Transfer Students from Universities Outside the U.S.
What is needed for the transfer is listed below:
1. TOEFL SCORES: If a student is from a country whose native language is not English, the student must submit acceptable TOEFL scores of 173 for computer or 500 for written-based test or 61 for the online TOEFL. Click here for TOEFL Test Information.
Please Note! All students who have English as a second language must submit a copy of all three of these items:
- Acceptable TOEFL test scores or one of the "Exceptions" listed below, and
- An SCF Admissions Application and
- The $75.00 (USD) Admissions Fee.
[The Online Admissions Application is NOT for International Students who are on some type of visa. Please download the SCF Admissions Application by clicking on the blue underlined words, then mail the completed application to the Educational Records Office along with the $75.00 application fee and the TOEFL test scores.]
If the above three items are not submitted together the application will be returned to the student.
Exceptions to this rule are as follows:
- The student earned a college preparatory American high school diploma or GED in English.
- The student successfully completed secondary education from a school outside the U.S. that
teaches the entire secondary education in English. Students from those countries that
follow the British system need proof of successful completion of their particular testing
- The student successfully completed an Intensive English Program from a U.S. college
or university or from one of the ELS Language Centers at level nine.
- The student successfully completed an associate degree or higher from a U.S. college or university.
2. Students who attended international colleges/universities are required to submit original, course-by-course and document evaluations. The college does not required transcripts. Students should contact the company directly to determine what documents are needed for them to provide the service. Credential Evaluation Company.
If the student wishes to have the college level courses considered for transfer toward their degree at S.C.F., courses
descriptions, including English translations, done by a certified translator, will be required to determine if they will apply to specific programs or are equivalent to S.C.F. courses. Please Note: Only original credential evaluations will be accepted for consideration by the SCF Admissions and Records Office.
[Note: If the student desires to have an original for their own use, the student will need to obtain two original credential evaluations--one original for SCF Admissions and Records; one original for the student.]
3. The student must submit proof of financial support. For in-depth information go to the Financial Requirements Web site.
4. The student must contact the U.S. Embassy in their home country to see what the process is to obtain an F-1 student visa and to find out how much time it will take to process the I-20. U.S. Embassies around the world can take from 5 days up to 4 months to process an I-20; therefore, the student must inform SCF of their embassy's processing time, in order for the appropriate starting date to be entered on the student's I-20.
5. Once all of the above has been submitted, reviewed and approved, only then is the College able to complete the I-20 for the student to take to the U. S. embassy. Please Note! Our government does not permit new initial I-20's to be completed more than 120 days prior to the first day of the term the student plans to attend SCF. If the student has submitted all documents early the Admissions and Records Office will be required to wait until the 120 day limit has been reached.
6. There is a SEVIS fee for all F-1 students.
After the admissions process has been completed and the student has received the SEVIS I-20 packet from the SCF, the student must complete the SEVIS I-901 Form and pay.. The receipt from paying the SEVIS I-901 fee is required for the interview at the U.S. embassy. Please Note: This fee is in addition to the normal interview fees the embassy may charge. (A relative, sponsor or friend from the U.S. may pay this for the student.)
Students are required to go to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website at
SEVIS I-901 FEE to complete form I-901 and pay the I-901 fee. Choose one of these three methods
7. The student must submit proof of Health/Accident Insurance: This site lists Health/Accident Insurance Companies as well as the required Health/Accident Insurance Form. This form must be submitted with the above required documents or submitted upon arrival in the United States. This form should be on file in the International Student Services Office after the I-20 has been issued to the student AND BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS. Failure to do so will prevent any future class registration until the Health/Accident Insurance Form is submitted and approved.
8. Once the student has completed the above requirements, plans for housing can be made. SCF does not have student dormitories and students need to locate their own housing: Our Local Housing page gives suggestions to help locate available housing.
9. The U.S. government permits students to arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start of classes. This time is invaluable to take any placement tests, register for classes, go through New Student Orientation, become familiar with the area, and find housing.