University Registrar

Step-by-Step Guide

International transfer credit guide

  1. 1. Submit an official transcript from each previous institution where you completed coursework. 
    • A final, official transcript must be sent to Ohio State directly from the institution. 
    • Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator, or a teacher of the language. 
    • Transcripts from Chinese institutions must be submitted with a verification report from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC). The report must be mailed directly or securely emailed to Undergraduate Admissions by CHESICC. Any transcript not sent by CHESICC will not be considered. 
    • Submitting fraudulent materials is considered academic misconduct. 
  2. 2. Allow time for processing. 
    • Transcripts are typically processed within 3-5 business days once received. 
  3. 3. Review your Transfer Credit Report. 
    • The Transfer Credit Report explains how undergraduate credits earned at other institutions will be transferred to The Ohio State University. You will be notified by email when your Transfer Credit Report is available. 
  4. 4. Contact the appropriate departmental Transfer Credit Coordinator to evaluate any general credit (example: G000.**). 

Important notes:

Acceptance of transfer credit

  • Institutions must be recognized by their respective Ministry of Education, or other comparable organization in order for the coursework to be considered for transfer credit.
  • Remedial courses are not transferable.
  • Coursework must carry a grade equivalent to C- or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Non-remedial English courses are only transferable if English is that country’s native language.
    • Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (not including French-speaking Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. 

Calculation of credit hours

  • Your previous college credits may not transfer as one to one. If the originating institution’s system of awarding credit is determined to be comparable to Ohio State’s semester hour definition, a one to one ratio will be used. In cases where the educational systems and credit values are not comparable, a ratio will be used to award equivalent credit. In general, one year’s work will be considered equal to approximately 30 semester hours of credit.


Ohio State has established ratios:

  • European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) units: 2 ECTS units = 1 U.S. semester hour
  • United Kingdom Credit Transfer Assurance Scheme (CATS) units: 4 CATS units = 1 U.S. semester hour
  • People’s Republic of China: 1 Chinese credit hour = .667 Ohio State semester hour