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International Transfer Applicants

If you have graduated from secondary school and enrolled at another university or taken college-level courses for credit, you should apply to NC State as a transfer applicant. You will find information below for international students who attend colleges or universities inside and outside of the U.S.

International students who have graduated or will graduate from secondary school (high school) but have not earned credits at a post-secondary institution should apply as a first-year applicant.

How To Apply

Apply Online

Choose to apply through one of our three applications. We do not have a preference which application you choose.

A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required, and application fee waivers are not accepted.

Apply On Time

Review our deadlines prior to submitting the application. Please note that a few programs do not accept applications for spring entry.

If you are currently attending school outside of the U.S., you will receive your decision on a rolling basis, as your application will be reviewed once it has been completed.

Select a Major

You will select one major on the application for consideration in the review process. If admitted, you will begin directly in the major selected.

For studio-based design majors (Architecture, Art & Design, Fashion & Textile Design, Graphic Design and Industrial Design), you will need to submit a 10-piece portfolio and design essay with your application by November 1.

Complete the Essay Prompts

Our transfer class is enriched by the different experiences our applicants bring to the table. We have some short answer questions on the application to help us get to know you better. These responses will be included in your application.

Required Short Answer Questions

  • Explain why you selected the academic program above and why you are interested in studying this program at NC State.
  • NC State University is committed to building a just and inclusive community, one that does not tolerate unjust or inhumane treatment, and that denounces it, clearly and loudly. Please describe what those words mean to you and how you will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive NC State environment.

Additional Application Materials

Applicants attending school outside the U.S. must submit the following materials in addition to the application and $100 application fee in order to complete their application

  • Official WES Course-by-Course evaluation and transcript(s)
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability

Applicants attending school in the U.S. must submit the following materials in addition to the application and $100 application fee in order to complete their application:

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability
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Academic Achievement

Your academic achievement is the best indicator of your future success at NC State. You must be eligible to return to each institution you have previously attended, and if you attempted coursework through NC State’s Non-Degree Studies Program (NDS) you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be considered for admission.

Secondary School Transcripts

If you have not completed at least one year of study at a college or university, official secondary transcripts are required. Official secondary school transcripts are required to be sent to our office to complete your application. Learn more about submitting official transcripts here.

  • To be considered official, documents must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope.
  • Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by English translation. Translations must be done by the issuing institution, Ministry of Education or a certified translator.

Attending a College or University Outside the U.S.

Course-by-Course Evaluation

All transfer applicants who have completed college coursework outside of the U.S. will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by World Education Services (WES) and then submitted to our office. WES will verify institutional accreditation status and complete a course-by-course evaluation containing the following information:

  • A description of credentials including name, year awarded, institution name and major of study
  • U.S. equivalent for each credential and all post-secondary subjects with their corresponding value expressed in U.S. semester credit and grade equivalents
  • Verified records included in evaluation report

We are unable to determine how many of your credits will transfer to NC State before you apply. If you are admitted and choose to enroll, your academic department will then determine how many of your non-U.S. university credits will transfer toward your degree.

Attending a College or University in the U.S.

If you have completed secondary school and are now enrolled and taking college credits at a U.S. institution, you should review our recommendations for competitive transfer applicants for specific coursework and recommended GPA for your intended major. We require official transcripts from all institutions where you have taken or completed college coursework. Learn more about submitting official transcripts here.

For college courses completed in the U.S., search our transfer course credit database to help you select courses that will transfer or to get an idea of how many credits you will bring with you to NC State. An official evaluation of your transferable credit will be provided to admitted students.

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants must meet English proficiency test requirements as listed in the following table unless you are a national from one of the countries listed below.

  • Official TOEFL, IELTS Academic, Duolingo English Test and PTE Academic test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  • If you meet the competitive academic requirements for undergraduate admission but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements, you may be considered for conditional admission through the NC State Intensive English Program.
    • This program allows you to improve your English skills before starting a degree program.

NOT REQUIRED if you are a national of one of these countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional Information

If you plan on taking the Duolingo English Test (DET) or the IELTS Academic/ IELTS Indicator test, please review the below information to learn more about score submission.

