International Transfer Admissions

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 (freshman) applicant.

Apply Online

Choose to apply through one of our two 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.

Common Application Coalition Application

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, you will need to submit a 10-piece portfolio and design essay with your application. View our 100+ majors and minors here.

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.

Required Application Materials

Use the links below to learn more about the required application materials.

Attending School Outside the U.S.

  • Completed application and non-refundable $100 application fee
  • Official WES Course-by-Course evaluation and transcript(s)
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability

Attending School Inside the U.S.

  • Completed application and non-refundable $100 application fee
  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability

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.

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. 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.

Submit official transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NC State University
121 Peele Hall
10 Watauga Club Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607 USA

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.

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. We will do an official evaluation of your transferable credit once you apply.

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.

TEMPORARY OPTION: DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST (DET)

We will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) to complete applications for Spring and Fall 2021. 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.

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

Options for Meeting Requirements Scores Required for Full Undergraduate Admission Scores Required for Conditional Admission
English Composition I and II from an accredited U.S. College or University Grade of C or higher
TOEFL IBT (code: 5496)
*electronic submission only
**MyBest Scores not considered
80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score) 50 or higher
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test (code: 5496)
*electronic submission only
**MyBest Scores not considered
80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score) 50 or higher
Duolingo English Test (DET) 110 or higher on current scale 85 or higher on current scale
IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator
*electronic submission only
6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score) 5.5 or higher
PTE Academic 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub-score) 45 or higher
NC State Intensive English Program 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):

Spring 2021
Tuition and Fees: $29,220
Living Expenses: $15,393
Health Expenses: $2,847
Total: $47,460

Summer Expenses: Additionally, if you plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer, you will need approximately $5,010 for living expenses. Summer employment, either part-time or full-time, should not be considered a significant means of support.

Fall 2021
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $16,088
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $48,828

Summer Expenses: Additionally, if you plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer, you will need approximately $5,363 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 for each year of the duration of your undergraduate program on your uploaded financial document(s):

Spring 2021
Tuition and Fees: $29,220
Living Expenses: $20,524
Health Expenses: $2,847
Total: $52,591

Fall 2021
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $21,451
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $54,191

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.

wolfPAW

Your wolfPAW account is your applicant portal. You will receive an email with login credentials about two weeks after submitting your application.

You can use your wolfPAW account to:

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

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.