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International Admission - International Transfer Credit Evaluation

Students who have completed college-level (post-secondary) classes at an institution abroad may contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) to request an international transfer credit evaluation. The evaluation is completed by the Study Abroad Advisor AFTER the student is accepted and matriculated (submitted the Enrollment Confirmation Form) at UMaine.


International Transfer Credit Policies

Transcripts:  Academic transcripts submitted to the Office of International Programs for evaluation must be certified original documents.  Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation.

Course equivalencies:  Students requesting credit for specific UM course equivalencies need to include detailed course descriptions (in English) with their transcript.

Grades:  Students must have earned the equivalent of a grade of C- or better in order for the course to be transferable to UMaine. The grades of the international transfer courses will be listed on the UMaine transcript but not calculated in the cumulative GPA at UMaine.

Credits:  The number of international transfer credits for each course is determined by the equivalency of the credit hours or contact hours between the two institutions.

ENG 101:  The Office of International Programs does not make transfer credit recommendations for ENG 101.  The student must have earned at least a grade of “C” in order to transfer a course from abroad as ENG 101. The OIP works with Prof. Pat Burnes in the English department to obtain approval for this course.

OAC Credit:  UMaine considers Canadian OAC credit to be advanced placement credit.  Students may receive up to 3 credits for each OAC course passed with a grade of 60 or higher.  OAC transfer credit is recorded under the generic “100X” or “200X” designation unless the student provides a course description that clearly matches a course taught at UMaine.

CEGEP Credit:  Credit is not granted for course work taken in the first year at a Canadian CEGEP.  UMaine considers the first year of CEGEP to be the equivalent of the 12th grade in the U.S.A.

English Language Courses: Credit is not awarded for course work in English language instruction.

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 International Transfer Credit Evaluation Process

1. Students transferring to UMaine from an institution outside of the U.S.A. or Canada need to contact a professional credential evaluation service to request a course-by-course evaluation of their academic work.  The results of this evaluation must be sent directly to the Office of International Programs.  See the list of Credential Evaluation Agencies.

2. Students transferring from a Canadian institution may send an official copy of their academic transcript (in English) to the Office of International Programs.  Official transcripts ideally should come directly from the issuing university.  Official transcripts that have been issued to the student are acceptable only if they are submitted to the OIP in their original, sealed envelope.  Faxes and xerox copies of transcripts are not considered to be official documents for the purpose of credit evaluation.

3. After a student has been formally offered admission to the University of Maine and matriculated (submitted the Enrollment Confirmation form), his/her course work will be reviewed and evaluated for transfer credit.  If a student wishes to receive credit for a particular course at UMaine – s/he must submit course descriptions (in English) to the Office of International Programs for review in addition to the transcript.

4. The Office of International Programs seeks approval from the Associate Dean of each college and Department Chairs when establishing course equivalencies.  When the course equivalencies are finalized, the transfer credits are posted in the student’s account in MaineStreet and the annotated transcript is sent electronically to the appropriate UMaine college. The student is notified that the international transfer credit evaluation is completed.

The entire process takes approximately 2-4 weeks to complete from the time a student’s records are in order.

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Credential Evaluation Agencies

The University of Maine requires all transfer students to obtain a professional course-by course evaluation of all university-level work from  a professional credential evaluation service.  This professional evaluation will help guide the University of Maine’s internal review of transfer credit equivalencies.  It is not a guarantee of transfer credit. Two suggested organizations are below:

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470, Phone: (414) 289-3400, Fax: (414) 289-3411, email: eval@ece.org

World Education Services (WES)

P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087, Phone: (212) 966-6311, Fax:  (212) 739-6120, email: info@wes.org

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Transfer Credits Categories

Exact Equivalency: Credit for a specific UMaine course is recommended only when it is clear from the course description provided that the content of the course to be transferred is equivalent to a course taught at UMaine. Transfer credits that appear with a course code and name that can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog are courses that the student has been granted exact credit. For example, if “POS 273 International Relations” appears on the transfer credit report, then a course that the student took at the previous institution covered the same material as this course at UMaine.

