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.,
Global Credential Evaluators, Inc., or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., all
of which are independent evaluation services recognized by the National Association
of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Applicants are responsible for payment
of fees charged by these agencies.
4. International applicants must submit a current and original bank statement verifying
financial resources are 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 forms issued, copies of their visa, passport and I-94 card
and a completed Transfer Form (the 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), IELTs of 6.5 or higher, or ELS 112- English for Academic
Purposes. 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.
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 and 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.