International Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Requirements for International Graduate Admission
International graduate students must fulfill the same requirements as all other students applying for graduate admission. In addition, international students must provide the following information: 


  1. Educational Documents: Official transcripts or Statement of Marks must be mailed to the Office of Admissions at St. Thomas University directly from the educational institution(s) attended. The official transcript or Statement of Marks must contain:
    1. Subjects studied
    2. Marks or grades awarded
    3. Length of class periods (optional)
    4. Number of periods per week for each subject (optional)
    5. Grading scale with minimum passing marks


  2. English Translations: Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by the original official English translation.  


  3. Evaluations: A NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) accredited evaluator must evaluate all transcripts from institutions outside the United States. The evaluation agency must indicate that the institution has accreditation equivalent to that of institutions recognized as accredited by the United States Department of Education. However, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an accredited evaluation of a transcript from an English speaking institution during the admissions process, if the accreditation of the institution is in doubt. International applicants can obtain information regarding accredited evaluators by contacting the Office of Admissions. International applicants must request that the evaluator provide the Admissions Committee with a course-by-course evaluation and a grade point average equivalent. Also, applicants must request that the evaluator send the original evaluation directly to the Office of Admissions at St. Thomas University.  


  4. TOEFL/IELTS: International students educated in foreign institutions where the language of instruction is not English are required to submit the results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    Applicants who submit a TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test, or an IELTS score of at least 6 overall will not be required to take any course in English as a second language. Applicants transferring from US or non-US institutions where the language of instruction is English, who have demonstrated proficiency in the English language, are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS.

    Academically qualified applicants unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS or who have a TOEFL score below 213 on the computer-based test or below 79 on the Internet-based test, or an IELTS score below 6 overall may be offered admission on the condition they must take the Level Of English Proficiency (LOEP) pre-test to assess English skills.

    As a result, students may be required to pursue additional coursework in English, if their command of the English language is judged to be insufficient for graduate study. Depending upon the level of proficiency, as determined by the TOEFL, IELTS, or LOEP, international students may be allowed to take a limited number of courses in their degree program, while completing their English coursework. The Admissions Committee and Director of the Academic Enhancement Center will make this determination. Intensive English instruction is offered at St. Thomas University.


  5. GRE, GMAT, and MAT: International students entering a graduate program may be required to take the GRE, GMAT, or MAT. The Admissions Committee will notify students who are required to submit either the GRE, GMAT, or MAT. St. Thomas University’s Institutional Code for score reporting is 5076. If the GRE, GMAT, or MAT is required, the official test results must come directly from the testing organization.


Once all the documents required for admission by the graduate program have been received, the Admissions Committee will begin review of the applicant’s file. An admissions decision will be made usually between two and four weeks, and communicated to the applicant by mail or email.  

Visa Information 

United States Citizen and Immigration Services Requirements
Most international students require a Student Visa (F-1/J-1) to study in the United States. Some international students may already have an immigration status that allows them to pursue studies in the United States without having to fulfill any other special visa requirements. International applicants are solely responsible for obtaining the appropriate information concerning U.S. immigration requirements in order to pursue their studies in the United States. Applicants who need to obtain a student visa (F1/J-1) should allow sufficient time to process their application for admission and acquire their student visa.  

Certification of Eligibility (Form I-20 for F-1 Visa, Form DS-2019 for J-Visa)
International students who are required to have a student visa (F-1/J-1) in order to enter and study in the United States must fulfill the following requirements upon their acceptance to the University:  
  1. Statement of Financial Sponsorship (Form A). The individual or agency that will act as the Financial Sponsor for the student must complete this form. 
  2. Certification or Letter of Finances (Form B). This form must be completed and signed by the student, sponsor, and government representative or sponsoring agency. Students may elect to have their sponsor’s bank forward a certified letter verifying that the funds required are available. (Please contact the Office of Admissions for the minimum amount that must be certified). 
  3. J-1 Exchange Visitor Student Request Form. This form must be completed and signed by the applicant who is requesting to attend St. Thomas University as an exchange student.  

International students who do not require a student visa (F-1/J-1) because they already have a visa in effect that allows them to study in the United States must send a photocopy of the following: 
  • Identification page of their passport 
  • Passport page with corresponding visa 
  • I-94 card  

Procedure for Obtaining a Student Visa (F-1/J-1)
To secure a student visa (F-1/J-1), admitted students must take the following documents to their local U.S. Consulate:       
  • Letter of acceptance from St. Thomas University 
  • I-20 
  • Passport 
  • Financial Guarantee  

It is recommended that international students contact the U.S. Consulate in their country to clarify what documents will be required as evidence of financial support to meet the stipulations for the Financial Guarantee. Please contact the Office of Admissions at the address or telephone number listed below for additional questions on international student admissions.  

Additional Requirement
For purposes of tuition payments, international students must pay 50 percent of the total tuition charges for each semester at the time of registration for classes and the balance no later than eight days after that start of the semester/term.

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