Transfer students


Change is vital for personal growth and that sometimes means changing where you finish your undergraduate studies. Every year IE University welcomes transfer students to join our growing community. It is not difficult to fit in if you decide to transfer to IE University: our diverse and international student body ensures that everyone feels welcome and that they have their own place where they can contribute their unique ideas and thoughts to the community.

IE University is committed to finding a tailored solution to your academic needs, professional aspirations, and personal interests. This is why you will have an educational experience that is as unique as you are! IE University provides an innovative, diverse, and entrepreneurial education through holistic learning. You will be working closely with IE University faculty, staff, and tutors that will work to carry out a detailed assessment of your personal coursework to ensure that you are able to start-off on the right foot and you will be brought up to speed with our innovative learning methods.

The admissions process for transfer students is designed to be quick and easy while also providing you with a personalized and detailed idea of the opportunities that will soon be available to you at IE University.

Are you thinking about transferring?

We know that transferring to another university is a big decision. It’s important to be as informed as possible in order to plan such a change in your life. Luckily, transferring to IE University is easy and straightforward. As with everything we do, we try to be as flexible as possible, while providing you with as much information as we can.

The transfer process

We encourage students to transfer to IE University, as long as they have studied at their initial institution for less than two years. If you’re interested, you must meet either of the requirements detailed below.

Transferring during the first month of university

If you have just started your university journey, and have been studying at another institution for a month or less, you are welcome to apply. All you need to do is contact our admissions department, who will help you through the process as quickly as possible so that you can join right away in your first year. If you have already completed the admissions process, your enrollment will be even faster!

Transferring after up to two years at another university:

Students who have completed one or two academic years at another university are welcome to transfer to us as well. If that’s the case for you, you must complete the credit recognition process as well as the admissions process.


If you have completed a year or two at another university, you will need to go through the credit recognition process to validate previous courses that you’ve taken. These courses will only be eligible if they are similar to courses offered at IE University.

The following documentation is necessary for the Credit Recognition Process:

  • Detailed program or Study plan for the degree you are currently studying
  • Academic transcript with the grades and credit hours from your current university
  • Syllabi for all of the courses taken at the current university (past and present) that you wish to recognize.

In order to recognize any given course, the syllabus must match our corresponding IE course syllabus in at least 80% of its content.

To join us as a transfer student, you must have at least 30 recognized ECTS*. On the contrary, you will be considered a freshman student and you will need to follow the official requirements for first year students.

Please also note that IE University will be able to recognize up to 120 ECTS credits.

*There is a credit recognition fee of €100 per credit

IE University is recognized by the Spanish Government. To be officially enrolled, all students must comply with the requirements established by the Ministry of Education.

The Admissions Department will be available to help you with this process. You must hand in or submit by post the corresponding documents to IE University Admissions – Madrid Campus or Segovia Campus before the 15th of October.

If you have any questions, get in touch with your


In order to make sure that we’re a mutual fit, we require you to take the admissions test when you apply to transfer to IE University. During the test, we will measure your competencies, skills, and personality characteristics, as well as your level of English.


Alternatively, we accept the following globally recognized tests:

New SAT: Minimum 1200. 25th / 75th Percentile: 1270 / 1460

IE University’s identification code “6293”

ACT: Minimum 24

IE University’s identification code “5360”

LNAT: Minimum 22


For more information, visit the Admissions Test website.




All of our programs are taught in English so that you’re set to excel in the professional world. For that reason, we test every candidate’s English communication skills during the admissions process.

It isn’t mandatory to possess a language certificate, especially if you have spent the last two years in an English-speaking country, or if you’ve studied in an Anglophone educational system. That includes attending an American high school, or completing an English International Baccalaureate or A-levels.

Language test guidelines:

TOEFL: minimum 90, 100 points recommended

IELTS: minimum 7 points required

Cambridge: CAE (with marks A, B and in some cases C with a strong level of oral conversation) or CPE

Duolingo English Test: minimum 115 points, 120 or higher recommended

Please note some of our degrees offer a reinforcement program (the Language Proficiency Track) for students who need to improve their English fluency.


