Don't forget to transfer your credits!
Many international students, especially who are not native speakers, may wonder whether it is possible to transfer their former credits to a new university in the U.S. Here, I would like to talk about my personal experience about transferring to the University of Minnesota.
I studied in an international college at China Agriculture University during my first college year. I transferred 18 credits from China to the University of Minnesota and started my sophomore year in 2007. None of my credits for English Courses were admitted. However, after evaluation, most of my credits for major courses were transferred. Since I was studying in an international college, all of my text books were in international version and also, my lecturers were foreigners as well. So, it was easy for me to transfer my credits. When applying for the University of Minnesota, I was required to send all the syllabuses and detailed descriptions of my major courses, so that the relevant departments were able to evaluate them.
When the admission officers were considering how much portion of my former credits could be transferred, they also referred to my transcript. As a result, a high GPA is crucial. Don’t worry if the system of GPA in your country is different form the one in the U.S., (based on 4.0), admission officers would calculate them.
Here is a link to the website of policy for transferring credits to the University of Minnesota: http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/admissioninfo/trans_evaluation.html. Please feel free to ask more questions.