University of Pikeville

International Student Services
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5077


Transferring to UPIKE

If an international student is transferring to the University of Pikeville from another U.S. school It is important to remember:

  • F-1 students may only transfer to another F-1 SEVIS-certified school
  • F-1 students must work with their designated school officials (DSOs) to begin the transfer process if a SEVIS record meets the requirements for a transfer

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester deadline – July 15
  • Spring Semester deadline – November 15
  • Summer application deadline – International Students are not admitted for summer sessions 

When a student begins full-time studies at a new school, the student’s SEVIS record must be transferred to that new school. This allows SEVIS and nonimmigrant students to maintain their original SEVIS ID and history. F-1 students may transfer their studies to another school under either one of two conditions:

1. During an academic program

2. After completing an academic program and before starting a different degree program or level

After being admitted to a new school through the normal admissions process, international students must then request a transfer of their SEVIS record from the previous school to the University of Pikeville. The student must also contact DSO or international advisors at the previous school and new school to make sure you provided the appropriate information required to remain in status.

Eligibility – F-1 Students

An F-1 student is eligible to transfer to the University of Pikeville if he/she is in valid F-1 status at the time of transfer. There can be no more than a five-month gap between schools from the last date of attendance. The deadline for F-1 students to request a transfer is 60 days after the program completion date or Optional Practical Training end date, whichever is later.

Steps to Transfer to University of Pikeville:

Notify DSO at current school that you wish to transfer to UPIKE

Apply online (upload passport to application)

Complete an INCRED or WES evaluation (if evaluation is already completed add UPIKE to your student profile)

Submit the Financial Affidavit form 

Complete an English Proficiency test, any of these tests will suffice (TOEFL, IELTS, DUOLINGO, S.A.T)

Once these steps are completed, the student will be accepted academically to UPIKE then we will start the process of I20 issuance

Submit the Financial Affidavit form 

This provides evidence of your ability to meet financial obligations for tuition, books and living expenses for an academic year.

All incoming international students are required to provide current immunization records per the national guidelines from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association and the World Health Organization.

Complete Transfer- In Form 

Traveling between schools

Transfer students may travel and re-enter the U.S. any time between school programs. However, transfer students must re-enter with their University of Pikeville I-20 and not the previous school’s I-20 form document. F-1 students must have valid visa stamps to re-enter the U.S. Transfer F-1 students can use a valid visa stamp issued for their pre-University of Pikeville as long as the SEVIS ID number remains the same.

Transfer from University of Pikeville

Notify DSO at UPIKE

Present DSO with an Acceptance letter from the school transferring to.

Complete all business with Business office and Financial Aid office

Complete Transfer – Out form