We will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) to complete applications for Spring and Fall 2022. A minimum score of 110 on the current DET scale (or 60 on the DET scoring scale prior to July 15, 2019) is necessary for full admission to NC State. To be considered for conditional admission, a minimum score of 85 on the current DET scale (or 28 on the DET scoring scale prior to July 15, 2019) is required. Test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the testing agency.

  • We only accept official scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center via the e-delivery service.
  • We do not accept paper score reports.
  • When you take the test, you must specific North Carolina State University Undergraduate Admissions as a score recipient.

Enter the below address in the IELTS system:

North Carolina State University
Undergraduate Admissions
CB7103
121 Peele Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695

Options for Meeting English Proficiency Requirements

Use the tools below to view the test scores required for full and conditional admission.

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • Grade of a C or higher
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 50 or higher

MyBest Scores not considered

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for condition admission:
    • 50 or higher

MyBest Scores not considered

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 9.0 or higher (minimum of 8.0 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 6.0 or higher

MyBest Scores not considered

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 110 or higher on current scale
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 85 or higher on current scale
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 5.5 or higher
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 45 or higher
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • Completion of Level 6 with a grade of B or higher and meet all other exit criteria

Proof of Financial Ability

If you are seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa to study in the U.S., you must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to meet estimated expenses below.

After submitting the application, you will complete the Certificate of Financial Responsibility through your wolfPAW account and upload a a bank statement issued within the last six months.

International applicants are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid.

Estimated School Expenses

You must show proof of the following estimated costs on your uploaded financial document(s):

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Spring 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $16,088
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $48,828

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Fall 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,895
Living Expenses: $16,571
Health Expenses: $2,776
Total: $50,242

Summer Expenses:

Additionally, if you plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer, you will need approximately $5,524 for living expenses. Summer employment, either part-time or full-time, should not be considered a significant means of support.

Health Insurance Expenses:

All students will be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan administered by Student Blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at the cost listed above (subject to increase).

You must show proof of the following estimated costs on your uploaded financial document(s):

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Spring 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $21,451
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $54,191

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Fall 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,895
Living Expenses: $22,095
Health Expenses: $2,776
Total: $55,766

Health Insurance Expenses

All students will be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan administered by Student Blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at the cost listed above (subject to increase). Student Blue insurance may be waived with proof of other health insurance upon admission.

After You Apply

Check Your Email

Two weeks after you submit your application to NC State, you will receive an email with credentials to log in to wolfPAW, your applicant portal.

You can use your wolfPAW account to:

  • View application checklist and missing items
  • Upload additional documents such as your passport, or complete the digital Certificate of Financial Responsibility form
  • View your admission decision

We encourage you to check your email often, as we may email you about additional missing items needed to complete your application.

Once you submit materials and they are received, they will have a green check beside them. Your patience is appreciated as it typically takes 2-3 weeks once materials have been received to be processed and reflected in your wolfPAW account.

View Your Decision

International applicants outside the U.S. will receive their decisions on a rolling basis, meaning your decision will be released after your application has been completed and reviewed by our office.

When your decision is ready for you to view, you will receive an email prompting you to check your wolfPAW account.

Types of Decisions

  • Admit 
    • Full Admission: Some students who are academically competitive and have met the English language proficiency requirements will be offered full admission directly into a degree program. View our admitted student page to learn about next steps for joining the Wolfpack family. Applicants must pay a $300 non-refundable enrollment deposit to confirm their enrollment.
    • Conditional Admission: Students who are academically competitive but do not meet the English language proficiency requirements will be considered for conditional admission through NC State’s Intensive English Program (IEP). Applicants must pay a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit to confirm their enrollment. View the enrollment checklist to get started.
  • Pending Current Grades – Applicants for fall admission may be requested to submit their current grades during the spring term to help us make a final decision.
  • Waitlist – We are unable to admit all qualified students into our class. Some applicants are placed on the waitlist who we believe would be successful at NC State if space is available.
  • Deny – Unfortunately, some students will not be considered competitive for transfer admission at this time. We encourage denied applicants to review our recommendations for competitive applicants or contact our office to discuss future options.