International Student Registration Guide: Transfer Credit

To have transfer credit considered, Truman requires updated official transcripts from your previous college or university and may request course descriptions as well. Likely, these were submitted to the Center for International Students during your application process but it may be necessary to submit your most recent transcripts or certified copies for review.

IMPORTANT: Any official transcripts that were not included in your initial application must arrive at the Center for International Students or the Registrar’s Office in a sealed envelope from your school in order to be considered for credit evaluation. Students who have not yet completed courses that they hope to transfer into Truman will need to provide updated transcripts upon arrival to Truman. If you wish to have credits transfer, make sure to get several copies of your transcripts sent directly to Truman from your school. If you wish to carry additional copies with you, make sure that you get them in a sealed envelope and that you DO NOT open the seal.

  • Truman has already evaluated courses at several universities worldwide for transfer credit. Information about transfer agreements can be found online at
  • International students are encouraged to submit course descriptions and/or syllabi to the Registrar’s Office if they want their courses to transfer as equivalent to Truman courses. Both the course description and the course syllabus are recommended.
  • Official English translations of transcripts must be submitted along with the official transcripts. The Registrar’s Office will not translate transcripts.
  • Coursework taken for the purpose of English language learning will not be accepted for transfer credit. However, other English subject courses (i.e. literature, poetry, creative writing) will be evaluated for possible transfer.
  • Transfer credit will be given only for those courses that are identical or similar to the courses offered at Truman.
  • A large number of transfer credits do not necessarily mean a student will complete a degree in a shorter length of time. Credits may transfer but may or may not meet the requirements for a degree at Truman State University.

Sources of Transfer Credit

  1. Secondary School: On occasion, transfer credit will be awarded for higher level secondary school courses in which the subject content equals the content of a Truman course.
  2. A-Levels: Transfer credit may be given for A-level examinations with a grade of C and above.
  3. International Baccalaureate: Students who complete the IB with a minimum score of 30 will receive a minimum of 30 transfer credits equal to one academic year of study.
  4. Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination: Truman will accept scores of 1-4 on CAPE results for credit.
  5. Colleges and Universities: There is no limit on the number of credits that can be transferred from a university. However, students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours at Truman in order to qualify for a degree at Truman. Of this 45, the last 28 credits must immediately precede the granting of the degree. A minimum of 15 credit hours of required major coursework must be completed at Truman.
  6. Advanced Placement: Advanced Placement credit, or AP credit, is achieved through examinations administered through high schools. In order to obtain credit through an AP examination, a minimum score must be achieved. In order to view a list of AP transferable credit with minimum score requirements, go to