Prospective & Transfer Students

Prospective Students

Below is a list of documents that will be required from F-1 students in order to be considered as an applicant. The admissions team may require supplemental materials depending on your personal situation. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or make an appointment with an admissions counselor. We look forward to welcoming you into the transformative academic community here at Sofia. Best of luck!

  • Passport
  • Visa (not required for abroad students)
  • I-94 (not required for abroad students)
  • Current I-20
  • 797A (if any)

Transcript Evaluation

Earn a minimum of a 3.0-grade point average (GPA) or an average of “B” grades. If required, Sofia will convert your international GPA prior to application evaluation. Please note that some majors require higher GPAs than others.

International School Work and Degrees: All international applicants must provide an evaluation from one of our approved transcript verification companies for any educational work:

Mark sheets/transcripts/degree certificates must be sent directly to WES or one of the other approved companies for evaluation. Once completed, the evaluation must be sent directly from the verification  company to Sofia University for review. 

Transfer Students

International Transfer students are students who have completed university credit at another college or university and intend to complete their new degree at Sofia University.

University credits can be transferred to Sofia University from community colleges/universities (in the United States), and universities outside of the United States. If you have started taking university courses in the United States or at a university outside of the United States, you must disclose this to your admissions counselor. In order to make this determination, our admissions counselor requires that we have your entire academic record before completing your admissions process. 

How to transfer to your SEVIS record to Sofia University

Step 1: Reach International Student Advisor or DSO at your current institution

Notify your International Student Advisor at your current school that you intend to transfer to Sofia University. The International Student Advisor will enter a SEVIS release date into your record. On this date, your SEVIS record will automatically transfer to Sofia University. The release date is usually the last day of enrollment at your current school. Please coordinate accordingly with your International Student Advisor/DSO and choose an appropriate date to make these changes.

Step 2: Email DSO at Sofia University: dso@sofia.edu

Please provide the name, direct phone number and email address of your International Student Advisor at your current school. Also, please inform the date in which your SEVIS record will be released to Sofia University. Please remember, Sofia University can only issue an initial I-20 for you once your current school releases your F-1 record to us in SEVIS, and your SEVIS release date has passed.

Step 3:
Upload the following documents in order to obtain a new transfer I-20 from Sofia University:

• Copy of passport identification page (passport should be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to the U.S.)
• Copy of current F-1 Visa
• Official Financial Documents (please read our requirements for financial documents)
• Financial affidavit of support (if applicable)
• Completed Initial I-20 request form

English Proficiency

The University’s language of instruction is English. Students must provide proof of English proficiency. The following methods are approved in order to satisfy this requirement:
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Sofia University requires a score of 70 or better for the Internet-based test. A score of 525 or above is required on the paper-based exam.
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Sofia University looks for a band score of 6.0 or better for the academic module.
• The Duolingo English Test. Sofia University looks for a score of 60 or above. Any score in the 50-59 range can be reviewed by Sofia personnel for an exception. Please see your admissions counselor for details. Duolingo
• Test scores are valid for two years from the date when the tests are taken. If the test score is older than two years, the student will be required to resubmit a valid test score.
• Valid official scores must be sent to Sofia University Office of Admissions. If a TOEFL score is being sent, please note that the Sofia University institution code is 9770. If you are sending an IELTS score, please be sure to select Sofia University from the list of available institutions. If you are taking the Duolingo English test, please ensure that you are selecting Sofia as the institution you would like to send your scores to.

International students may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement under the following circumstances:
• Proof of English proficiency may be waived for a student who has previously earned a bachelor’s degree (or higher), taught entirely in English, from a regionally-accredited university in the United States.
• Proof of English proficiency may be waived for a student who has previously earned a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in an English-speaking country, in which their program was taught entirely in English. Approval is upon review by the Office of Admissions. Additional review may be conducted by the academic authorities of the University as necessary.
• Credential evaluation may be required for transfer credits from any non-United States institution.

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