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Requirements for Internationals

There are additional requirements for international students, such as language proficiency tests, if you are from a non-english speaking country and more.

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Key Takeaways

    • International students need to review the general academic an athletic requirments
    • There are also requirements for international students, from non-english speaking countries
    • Take your english proficiency test and apply for a visa that best works for you

Requirements for International Students

International students typically have additional requirements when applying to colleges and universities in the United States. In addition to the general requirements for admission, international students may need to provide:

1. Proof of English proficiency: International students from a non-english speaking country may need to take an English proficiency exam, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, to demonstrate their ability to speak, read, write, and understand English.

2. Financial documentation: International students may need to provide proof of funding, such as bank statements or a letter from a sponsor, to show that they have the financial resources to cover tuition, living expenses, and other costs associated with attending college.

3. Passport or other government-issued identification: This is used to verify the student’s identity and citizenship.

4. Visa: International students will need to obtain a student visa in order to study in the United States. The process for obtaining a visa can be complex and time-consuming, so it’s important to start early.

5. Additional transcripts: International students may need to provide transcripts from their secondary schools and any previous college or university studies, translated into English.

It’s important to note that requirements for international students can vary depending on the individual institution, so it’s always a good idea to check with the college or university for their specific requirements.

1) English Proficiency Tests

If English is not your native language you’ll likely have to take a language proficiency test.

  • Check the individual admission requirements of the program you’re applying for.
  • Also check which test is accepted and what score you will have to achieve.
  • The requirements differ between universities and programs. The most common tests are:


Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • Worlds’ most accepted English-language test
  • Find out which institutions accept the TOEFL
  • Results back around 6 days
  • Score is valid for 2 years
  • Fee: $180
  • Test Length: 4 hours

> Go to website and apply

Duolingo English Test

> Go to website and apply


International English Language Testing System

  • IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training
  • IELTS Academic is for higher education
  • Find out which institutions accept the IELTS
  • Find a testing center
  • Results back in 5-7 days
  • Score is valid for 2 years
  • Fee: $215-240
  • Test Length: 2 hours and 45 minutes

> Go to website and apply

2) Types of International Student Visas

International Student Visas

F-1 Visa (Academic Studies, most common visa for international students)

    • Issued to students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program.
    • Must maintain the minimum course load for full-time student status.
    • Allows for part-time, on-campus employment (less than 20 hours a week).
    • Students can work on optional practical training (OPT) for up to one year after completion of their academic program.

J-1 Visa (Practical Training)

    • Issued to students who need to obtain practical training that is not available in their home country to complete their academic program.

M-1 (Non-academic or Vocational Studies)

    • Issued to a student who is going to attend a non-academic or vocational school.
    • M-1 visa holders are not permitted to work during the course of their studies.
    • Must have evidence that sufficient funds are immediately available to pay all tuition and living costs for the entire period of the intended stay.

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