Admission Requirements and Procedures for International Students
International undergraduate students must fulfill the same requirements as all other students applying for undergraduate admission. In addition, international undergraduate 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:
· Subjects studied
· Marks or grades awarded
· Length of class periods (optional)
· Number of periods per week for each subject (optional)
· Grading scale with minimum passing marks
Note: If transcripts or Statement of Marks do not indicate the type of degree and date awarded, certified copies of the diploma or other proof of the awarding of the degree must be presented. Certified copies of transcripts or Statement of Marks from foreign institutions may be submitted, but the University requires that such transcripts or Statement of Marks be sent directly to St. Thomas University from the issuing institution(s).
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. The costs associated with evaluation of transcripts are solely the responsibility of the applicant.
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 197 on the computer-based test, 71 on the Internet-based TOEFL test, or an IELTS score of at least 5.5 will not be required to take any course in English as a second language. Applicants transferring from U.S. or non-U.S. institutions where the language of instruction is English, who have demonstrated proficiency in the English language, are exempt from the TOEFL. Undergraduate applicants whose TOEFL score is from 173-193 on the computer-based test, 61-70 on the Internet-based test, or their equivalents must enroll concurrently for both academic courses and intensive English courses for a total of at least 12 credits. Intensive English Internet-based test or their equivalents must enroll concurrently for both academic courses and intensive English courses for a total of at least 12 credits. Intensive English instruction is offered at St. Thomas University. Academically qualified applicants who are unable to take the TOEFL or who have a score between 157-173 on the computer-based test, 54-61 on the Internet-based test, or their equivalents may be offered admission on the condition that they must take the Level of English Proficiency (LOEP) pre-test to assess English language skills. The student will then be placed in the appropriate ESL course(s). The Admissions Committee and Director of the Academic Enhancement Center will make the final determination. Academically qualified applicants who are unable to take the TOEFL or who have a score between 157-173 on the computer-based test, 54-61 on the Internet-based test, or their equivalents may be offered admission on the condition that they must take the Level Of English Proficiency (LOEP) pre-test to assess English language skills. The student will then be placed in the appropriate ESL course(s). The Admissions Committee and Director of the Academic Enhancement Center will make the final determination.
5. SAT/ACT Scores: The SAT or ACT test scores are not required of international students. However, international students are advised to take the SAT or ACT in order to establish admissibility for applicants where their foreign records alone are not sufficient to make a determination.
Intensive English and TOEFL Preparation
Intensive English instruction is offered at St. Thomas University. The program includes preparation in reading, writing, oral presentation, and listening skills.
Note: Information on test sites and dates for the TOEFL examination can be obtainedfrom the local U.S. Consulate or by writing:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
PO Box 899
Princeton, NJ 08541
Once all the documents required for admission are received, the Office of Admissions will begin review of the applicant’s file.
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, which 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-1 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. For J-1s Only: 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 force 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
Tuition Deposit for International Students
Upon notification of acceptance to the university, prospective students must submit a $100 (US currency) non-refundable tuition deposit fee in order to reserve a seat in the entering class. The deadline for receipt of the deposit is May 1st for all candidates accepted before May 1st for the Fall semester or two weeks from the date of the acceptance letter if admitted to the university after May 1st. Applicants admitted for the Spring semester must submit the non-refundable tuition deposit of $100.00 by the deadline stated on their acceptance letter. Once the tuition deposit has been received, the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Students (I-20) Form will be sent to the student. In addition, in order to register, international students will be required to pay 50 percent of the first semester’s tuition minus any scholarship awards at the time of registration. The remaining balance is due no later than eight days after the start of the semester/term.
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
· Financial Guarantee
It is recommended that international students contact the US Consulate in their country to clarify any additional documentation required as evidence of financial support to meet the stipulations for the Financial Guarantee. Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information on international student admissions.
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