Same Subject Elective: Transfer credits for which UMaine has a comparable subject area, but not an exact course equivalent will appear as ”POS 200X Political Science Elective”. This indicates that the subject area was Political Science, the “200″ means that it is a 200-level course, and the “X” designates it as an elective.

General Elective: Transfer credits for which the University of Maine does not offer courses in that specific subject area are listed as “GEL 200X General Elective”.

In some cases students feel that there is an equivalent course at the University of Maine to a credit that has been given a generic credit. If that is the case, the student must take course descriptions for that course to the department that offers the course to have their previous course evaluated. If the course is deemed to be equivalent by the department then the credit can be changed through the Office of International Programs.

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Transfer Course Equivalency Search

The Office of International Programs has posted in MaineStreet the transfer course equivalencies for some institutions abroad.

Note: No login is required to use Transfer Course Equivalencies in MaineStreet.

  • Go to MaineStreet
  • Select Transfer Course Equivalencies
  • Maximize browser window for best display.
  • Select Transfer courses or test credit to the Univ. of Maine System.
  • Select University of Maine at Orono.
  • From the A-Z list, select the first letter of the name of your institution. Please be aware that the names of some universities have been abbreviated.
  • Select your school from the list.
  • Select Show all Subjects or select a subject.
  • Minimize the Menu on left for best display.

Your institution’s courses are listed on the left.  UM’s course equivalent is in the column labeled Target Course.  If the transfer course satisfies one or  more General Education requirements, this information will display in the column to the right.

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International Baccalaureate Credit

The University of Maine grants credit for International Baccalaureate Exams equivalent to courses with a minimum exam score. All exams must be taken at the HIGHER level with a grade of 5, 6, or 7. No credit will be awarded for exams taken at the Standard level.

IB   Exam(Higher Level with 5, 6, or 7) UMaine   equivalency UMaine   Credits UM   general education
Biology BIO   100 4   cr Lab   science
Chemistry CHY 100X 3   cr  
Economics ECO 120 3   cr Social Context
English ENG   101 3   cr  
English   A1 ENG   101 3   cr  
English A: Language & Literature ENG 100X 3   cr Cultural Diversity/Writing Intensive
English A: Literature ENG 100X 3   cr  
Film GEL   100X 3   cr General   elective
History   of Americas HTY   104 3   cr West   Cult Trad/Social Context
History   Europe/Middle East HTY   105 3   cr West   Cult Trad/Social Context
Mathematics MAT 100X 3   cr  
Physics PHY   111 3   cr Lab   science
Spanish   B SPA   204 3   cr Cultural   Diversity
Visual Arts ART 100X 3   cr Artistic & Creative Expressions

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A-Level Examination

With its origin in the United Kingdom, the General Certificate of Education (GCE) is a secondary-level academic qualification that continues to be a popular measure of academic aptitude in other countries. The University of Maine grants credit for GCE A-Level Exams taken only at the Advanced (A-Level). No credit will be given for exams taken at the Advanced Subsidiary level (A/S level).

A-Level  UMaine   equivalency UMaine Credits UM general   education
Biology BIO   100 & BIO 200 8   cr Lab   science
Business   Studies BUA   100X 6   cr  
Chemistry CHY   121, 122, 123 and 124 8   cr  
Classical   Civilization HTY   100X 6   cr  
Economics

ECO 120 + ECO 121

6   cr Social Context
English   Literature ENG   100X 6   cr West   Cult Trad/Artistic
Further   Mathematics MAT   126 & MAT 127 8   cr Math
History HTY   100X 6   cr West   Cult Trad/Social Context
Mathematics MAT   122 & MAT 100X 6   cr Math
Physics PHY   121 & PHY 122 8   cr Lab   science
Psychology PSY   100X 6   cr Social   Context
Sociology SOC   100X 6   cr Social   Context

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International Programs
5727 Estabrooke Hall, Room 240
Orono, ME 04469-5727
Phone: (207) 581-3437 | Fax: (207) 581-2920E-mail: internationaladm@maine.edu
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