Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

International Students

Students whose native language is not English must submit minimum official TOEFL scores of a total of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79 Internet-based to the Graduate Admissions Office. Also, graduates of foreign schools of higher education must be able to document that their degree is equivalent to a four year bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited United States college or university. Note: Southern Polytechnic State University reserves the right to require applicants to send their international educational credentials to an approved SPSU professional evaluation service before being considered for admission.

All international students must purchase medical insurance made available through Southern Polytechnic State University or provide proof of alternate coverage through a comparable policy.

International students applying from outside the United States must submit all admissions documents, including immunization certificates, at least 60 days prior to the above deadlines.

Admission of Students with Non-U.S. Academic Credentials

Students whose secondary education was completed outside of the United States system of education may be considered for admission with:

Acceptable foreign credentials

Graduates of foreign schools of higher education must be able to document that their degree is equivalent of a four year bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited United States college or university. Note: Southern Polytechnic State University reserves the right to require applicants to send their international educational credentials to an approved SPSU professional evaluation service before being considered for admission.

English language proficiency

Students whose native language is not English must submit minimum official TOEFL scores of a total
of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, international applicants needing a student visa (F-1 or J-1) must complete a Financial Affidavit. The Financial Affidavit must show ability to meet the financial obligations of tuition, fees and living expenses before an I-20 or acceptance letter will be issued.

Current (less than one year old) letters of financial support must accompany the Financial Affidavit. Financial Affidavit forms are available in the Admissions Office.

All international students must purchase medical insurance made available through Southern Polytechnic State University or provide proof of alternate coverage through a comparable policy.