How do international students apply for admission to college or
Colleges may have different admission requirements. Contact the school
you wish to attend to learn the application procedures.
You will probably have to submit an international student admission application
form, an application processing fee, proof of financial support, proof of
English proficiency (TOEFL) and official transcripts. As well, any diplomas
or certificates must be sent directly from the college you attended in sealed
envelopes. The package may also include literal English translations, additional
application forms for your department, letters of recommendation, portfolios,
auditions and other tests, such as the GMAT, GRE or MAT.
If you're a graduate student, check with your graduate department for additional
When should I submit my applications and other required documents
Contact your college for application deadlines. Some departments may have
earlier deadlines than others. Be sure to apply at the beginning of the application
cycle, to allow time for processing. Explore
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As an international applicant, when can I expect to know my admission
You should have a decision a few weeks after the college receives all required
documents. Be sure to send official documents to the appropriate campus office
or you may experience delays.
How much should I expect to pay for one year?
Studying in the United States is an expensive investment. Here are the
average annual tuition costs for the 2016-2017 academic year, as reported
by the College Board:
- $3,520 for two-year programs at public community colleges
- $24,930 for four-year programs at public institutions (out-of-state residents)
- $33,480 for four-year programs at private institutions
These numbers represent the cost of studies for one year. They do not include
housing, transportation or other personal expenses. When other expenses are
taken into account, the College Board estimates the following annual costs
- $13,126 for two-year programs at public community colleges (commuter students)
- $35,370 for four-year programs at public institutions (out-of-state students)
- $45,370 for four-year programs at private institutions (commuter students)
Are international students eligible for financial aid? What about
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Scholarships
may be available, depending on the college. If you're interested in a scholarship,
contact your college's financial aid office and your academic department for
information on available scholarships and application deadlines.
Do I need my immunization information?
Some colleges require an immunization record. Other colleges require only
a tuberculosis (TB) test after arriving in the United States. Contact your
school for its specific requirements.
What is the TOEFL requirement?
TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Most colleges require
international students to have a score of 500 (173 online) or better. Some
graduate programs require scores above 500. At other colleges, international
students are admitted with low or no TOEFL scores as long as they enroll in
an ELSC (Internexus) studies program.
What are the admission requirements for international students?
Foreign students include people who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange
visitors or other non-immigrant classifications. Colleges may also require
proof of English proficiency (see information about the TOEFL requirement
above), financial resources and academic performance. Colleges also require
official academic records from foreign institutions before registration for
first term, along with certified English translations if the records aren't
written in English.