This page provides useful information to international students.
Graduate Application - the application to the School of Graduate Studies
Graduate Programs - a list of all programs offered by Southern's Graduate School
Registration - this link will bring you to BannerWeb, where you may look up courses, register,
and view and pay your bills
Tuition & Fees - this link will bring you to the Bursar's webpage for part-time tuition and fees
Graduate Catalog - contains all programs, course descriptions, policies and procedures of Southern's
Immunization - information on health requirements
Housing - Residence Life information
Child Care Services - information on child care reimbursement
International Student Profile Form
ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students are subject to all requirements for admission to the School
Graduate Studies and all program requirements. In addition, to be considered for admission,
each international applicant must submit a completed "Application for Admission
to Graduate Study" form and meet the following requirements:
1. Hold the foreign equivalent of a United States bachelor’s degree from an internationally
recognized institution of higher education with an undergraduate grade point average
of at least “B.” (On various grading scales this would be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
on a 20 point scale, 80.0 from Chinese institutions, 1st Class or Division from Indian
institutions, and upper 2nd Class Honors from British systems. Other grading systems
will be evaluated on receipt of transcripts and certified evaluation of those transcripts.)
2. Present certified copies and certified English translations of all academic achievements
in each college or university attended. A diploma is not sufficient. The complete
record of courses and marks earned and/or record of subjects and examination results
must be received. Documents presented by applicants must detail the award of either
a bachelor’s degree or equivalent or a graduate degree.
3. Provide a certified evaluation of foreign transcripts and credentials (course by
with grades) from World Education Services, Josef Silny & Associates Evaluators, Inc.,
or Global Credential Evaluators, Inc., independent evaluation services recognized
the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Applicants are
responsible for payment of fees charged by these agencies.
4. International applicants must submit an International Student Profile Form for
Graduates, and a current and original bank statement verifying financial resources
available or guaranteed for the first calendar year at Southern. F1 students transferring
from a college or university in the United States must also submit copies of all I-20
issued, copies of their visa, passport and I-94 card and a completed Transfer Form
Transfer Form can be obtained at the International Student Office at SCSU.)
5. Applicants whose native language is not English must present a score of at least
550 written/213 computer/80 or above on Internet based exam on the Test of English
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Each student should request that his or her score be
sent directly to the Southern School of Graduate Studies (Code 3662). TOEFL scores
are valid only for two years from expected date of acceptance. In place of the TOEFL
score or successful completion of ELS 112- English for Academic Purposes. All students
whose native language is not English must take an English proficiency examination
after arrival at Southern.
6. Applicants who wish to begin graduate studies must submit all credentials required
by the International Student Services by April 1 for the fall semester and October
the spring semester.
Applicants transferring from a college or university within the U.S. must submit their
application and International Student Profile Form by July 1 for the fall semester
by November 1 for the spring semester.
7. Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their Permanent Resident card.
8. The Internal Revenue Service requires the university to apply U.S. withholding and
reporting rules consistent with the U.S. tax status of resident and non-resident aliens.
Resident aliens are taxed as U.S. citizens, while non-resident aliens are taxed under
different withholding and reporting rules. Therefore, as part of the application process,
the university requires additional information from international students. Once an
application has been submitted, the School of Graduate Studies will email each international
applicant with a Web site, login, and password to complete the additional
information required by the United States federal government. Please provide a valid
email address on your application. Your application cannot be processed until you
have completed this requirement.
The International Student Adviser’s Office serves as a center
for promoting international friendship and understanding by welcoming and assisting
students from all countries. It deals with questions pertaining to visas, employment,
immigration, and related matters. International students are encouraged to call this
for other information, for answers to questions relating to their studies or everyday
living, or for sociability. They are referred to other academic and personnel offices
necessary. Interaction with American students is greatly encouraged for mutual benefit
and student organizations welcome international members.
International students are required to provide, upon arrival at the campus, passport
and other information to the International Student Adviser.
Aliya Amin, International Student Services
Engleman Hall B 116
Telephone: (203) 392-6821, or (203) 392-6947