International Admissions

Transfer Students

You are considered a transfer student if you have completed coursework during a regular session at a college or university after high school. This page is your online application guide. The steps below explain the application process. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Programs.

Step 1: Apply for Admissions

  • Apply online here or request a Word or Pdf form.
  • You are required to pay the application fee of $40.
  • Candidates with more than 30 hours or transfer credit are encouraged to submit an application as early as possible.

Step 2: Request Official Transcripts

Submit originals or certified copies of all marked sheets, transcripts, diplomas and certificates from high school or other academic institutions.

Official translations must be provided when originals are not in English.

If you are a college or university transfer student who attended university overseas who is requesting transfer credit.  It is the students responsibility to provide the requirements to award transfer credit.

  • First check to see if your institution is recognized in the USA by going to If your institution is listed, we must have the course descriptions or a syllabi for each class to determine if credit can be awarded.
  • What If your institution is not listed on  In that case you will need to have an official evaluation done by WES at   and/or Educational Perspectives at  and/or  Spantran (these are among our preferred providers), but you may also use any NACES approved evaluation firm.
  • Students from nations where it is difficult to receive more than 1 copy may send a copy to Tennessee Tech for initial review.  The US Embassy in your country can attest copies for such documents.

NOTE:  Any undergraduate student (domestic, permanent resident, international or graduate student) who completed coursework abroad as part of a study abroad will not need to follow these steps. 

Review the articulation agreements below:


What if I cannot find course descriptions for my classes or all of the courses are in my first language and I can't get a translation?

In this case, the credits will be posted as elective credit and the grades will be posted based on the grade equivalency or based on the evaluation report.

How do I get credits for my classes?

To receive credit for an equivalent course offered by Tennessee Tech, the course description must be supplied in English to the International Programs Office or the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The department chair of the course’s discipline will review to determine if the course is equivalent.

If a student does not submit their syllabus with their transcripts, the student will not receive any credit. Transcripts must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions Office and to the Office of International Programs for admission purposes. 

Does the Office of International Programs award the credits?

No, the Office of International Programs DOES NOT evaluate transfer credits for incoming student. The evaluation is completed by the Chair or the transfer coordinator of each discipline.  The International Programs office can help in determining the status of an evaluation. 

Official Transcripts: Hand-delivered transcripts, emailed copies or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes.  We cannot award any credit for documents sent unofficially.  


Step 3: Affidavit of Support and Passport

All international applicants are required to submit adequate evidence of financial support to cover the cost of attendance for at least one full year of studies at Tennessee Tech before the Certificate of Acceptance to the university is mailed. 

Students requesting a SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 are required by Federal law to submit financial verification to be issued the documents. The estimated amount required for issuance of the I-20/DS-2019 is equivalent to $37,000 U.S. dollars.  The applicant will take the I-20/DS-2019 and apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa in your country. Be sure to pay the SEVIS fee prior to your visa appointment; go to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's site to pay the $350 SEVIS fee online.

Students already in the USA, who have a student visa, must submit a copy of their bio page in their passport, the current I-20, current I-94 and current visa.

Step 4: Submit Proof English Language Proficiency

Exchange students may submit documentation to their school coordinator to verify proof of English proficiency.

For a list of ESL programs Tennessee Tech accepts please visit our ESL Program Table page.

For a list of Test scores Tennessee Tech accepts please visit our Test Score Table page.


Step 5: Complete Health Forms

Three forms must be completed and submitted to Health Services before a student can register:

Step 6: Submit All Materials

Send all materials and application fee to:

International Programs
Tennessee Tech University
Campus Box 5093
Cookeville, TN 38505 USA
Phone: (931) 372-3634
Fax: (931) 372-3674

Upon being admitted to the university, you will receive a letter congratulating you on your admittance. Your acceptance letter will also contain instructions on the next steps you need to take to become a full-time Tennessee Tech student. You will also need to go to the International Programs website for more information about courses offered, course descriptions, insurance, etc.

If you have any questions, please email us at

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