What other transfer students are saying?

"I wanted to study in a highly international environment. And that’s why I first started looking into IE University. What really convinced me was all of the opportunities to remain engaged with the whole community outside of the classroom—from clubs to events, to seminars and more. It’s a community that helps you find where your interests lie, and then gives you the tools you need to excel in that area."
Jorge San Román, Spain
Bachelor in Business Administration
"I felt complacent—like I was too stuck in my comfort zone. That’s what motivated me to transfer from my university in Cairo to IE University. I was seeking new adventures—ready to say goodbye to everything that was familiar, to jump into the unknown, and to start a new life. After extensive research, I handpicked IE University because it offered unparalleled diversity and unprecedented opportunities. In a nutshell, IE University is the perfect environment for a multipotentialite like myself to excel."
Orchida Ahmed, Egypt
Bachelor in Design
"So far my first year at IE University has been a great decision for me! I was looking for a University where I could get a higher level of education. I feel that I have grown a lot as a person thanks to the dynamics of the classes whilst meeting great people and making lifelong friendships."
Jimmy Char, Colombia
Bachelor in Business Administration

Why transfer to IE University?


Continue your education while taking advantage of the opportunity to develop a truly unique profile with our more personalized, practical, and diverse programs. Our methodology, combined with our innovative approach to teaching, will help you stand out from the crowd when you move into the professional world.

Our IEU Labs, Advanced Seminars, and system of Concentrations for each undergraduate program are a direct reflection of IE University’s passion for integrating multiple disciplines into one hands-on learning experience. You will leave with a broader academic perspective and a diverse educational background.

IE University Students


Surround yourself with other students, professors, and faculty members who represent more than 130 nationalities by studying at one of our campuses. Our international approach to your undergraduate program and study plan will allow you to become a global citizen and equip you with an international vision that drives success.

By transferring to IE University, you open the door to a wide range of exchange opportunities with our prestigious university partners in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. You will also be offered the possibility to complete an international internship or a placement within a multinational company to further expand your professional profile and prepare you to enter the working world with experience and confidence.


The atmosphere at IE University is unlike any other. We offer a variety of extracurricular activities which adapt to you and your interests. As an IE University student, your hobbies are catered to with our large scope of both cultural and sporting activities—further proven by the number of clubs organized by our students.

In line with our personalized approach to your journey, you will find that our campuses are spacious and communal, making them conducive to networking with other students and meeting new friends—a feature our students highly value. When you join the IE University community, you will be warmly welcomed by a vastly diverse and open-minded group of people.


At IE University, you are encouraged to use your own initiative, combined with our help, to continue developing as an entrepreneur. Launch your own projects or shock and inspire large companies or organizations with your innovative ideas. With support from our Venture Lab and Talent & Careers team, you will carve out your own path to success.

Our support is not limited to our campus walls, but instead, stretches worldwide. Upon transferring to IE University, you will join a community of more than 60,000 alumni across the globe. This alumni network shares the common factor of possessing a degree from a highly prestigious international organization, as well as endless opportunities for personal and professional networking relationships. Once you are part of IE University, you will never stand alone.


At IE University, we understand the financial efforts you and your family have made for you to be able to attend university. As a transfer student, we know that this may also include moving to a new city or even country. We are here to make sure that financial aspects are not an obstacle for you to continue your journey as a brilliant university student with a promising future.

IE University offers a specific financial aid plan for our transfer students. Once you have finished the admissions process, contact our Financial Aid Department ( and they will study your specific case and find the best option for you.

IE University Graduation


If you’re interested in adding a master’s degree to your educational portfolio, you can do so at one of IE University’s internationally recognized graduate schools. Our postgraduate programs have a specific admissions process; however, you will have an advantage as an IE University graduate. This is one of the many benefits of being a part of the IE University community.