International records

  1. Does UC need to see applicants' official transcripts from schools they attended outside the United States? Or will the university accept faxed transcripts?
  1. Our high school is on the semester system. A student transferred here from a school on the trimester system. The student completed one year plus one trimester of English there, and then completed three semesters of English at our high school. Once the student completes their senior-year English course, will they have satisfied the area "b" English composition/literature subject requirement?
  1. The family of a student applying to UC is from Korea but has lived in California for the last two years on a visa. May the student apply as a California resident rather than as an international student? Which mailing address should they use — their permanent address in Korea or their California address?
  1. How do I find out if classes taken in another country are approved for UC admission?
  1. Should international students pay to have their transcripts translated?

Does UC need to see applicants' official transcripts from schools they attended outside the United States? Or will the university accept faxed transcripts?

When a UC campus requests transcripts for the purpose of determining admission, a faxed copy will be fine. However, students who are offered admission and plan to enroll must send official academic records/transcripts to the campus they will attend. They should request official academic records/transcripts in sufficient time so that they arrive by the July 1 transcript deadline.

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Our high school is on the semester system. A student transferred here from a school on the trimester system. The student completed one year plus one trimester of English there, and then completed three semesters of English at our high school. Once the student completes their senior-year English course, will they have satisfied the area "b" English composition/literature subject requirement?

This student will not have satisfied the English "b" requirement. Their English courses taken on the trimester system will be counted toward the university's language other than English ("e") requirement, and their language arts courses completed in the student’s native language will be counted toward the English requirement.

However, the year the student changed schools and term systems will not add up to a full year of either subject. They could make up the English subject omission with another English course at your high school or with a UC-transferable, 3-unit English course at the local community college. In this example, a semester-long English course will fulfill the "b" subject requirement.

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The family of a student applying to UC is from Korea but has lived in California for the last two years on a visa. May the student apply as a California resident rather than as an international student? Which mailing address should they use — their permanent address in Korea or their California address?

The student must apply as an international applicant, paying the international applicant fee ($80 per campus), if they have lived in California less than 3 years and do not have permanent US residency. The student must list their Korean address as their permanent address and their California address as their current mailing address.

Residency for purposes of fees is determined by the campus after a student is admitted. For information on establishing residency, please see UC's student residency site

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How do I find out if classes taken in another country are approved for UC admission?

UC does not maintain approved “a-g” course list for secondary schools outside of California.

Officially, the coursework will be evaluated by an international specialist in the admissions office at the campus(es) to which the student applies.

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Should international students pay to have their transcripts translated?

No, secondary school records generally do not need to be translated unless they are in a language that does not use the Roman alphabet. Certified translations are required for college and university records issued in languages other than English.

There are two types of translation: a simple, straight-to-English translation and a translation with an evaluation. UC requires the transcript in English, but students should not pay extra for the evaluation service since UC will not consider it. Translators with knowledge of educational records and terminology include the American Translators Association.

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