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International transfer

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for evaluating international transcripts and credentials for acceptance and possible transfer credit.

The international students page provides links to useful information for international students interested in attending the residential campus in the Columbia, Missouri.

Processing time

Processing time for international evaluations may take approximately six to eight weeks to complete as it requires academic research and collaboration with third parties.

Acceptable sources of transfer credit

Only institutions that are recognized by the home country’s Ministry of Education as university-level, degree-granting institutions will be considered for transfer credit.

Columbia College cannot transfer master's or Ph.D. level courses into the undergraduate program.

More information

International transcripts & translations

International transcripts

  • Columbia College requires that all students submit original, official transcripts for evaluation. An evaluation of transfer credits cannot be completed prior to the receipt of original, official transcripts.
  • Education reports completed by evaluation service agencies are not official transcripts and are not used as part of the evaluation process.
  • Education reports can be used as English translations of official transcripts.
  • Transcripts that are delivered to Columbia College by the student must be unopened, and sealed in the original envelope from the transfer institution. Columbia College staff will open the envelope, verify its authenticity, and forward the transcript and envelope(s) to the appropriate office.
  • All transcripts must be housed in sealed, unopened envelopes at the time of submission. 
    • The Office of the Registrar will keep official transcripts and the envelopes on file.
    • Neither transcripts nor envelopes will be returned to students.
  • All transcripts must be translated into English by a translation agency.
    • Transfer credit will not be evaluated without an English translation. 
    • English translations must be provided by a translation agency.
    • English translations that are provided by other students, friends, or family members will not be accepted.

Translation service recommendations

You are not required to use this translation agency. There are many translation services available. 

Translation Cloud

545 8th Ave.
12th floor
New York, NY 10018
United States
Phone +1 (800) 790-3680
Translation Cloud Website

International Education Evaluations, Inc.

7900 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28227
United States
Phone +1 (704) 772-0109
Fax +1 (704) 545-2484
Foreign Transcripts Website


29 E Madison St.
Suite 1005
Chicago, IL 60602
United States
Phone +1 (312) 373-0952
Scholaro Website

International transfer equivalencies

Direct equivalencies

Submit course descriptions to request direct equivalency credit evaluation. General elective credit will be awarded if course descriptions are not provided. All course descriptions must be translated to English by a translation agency. You may submit:

  • Course syllabus
  • Course outline
  • Course description provided by the transfer institution


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