Transfer Options for International Students

We can help you get where you want to be! Kirkwood international students have been admitted to top universities, including University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Arizona, Georgetown University, University of California and many others.

Overall, our students have transferred to more than 200 colleges and universities across the U.S., so you really can go anywhere when you start at Kirkwood!

You'll gain the necessary qualifications and credits for admission while at Kirkwood and then transfer as a third-year junior. Although admission can be competitive, many universities offer a transfer pathway whereby students need only follow the steps, get good grades and be guaranteed admission.

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Upon finishing two years at Kirkwood, international students have many options for transfer and are encouraged to get personalized advising at the Kirkwood Advising and Transfer Center.


There are many opportunities for international students to earn transfer scholarships to a four-year college or university. The options below are a sample of what can be available for international transfer students, if the school you'd like to attend isn't listed, contact their admissions office or the Global Learning Office for more information.  


Institution Location Description Scholarships Conditional Admission TOEFL Requirement
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Four-year public research university International Transfer Scholarships UI offers a 2+2 Guaranteed Graduation plan TOEFL required
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, Iowa Four-year Catholic liberal arts university International Scholarships and Grants Guaranteed admission to Kirkwood's international graduates with an associate's degree Accepted but not required
Coe College Cedar Rapids, Io Four-year liberal arts institution Up to $30k per year specifically for Kirkwood grads Minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA and completion of A.A. degree Not required if transferring from Kirkwood
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa Four-year public liberal arts university International Scholar Award up to $6k; $1k Transfer Scholars Awards; $1k Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships N/A Accepted but not required - see TOEFL alternatives
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa Four-year public research university Merit-Based Scholarships up to $8k Conditional admission is offered at Iowa State Required: 71 with at least 17 in speaking and writing
Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa Four-year private Lutheran college See scholarships N/A One test score required; choose from SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or EIKEN
Iowa Wesleyan University Mount Pleasant Iowa Four-year private liberal arts institution Scholarships up to $26,000; free housing and meals included N/A Not required if transferring from Kirkwood
Monmouth College Monmouth, Illiois Four-year private, liberal arts institution Merit-based scholarships up to $25k/year N/A TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT or Duolingo Score required
University of WIsconsin-Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin Four-year polytechnic university International Student Tuition Scholarships up to $6k/year; Foundation scholarships N/A TOEFL or IELTS required, unless grade C or better in course equivalent Composition 1
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa Four-year private, liberal arts institution International Scholarships up to $19,820 N/A TOEFL, IELTS or other options
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska Four-year public research university International Scholarships from $2,000 to $14,500 N/A TOEFL or IELTS
St. Leo University Tampa Bay, Florida Four-year Catholic liberal arts university 50% Tuition Scholarship Completion of Associate's Degree TOEFL minimum score of 45 iBT
University of Missouri-Columbi Columbia, Missouri Four-year public university GPA-based fee waiver from 50-100% 3.0 GPA and 24+ transferable credit hours TOEFL minimum score of 79 iBT


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Phone: 319-398-5579
On campus: 1154 Linn Hall