Students petitioning for credit must provide an evaluation of their foreign transcripts completed by an independent transcript evaluation service approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. More information here.

If you are an international student at another school and transferring to CR, you must also complete the International Transfer Form.

You must also submit a transcript evaluation request.

In order to be considered for UNIT credit, the evaluation of the student's transcript, conducted by the independent transcript evaluation service and must include the following:

Section 1: 1. Description of the country's higher education system and the role of the institution in that system.

2. Verification that the institution is approved by the country's approving/accrediting agency (e.g., ministry of education)

3. The hours completed and their semester-unit equivalencies.

4. Grades-the U.S. (i.e., A-F), pass/no pass, or percentage, including the percentage required for a passing grade.

Unless the provisions of Section 2 (below) of this regulation are met, only elective credit will be granted.

In order to be considered for COURSE credit, in addition to the requirements for section 1 of the regulation, the evaluation must include the following for EACH course:

Section 2: 1. Course Description

2. Topics Covered

3. Hours (lecture hours and/or lab hours)

4. Prerequisite(s), if applicable

A maximum of the equivalent of 30 semester units may be accepted for course work at an institution of higher education outside the United States.

Please allow two to four weeks for the evaluation to be completed. You can review results of your transcript evaluation by logging on to your WebAdvisor account. Click on "Program Evaluation" under the Academic Profile section.

Transferring into College of the Redwoods from another school in the United States

In addition to completing the International Student Application, you will need to notify your present school of your intent to transfer. Your school will then release your record to us.

Transferring Credits from your U.S College

How do I transfer my units to College of the Redwoods?
To transfer your units to College of the Redwoods, send an official transcript to the International Student Office. Please attach a note that says, "For Transfer Credit."

Where do I send my transcripts?
Send unopened, official transcripts to:

College of the Redwoods
Transcript Evaluator
7531 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA 95501-9300

If your transcript shows proof of completing U.S. college English, ESL or Math courses, you may not be required to take CR assessment tests. It is sometimes helpful to take the assessment tests since waiting on transcripts to arrive may hold up your registration, OR if you do well on a placement test, you may be able to be placed into a higher level course.

Transferring to another college/university from College of the Redwoods?

You must notify the International Student Office of your intent to transfer by filling out and submitting the appropriate forms. You will then receive instructions to complete the process.

Classes for Students from other schools

If you are an F-1 student from another U.S. college/university and you wish to take classes at College of the Redwoods part-time or over the summer/winter sessions, please contact the International Student Office for more information.

Please see the International Student cycle graphic to learn more about your next steps.

After you submit all forms to CR, it would be wise to begin the application for your nonimmigrant visa (DS 160) as this can take the longest to process. The nonimmigrant visa application requires a $350 fee. Detailed information can be found at

Once you've arrived in the U.S., you must notify your Designated School Official and complete the update form with your new address.

See our 'Next Steps' packet for more information.

We want to help make sure that your time at College of the Redwoods (CR) is successful. It is your responsibility to know and follow the legal requirements that keep you "in status". Your "status" is the immigration category in which you entered the U.S. Most international students are in F-1 status. If you fail to stay in status, you will jeopardize your ability to complete your academic goals in the U.S. and risk having to leave the U.S.

Important Tips Regarding Immigration Regulations

You must:

  • Carry and complete a full course load at CR during the Fall and Spring Semester. Full-time is at least 12 units per semester.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 for each term you are registered at College of the Redwoods and have no violations of the student code of conduct.
  • Apply for an extension of program if you will not complete your degree within the time specified in section 5 of your I-20. Apply for the extension 4-5 months before the I-20 expires.
  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week while school is in session or 40 hours during school breaks or holidays.
  • Not work off-campus unless you have specific authorization from the DSO and SEVIS.
  • Before traveling outside the U.S., have your I-20 signed by the DSO and check to see if the date of your F-1 visa is valid for re-entry.
  • Keep your passport valid for 6 months into the future.
  • Inform the DSO within 10 days if you change your U.S. residence address, your legal name, or your academic major.
  • Enroll in no more than one online class each term.
  • If you plan to transfer to another school, request a "release" to transfer to another school with the DSO before the completion date on your current I-20.
  • Report early departure date and reason if you leave College of the Redwoods before the completion date on your I-20.

You must see the DSO BEFORE you do any of the following:

  • Withdraw from College of the Redwoods (for any reason).
  • Are not registered full-time (for any reason).
  • Drop below 12 units of classes (for any reason).
  • Are not registered for a semester.

You must leave the U.S. within 60 days of completing your studies unless you change to another visa, apply for Optional Practical Training, post-completion (OPT), or enroll in another degree program.

If you fall out of status for some reason (for example not completing at least 12 units in one semester), you must meet with the DSO mmediately. Simply registering full-time the next semester or stopping your unauthorized work does not put you back in status. There are steps you can take to recover your status but the sooner you begin, the better your chances for approval. Recovering your status after having fallen out of status is not guaranteed.

Falling out of status has very serious consequences. You could be prevented from re-entering the U.S. depending on your status violation.

Finding scholarships, applying for work permits, and getting other financial support as an International Student can be very challenging. This is why we require that all International Students show proof of financial sufficiency before they can be accepted to College of the Redwoods.

There are a few scholarship and other resources that may be helpful to International Students, but not all will apply to your situation:

Working with an F-1 Visa

You may be apply to participate in pre-completion OPT after you have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year at a college, university, conservatory, or seminary that has been certified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll F-1 students. 
If you are authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT, you may work part time (20 hours or less per week) while school is in session. You may work full time when school is not in session.
You may apply to participate in post-completion OPT after completing your studies. If you are authorized for post-completion OPT, you may work part time (20 hours or less per week) or full time. If you participated in pre-completion OPT, USCIS will deduct that amount of time from your post-completion OPT authorization period. For example, if you participated in 10 months of pre-completion OPT, you would be eligible for only up to 2 months of post-completion OPT.
More information on how and when to apply:

Falling out of status has very serious consequences. You could be prevented from re-entering the U.S. depending on your status violation.


Katrina Hanson is the Designated School Official (DSO) at College of the Redwoods. The DSO provides comprehensive assistance to students in the Student Exchange Visitor Program.

Phone: (707) 476-4201


Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

If you have any questions or concerns throughout this process, please feel free to contact me. As your Designated School Official (DSO), I am here to support and assist you throughout your academic endeavors at College of the Redwoods!

It is the policy of College of the Redwoods not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its educational programs and its employment practices. Read Full Policy Here

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