International Students

International Transfer

International students who have completed college coursework after completing secondary school, regardless of the amount of credits earned, should apply as a international transfer student.

Minimum Admission Requirements for International Transfer Applicants

English Proficiency Requirement

All international applicants must show proof of English proficiency at the time of application. Please review the different pathways for fulfilling the minimum English proficiency requirement.


Official academic records are required from all previous institutions in your education history. It is the responsibility of all applicant's to supply all required academic records. If you are requesting records from a country or institution where you may have difficulty with timeliness or issuance, please make certain you request your documents allowing enough time for them to be received for your application.

We require the document in the original language when the issuing institution cannot issue in English. If it is issued in a language other than English, we also require an English translation.

All transcripts written in any language other than English must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation in the same format as the originals. To be considered official, the translator must be certified by the American Translators Association ( or corresponding body in the originating country, or should have a Master’s degree in Translation or Interpretation, or be completed by the issuing institution.
The UW Bothell Office of Admissions provides the service of international transcript evaluations. Third-party evaluations will not be accepted.

Course Equivalency Guide

Use the UW Course Equivalency Guide to find out how courses from a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the University of Washington Bothell.
UW Course Equivalency Guide
UW Course Equivalency Guide User Manual

International Post Baccalaureates

Post-baccalaureate is a matriculated status, reserved for students who are working toward a second bachelor’s degree or preparing for entrance to graduate or professional school. Only a small number of applicants are admitted as post-baccalaureates because the University’s primary commitment is to undergraduates who are completing the first bachelor’s degree.

Post baccalaureate students who completed their degree at the UW Bothell or at another regionally accredited U.S. institution are exempt from the English composition requirement. However, the UW Bothell requires that all post-baccalaureate applicants who are not U.S. citizens demonstrate their English language proficiency by presenting a TOEFL or IELTS score.

The application of previous undergraduate-level courses toward graduation requirements will be determined by program faculty and advisors.


To students pursuing a first bachelor's degree, the Office of Admissions awards transfer credit according to the guidelines. Admissions reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at other institutions of higher education.




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