Are you a Transfer Student?

You are a Transfer Student if:
  • You have attended a university or postsecondary institution after graduating from high school (secondary school)
  • You have not received a bachelor's degree (first degree),or
  • You wish to pursue a second bachelor's degree in a different discipline

IU South Bend Transfer Credit Policies and Procedures

If you will transfer to IU South Bend with less than 12 transferrable credits, you must meet the Academic Preparation and Secondary School Graduation requirements listed here, as well as the English Proficiency Language Documentation requirement. You should submit your secondary school transcripts along with your post-secondary transcripts.

Admissions Requirements

If you will transfer to IU South Bend with 12 transferrable credits or more, you must have at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. You are exempt from the English Proficiency Language Documentation requirement only after completing 24 credits at a U.S. educational institution.

Application Checklist

Application Priority Dates

To ensure timely processing, please take note of our priority dates. Although we will accept applications throughout the year, missing the priority date may delay your admission until the following semester.

Applicants are periodically notified by email of their admission status. All required information should be received to guarantee the receipt of required immigration documents. The priority dates for each semester are:

  Fall Semester June 1st
  Spring Semester October 1st
  Summer Sessions I/II April 1st
Some graduate programs have required application deadlines. Be sure to check your specific program for details on application deadlines.

Application Fee

The $60 application fee is required of all applicants and is non-refundable. You may make payment at the time you submit your electronic application by using your credit card. If you have any difficulties with the payment portion of the application process, please contact the Office of International Student Serivces at

 Submitting Official Academic Records and Supporting Documents

Once we have received your application, we will send instructions for establishing an IStart account. You must upload your official academic records through IStart, then you must arrange to submit the original, official documents, including work already completed and work currently in progress, directly to IU South Bend. The records should show a complete list of courses taken, grades received, and any diplomas or certificates earned. Transcripts should also indicate the number of credits awarded for each course or the number of hours of classroom, lecture, and laboratory and include information about the school's grading scale. Once again, you must upload your academic records to IStart first, then the original, official documents must be sent to the Office of International Student Services directly from your secondary school or college.

Click here to view detailed requirements.

If the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.
Click here to view more information about English translations.

Office of International Student Services
1700 Mishawaka Ave.
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111

English Language Proficiency Documentation

Click here to view the list of countries from which IUSB recognizes English as the native language.

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English before you can be admitted to IU South Bend. While TOEFL is the preferred method of documentation, there are many ways to meet this requirement. Please note that transfer students with 24 transferrable credits are exempt from the English Proficiency Language Documentation requirement. All transfer students must sit for the IU South Bend English Language Proficiency Placement Exam unless the equivalent of W-131 English Composition has been successfully completed prior to enrollment.

Click here to read IU South Bend's English proficiency requirements.

Students who have not yet met this requirement may apply for "Conditional Admission." If applying for Conditional Admission, please indicate that you would like to apply for "Conditional Admission." Applicants, who meet the academic requirements, will be issued a conditional acceptance letter. Students will not be fully admitted until the English language proficiency requirement is met.

Statement of Purpose

This statement is not required but it is is considered in awarding the first-year scholarships. The Statement of Purpose must contain 300-500 words. There are no requirements for what you must discuss in your statement; however, the questions below may help you develop content.

  • What undergraduate degree program at IU South Bend do you wish pursue (certificate, associate or bachelor)?
    What academic subject or major to you wish to study in this program?
    What are your objectives for pursuing this degree and major?
  • As of today, what academic achievement(s) are you most proud of?
    Have you done any service, volunteer or extracurricular activities?
  • For students who have completed their secondary education, have you been away from school for more than three months?
    If so, how did you spend the time?
  • Looking at your educational record, have you failed any courses or earned more than one or two poor grades?
    How will you avoid the same mistakes you made that caused your poor performance?
  • Is there anything else in your background that you want to bring to the admission committee's attention as it reviews your application?

Immigration Documentation

Non-U.S. residents: Submit a photocopy of your passport page showing your name and date of birth. If you are currently in the U.S., submit a photocopy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp.

U.S. residents, refugees, or asylees: Your most recently issued U.S. immigration document such as Resident Alien Card or USCIS Approval Notice.

Review restrictions on study for certain visa holders (B-1/B-2, F-1 OPT, F-2, J-1).

Documentation of Financial Support

If you are requesting an I-20 in order to obtain a student visa, you must submit documentation of financial support proving that sufficient funds are available to cover all study and living expenses for the first year of study. Documentation must be less than 12 months old at the start of your study program and may be submitted in the following formats:

  • An original or certified true bank statement or scholarship letter. See the following link for other acceptable financial documents.
  • Privately sponsored students must submit an affidavit of support from the individual named on the financial documents.
  • Government-sponsored students must submit an official letter from the government specifying the terms of the scholarship and addressed to IU South Bend.