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International Students

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

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

  • Acceptable foreign credentials
  • English language proficiency as described below

Academic Admissibility of Freshman Students Foreign Credentials

Students seeking to gain admission as freshmen must have:

  • Academic performance as described by a certificate, diploma, or other documents generally equivalent to U.S. college preparatory studies
  • Official or certified true copies of all secondary school records, with a certified English translation

(The University reserves the right to require foreign credentials to be evaluated by an approved professional foreign credential evaluation service at the expense of the applicant.)

English Proficiency

Students whose first language is not English and whose language of instruction throughout secondary school was not in English are required to demonstrate English proficiency.

Non-native speakers of English who:

  • Transfer from institutions of higher education outside of the U.S. where English was not the language of instruction
  • Have less than 30 semester hours of college credit

May be exempted from the SAT requirements; however, they must take the following tests with minimum scores as indicated:

Test

Minimum Score

Paper- based TOEFL or

550

Computer-based TOEFL or

213

Internet-based TOEFL

79

AND

 

COMPASS

74 Reading

 

60 Writing

 

37 Algebra

The COMPASS examination is administered on the campus of SPSU.

Academic Admissibility of Transfer Students Foreign Credentials

Students seeking to gain admissions as transfer students must have:

  • Academic performance equivalent to a 2.0 transfer grade point average from all colleges/universities previously undertaken by the student
  • Official or certified true copies of all secondary school records, with a certified English translation is required

(The University reserves the right to require foreign credentials to be evaluated by an approved professional foreign credential evaluation service at the expense of the applicant.)

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.

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