International Student Admission Requirements: Graduate

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USF has a vibrant community of learners all due to our diverse population of international student community.

The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency. After admission, international students are also required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee.

Degree Requirement

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.

GPA Requirement

You must have maintained a 2.75 on a 4.00 scale grade point average (GPA). If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, your application may still be considered. Please check out each your respective program requirements for specifics.

Step 1: Complete the graduate admission application.

Complete the application for international graduate admission.

Step 2: Have official transcripts sent to International Admissions.

Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university or technical school attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not written in English. Visit USF’s International Transcripts page.

You must have one set of official transcripts from every college and university from which you earned a bachelor’s degree or higher sent to USF. If your school(s) cannot send them directly to USF, you may send them yourself, making sure they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.
  • Photocopies of original academic credentials that have been verified as true copies of the original by a responsible official of the institution attended or by an education representative of the country’s government or embassy. Each page must bear the verifying official’s signature and stamp. U.S. Consulate/Embassy in home country (e.g., U.S. consulate in India) or country-specific embassy/consulate if in the U.S. (e.g., Indian Consulate/Embassy in U.S.).

For more information about sending transcripts, please visit

Note: Any document USF receives becomes property of USF and will not be returned to you.

Note: Photocopies certified by a notary public are not official. Scanned copies are also not accepted in lieu of original official academic documents.

All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by one of the following:

The translation does not take the place of submitting official academic records in the original language. The translation is in addition to the official academic record. Translations may not be completed by the student. Translations certified by a notary public are not acceptable.

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
University of St. Francis
Attention: Admissions
500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL

Step 3: Provide evidence of English language proficiency

University of St. Francis recommends all undergraduate and graduate international applicants to submit a TOEFL, Pearson’s PTE, IELTS, SAT or ACT. If you do not submit a test score, or your scores are below the required proficiency level you will automatically be considered for conditional admission.

Click here for more information regarding proof of English proficiency

Step 4: Submit your official test scores and any additional materials.

Please make sure all additional materials required have been submitted. Even though you have submitted the application online, your application may be considered incomplete until all additional materials are received. Please note, any document USF receives becomes property of USF and will not be returned to you.

Official Test Scores
Your program may require you to have official test scores sent directly to USF. Test scores must be received directly from the agency administering the test. Photocopies and faxes are not considered official.

Additional Materials
Please see below your program of interest and the required support materials.

Step 5: Prepare visa and immigration documentation.

View visa and immigration documentation.

All international students planning to attend USF first need to apply for an I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 student visa. If you are residing in the U.S. on a valid visa, you will need to provide proof of your current visa.

Tracking Your Application Status

We receive a large number of applications and materials during the peak admissions period (November-May). Please allow approximately five (5) business days from the date we receive your academic records to enable us to process these documents. Make sure to check the email address you provided on the application. You can check on the status of your application by emailing

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