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Univ. of Delaware - Matriculated Students - Transfer Credit from International/Study Abroad


Complete the steps below if you are:

    • a matriculated UD undergraduate (fr/soph/jr/sr)
    • who would like to transfer credit from non-UD study abroad or an international institution
    • or who has been accepted to participate in a UD exchange program
    • Note: If you are currently an ELI AT/CAP student, an incoming transfer student, or newly admitted student, follow these separate instructions (for coursework from a U.S. institution or an international institution).

Important Information:

  1. The student (not a family member) must complete all transfer credit paperwork.
  2. Complete this process before going abroad, or your courses may not transfer after the program.
  3. Cost for transferring credit = $75 per term, per institution. This is billed after credits post to your record.
  4. If you plan to use federal financial aid for a semester program outside of UD, be sure to enroll full-time. To keep your "full-time status," make sure you will be taking the equivalent of at least 12 UD credits. We also suggest that you make an appointment with Student Financial Services to discuss your plans (302-831-2126).
  5. If you will be away from UD for a full semester, contact your Asst. Dean to complete a Leave of Absence form.

Procedure for Study Outside the U.S.

Click each step below for detailed instructions. Or download all steps on this printable PDF.

Step 1
Complete a web form to confirm if UD accepts transfer credit from this institution
Step 2
Send course descriptions to UD departments
Step 3
Print/complete/sign a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) form
Step 4
Send your TCE form and course approvals to your Asst. Dean for review/signature
Step 5
Review UD policies and deliver your completed paperwork to the Registrar's Office
Step 6
Ask the institution to send an official final transcript to the Registrar’s Office
Step 7
Review what will happen after your transcript arrives at UD

Questions or concerns? Contact the Registrar’s Office at transfercredit@udel.edu. Additional information can be found in the Undergraduate Programs section of the Catalog.


STEP 1 -Complete an online Transfer Institution / Program Approval (TIPA) web form.

  1. Within 2 weeks of receiving your web form, our office will email you to confirm if UD accepts credits from this institution, and how credits would transfer.
  2. Note that we are not endorsing the program, but only confirming if UD will accept transfer credit.
  3. Not all international institutions nor study abroad programs are eligible for transfer.
    • Institutions must be degree-granting and regionally accredited/recognized.
    • Courses must be at the college level and align with UD’s curriculum. Credit must be issued on an official institutional transcript (in English, or with a certified, literal translation).

STEP 2 - Departmental Course Review (this process takes time – don’t wait until the last minute):

  1. Choose the courses you may want to take, and find course descriptions or official syllabi (web link, PDF, printed copy). Course descriptions should include:
    • Course #, title, number of credits (or whatever the school uses to identify the course)
    • A thorough description of topics or areas covered (as many details as possible)
    • If science lab/lectures are separated, provide information for both courses
  2. Email each course to a UD transfer credit department contact (send History courses to the HIST dept., Math courses to MATH, etc.). In your email, include: 1) Your name & UDID 2) Institution 3) Term abroad 4) Course description.
  3. The departmental contact will evaluate the course, determine if there is a UD equivalent, and email you, copying transfercredit@udel.edu. If you have not heard their decision in 1-2 weeks, follow-up with them directly.
  4. Friendly tip: we recommend that you have more courses evaluated than you plan to take. If your first choice classes are full, it is helpful to have prior approval for several alternates.

STEP 3 - Print, complete and sign a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) form.

  1. If requesting transfer cr. from multiple institutions, or in multiple terms, complete a separate TCE form for each.
  2. Enter the external course info on the left-hand side of the form, and the UD equivalents on the right-hand side (these are the courses confirmed by departments in Step 2).
  3. Print and attach all of the departmental emails to your TCE form (your Asst. Dean will need to see these).

STEP 4 - Assistant Dean Review:

  1. Take the following materials to the Assistant Dean of the College of your major for review/signature:
    • Completed/signed TCE form
    • Printed e-mails of department approvals (sent from the department contact)
    • Students who are currently away from campus may complete this process via email. Print/scan a PDF of the departmental approvals, and attach the PDFs when emailing the Assistant Dean. Do NOT forward a copy of departmental emails – we cannot accept forwarded approvals.
  2. If you are going abroad for a full semester, complete a Leave of Absence (LoA) form with your Asst. Dean.
  3. Friendly tip: Meet with your academic advisor to confirm how transfer credits will count toward your degree.

STEP 5 - Review Policy Info & Deliver Final Paperwork:

  1. Return the completed/signed TCE form to the Registrar's Office at 210 S. College Ave. (or the Asst. Dean may send this directly to our office).
  2. If you will be using financial aid, make a copy of your signed TCE to deliver to Student Financial Services.
  3. Credits at UD are based on the semester system, with a standard number of hours required per credit.
  4. Grades at UD are based on a standard 4 point scale (0.0 to 4.0). UD uses our own grade conversion scales (irrespective of suggestions offered by study abroad providers).
  5. Both credit and grade scales may differ at international institutions. We will do our best to confirm this before you participate (so that you know how many credits will transfer, and the min. grade that you need to earn).
  6. Courses must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail). The min. grade accepted for credit is a UD "C" (2.0).
  7. Grades for transfer courses are not part of your UD GPA, and do not appear on your external UD transcript.
  8. If a study abroad provider requires other forms that need UD signatures, or if you need a letter for your visa application:
    • If the form requests UD approval for you to participate in the program, go to the Institute for Global Studies for signature.
    • If the form requests conduct or discipline information, go to the Office of Student Conduct for signature (218 Hullihen Hall).
    • If the form requests approval that UD will accept or transfer credits, go to the Registrar’s Office for signature (210 S. College Ave.).
    • If the form requests approval that courses will count toward your degree/major, go to the Asst. Dean of your College for signature.
    • If you need an official letter attesting to your enrollment and status "in good academic standing," contact your academic advisor or the Asst. Dean of your College.

STEP 6 - Official transcript:

  1. We require an official transcript, issued by the institution (or their U.S. school of record).
  2. Paper transcripts should be sent to this address:
       Registrar - Transfer Credit
       University of Delaware
       210 S. College Avenue
       Newark, DE 19716
  3. Electronic transcripts should be password protected, emailed from the institution directly to transfercredit@udel.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded from the student will not be accepted.
  4. If the original transcript is not in English, also provide a certified literal English translation.
  5. If the institution sends the paper transcript directly to you, do NOT open it. Bring the original sealed envelope to the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts must be in original sealed envelopes.

STEP 7 - Posting Credit:

  1. 1-2 weeks after we receive your official transcript, we will post credits that were approved on your TCE form.
  2. Cost for transferring credit = $75 per term, per institution. This charge posts to your UD student account.
  3. Choose Transfer Credit Report

    Check UDSIS to confirm that credits posted correctly
    (in the white dropdown box "other academic…",
    run the Transfer Credit report).

    If there is an issue, contact transfercredit@udel.edu.
  4. If you took different courses on the program (that were not reviewed/approved on your original TCE), complete an additional TCE form (Steps 2-5) to seek departmental and Asst. Dean approval.