the $30 USD application fee. The application fee may be paid by a check or money order made payable in U.S. dollars to Towson University, or by credit card using the Credit Card Authorization Form (PDF).
2. Know the application deadlines.
The application deadline for transfer students is June 1 for the fall term and December 1 for spring term.
3. Submit your transcripts.
Applicants who have attended post-secondary school (colleges, universities or professional schools) must submit official academic records or mark sheets (with school seal or notarization) from each school attended. If the original language of the records is not English, a certified translation must be attached to the original documents.
4. Document your English proficiency.
- Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a score of at least 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based) or 61 (internet-based). More information can be found on the TOEFL website or by calling +1-609-771-7100.
- Results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a score of at least 5.5.
- Results of an SAT I score of at least 470 on the Critical Reading section. More information can be found online on the College Board website or by calling +1-212-713-8000.
- Grade of C or better in a college-level composition course from an accredited U.S. school or other English-language college program approved by Towson University.
- Completion of Towson University’s English Language Center (Level IV) program. More information can be found online or by calling +1-410-704-2552.
5. Submit Financial Certification (Form C).
Submit official statements of financial resources that guarantee all educational and personal expenses for the first year of study. See the Bachelor’s Degree Application, Form C (PDF).
6. Submit a photo ID.
We require a copy of your passport photo ID that shows your complete legal name.
7. Submit housing application.
Students who would like on-campus housing must submit the International Student Application for Housing (PDF).