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Transfer to UMD
The first step in transferring to the University of Minnesota Duluth from another U.S. university is to meet with the international student adviser at your current school.
Procedure at Current School
Meet with the International Student Adviser at your current school to discuss your intent to transfer schools and to determine a SEVIS "transfer release date". That date should be the date that you no longer have ties to your current school (i.e., classes, employment).
Ask your International Student Adviser to process a "transfer release" in SEVIS for you to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth. Note: You must be certain that it's the University of Minnesota Duluth to which you want to transfer. If you have admission applications pending at other schools that you may wish to attend, do not request the transfer release until you have made a final decision.
Have your international student adviser complete the Transfer Release Form and fax or mail that form to the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Procedure at the University of Minnesota
On or after the transfer release date and based on receipt of the Transfer Release Form, the University of Minnesota Duluth will be able to access your SEVIS record and prepare a 'Transfer Pending' I-20.
Note: The I-20 cannot be prepared until UMD has received the Transfer Release form and your Financial Certification Statement.
If you are traveling outside the US between attendance at your previous school and UMD you will receive a "Transfer Pending" I-20 to be used for re-entry. Upon your arrival on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth, bring your passport, I-94, previous I-20 form(s) and the I-20 issued by UMD to the International Student Adviser's office (KSC 237).
The transfer process cannot be completed until:
Attention: Students with Assistantship Offers You are not eligible to be employed by the University of Minnesota until the date your transfer is complete. This date will be the date your Continued Attendance I-20 is prepared by ISS. Failure to have the transfer process completed by the beginning date of the assistantship will result in your loss of salary. It will also result in your tuition benefit being prorated based on the number of days you are not paid an assistantship salary; you will be billed for prorated tuition. To avoid this, please do the following:
If your enrollment takes place the day before your assistantship begins or on or after the assistantship start date, ISS will prepare a same-day Continued Attendance I-20 for you if your request is submitted to the F-1 Document Specialist by 12:00 noon Monday through Friday. A Continued Attendance I-20 request submitted after 12:00 noon may result in the I-20 being prepared the following work day; that will cause you to miss an additional day of salary.
Information on how credits transfer to UMD from international institutions is available to admitted or current international students.
To view your UMD Transfer Course Evaluation report:
If you have questions regarding how your credits transferred to UMD, contact Anna Gilmore. Students who have credits from U.S. universities only can meet with an Admissions Counselor to discuss how credits transfer to UMD. Connect with your admissions counselor today!
International students come from many different educational systems and it is not possible, in many cases, to award University credit based only on the transcript and course descriptions. Students who feel that they have completed an equivalent course and would like to receive credit may arrange to take a departmental exam for the course through the Credit by Examination process. Contact your adviser for assistance with next steps!
Your SEVIS record must be released to your new school before they can prepare an I-20 for you.
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