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Transfer Students

If you have attempted at least 24 U.S. college credits or have completed one academic year (two semesters) as a full-time student prior to your solicited entry term at Saint Louis University and after completion of your secondary degree, you should apply as a transfer student.

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Transfer students typically declare a major in an undergraduate degree program that can be completed at SLU-Madrid. Nevertheless, transfer students can also select a major that must be completed at the St. Louis campus.

1. Explore How Your Credits Will Transfer

SLU-Madrid makes every effort to apply all eligible credits from students' previous institutions to their SLU degree. Only courses in which you received a letter grade of "C" or higher will  be considered for transfer credit. If transcripts show a pass as a grade of "C" or higher, SLU will approve transfer credit for these courses; this includes courses taken as pass/fail, so long as the pass is at a "C" or higher.

SLU-Madrid accepts transfer credit for courses for which we have no equivalent. These courses will transfer as elective credit and add to the student's total earned hours, but they will not count toward degree credit. As a general example, if a student has completed 30 hours at another institution, SLU will transfer 30 hours. You should be aware, however, that this credit may not transfer directly into degree requirements. 

Most transfer students are enrolled for at least four semesters to earn their SLU degree; 50% of courses that fulfill major requirements and 75% of courses that apply to minor requirements must be taken at SLU. 

Learn More About SLU's Transfer Credit Policy 

Upon application, you may request an initial transfer credit evaluation, based on transcripts submitted for admission, from your admissions counselor. 

This evaluation is a good faith estimate of how credits earned at other institutions apply towards SLU's degree requirements. An academic advisor, in consultation with faculty, will complete the official transfer credit evaluation once you've paid the confirmation fee. Students who choose not to enroll at SLU due to a discrepancy between the initial evaluation and the final are eligible for full refund of the confirmation fee. 

Resources to Explore Credit Transfer

Option 1: Consult CollegeSource to see what courses have previously been approved. Those that don't appear will be reviewed separately. 

Option 2: See what AP, IB and CLEP scores will receive under "Credit by Exam" on SLU's Credit for Prior Learning page.
Option 3: Use Transferology to see which AP, IB, CLEP and university-level courses have already been transferred to SLU. Sign-up is free. Students not located within the United States may not have access to this page due to Transferology's security restrictions. 

2. Apply

You can apply either through SLU's free online application or the Common Application. The deadlines listed below are for the submission of our online application only.

Deadlines for applicants who require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: Sept. 1

Deadlines for applicants who don't require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1

We encourage you to apply sooner to increase your chances of getting greater financial aid packages and scholarships, and to leave ample time to secure a student visa (if needed). 

For deadline extension requests, contact the Office of Admissions at

3. Submit Your Documents

Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Official transcripts and other academic credentials can be sent by email to Documents may also be sent through secure services such as Parchment or Naviance.

  • Personal Essay: As part of the online application, you will be asked to write a 500-word essay on a topic indicated on the application.
  • Official Academic Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
  • Proof of High School Graduation: You must send a copy of your final high school transcript, diploma or secondary school leaving certificate.
  • English Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers must send proof of university-level academic English in order to be placed into the appropriate course. Please consult our English language requirements page for more information.
  • Additional Items for Consideration:While not required for admission, you may submit the following items for consideration if you feel they serve to strengthen your application:
    • Letters of recommendation
    • CV/Résumé
    • Admission interview

4. Application Review

Your application will be considered complete when the online application and all other required or optional documents have been submitted. The Office of Admissions will review your completed application and notify you about your admission decision by email on a rolling basis.

5. Confirm That You Plan to Attend SLU-Madrid 

Once you pay the confirmation fee, your advisor will start the formal process of ensuring that the coursework you've taken appears on your SLU transcript.

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6. Submit all Transfer Credit Documents

Submit all transfer credit documents (final transcripts, course syllabi, etc.) as soon as possible to

Our academic advising team works with faculty to process your transfer credits. It's important that you get the credit for your hard work. It's also important for us to ensure that your previous academic work has prepared you for academic success at SLU-Madrid.

Academic Advising will require you to submit the following documents:

  • Official final transcripts, with grades for all semesters completed.  
  • Course syllabi of all courses completed in which you received a grade of "C" or higher. You can scan these if you've retained them yourself. If not, contact the institution(s) where you have studied.
  • Writing samples: To earn credit for a college writing course, please submit a copy of a final paper, five pages minimum, that you've written for one of your courses (with or without your professor's grade and comments).
  • Additional information: Faculty and Academic Advising may request additional evidence to identify a course's equivalency, including course assignments, exams, etc.

7.  Register for Your First Semester at SLU-Madrid

Your academic advisor will share with you your official transfer evaluation. If courses are pending, due to a delay receiving your final transcript or to faculty review, we'll do our best to estimate.

Remember, you are eligible for a full refund of your admission deposit if you choose not to attend SLU due to your previous credits not transferring. Your academic advisor will help you develop your academic plan and identify the classes you need to take your first semester.