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Spring 2017 or
Fall 2017

America's commitment to providing world-class educational opportunities to students from around the world is unwavering. Southern is especially dedicated to bringing talented international students to our campus. Enrolling talented international students makes us a stronger, global campus. The admission process is a collaborative effort between the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of International Education.


International New Student Information

New Student Applicants are students who are in the process of completing secondary/high school or who have never attended a post-secondary college/university.

Application Requirements

The application process for international students is timely. It is highly recommended that you begin five months prior to the start of the semester you wish to attend. Please note that the fall semester begins late-August and the spring semester mid-January. Below is a checklist of application requirements:

  • Online application: This includes a 500 word personal essay and a $50 application fee (payment is made by credit card - American Express, Discover, and Master Card)
  • Document-by-document evaluation of high school record: Evaluation agency must be a member of NACES - List of acceptable evaluation agencies. For questions about the evaluation process, please contact the agency directly. If your transcript is in English, an evaluation is still required to determine diploma equivalency.
  • Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, Certificate of completion from ELS Academic English Level 112, SAT, or ACT

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: The average grade equivalency for incoming new students is a 2.7 on a 4.0 U.S. grading scale or what is equivalent to a letter grade of a B-
  • English proficiency minimum scores: TOEFL - 72 iBT/525 paper; IELTS - 6; Certificate of completion from ELS Academic English Level 112; SAT - 900 (combined critical reading and math only); ACT - composite score of 19

International Transfer Student Information

Transfer student applicants are those who have attended a college/university.

Application Requirements

The application process for international students is timely. It is highly recommended that you begin five months prior to the start of the semester you wish to attend. Please note that the fall semester begins late-August and the spring semester mid-January. Below is a checklist of application requirements:

  • Online application:  The application includes a $50 application fee (payment is made by credit card - American Express, Discover, and Master Card)
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all high school and college/university records: Evaluation agency must be a member of NACES - List of acceptable evaluation agencies. For questions about the evaluation process, please contact the agency directly. If your transcripts are in English, theevaluation is still required to determine degree and grade equivalency.
  • Proof of English proficiency (waived if English is official language of country of origin): TOEFL, IELTS, Certificate of completion from ELS Academic English Level 112, SAT, or ACT

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: The average grade equivalency for incoming transfer students is a 2.0 on a 4.0 U.S. grading scale or what is equivalent to a letter grade of a C
  • English proficiency minimum scores: TOEFL - 72 iBT/525 paper; IELTS - 6; Certificate of completion from ELS Academic English Level 112; SAT: 900 (combined critical reading and math only); ACT: composite score of a 19

Transfer Credits

There is no limitation on how many credits will transfer to SCSU from your prior college/university; however, the following rules do apply:

  • English courses/credits do not transfer.
  • Only courses/credits with an equivalent grade of a U.S. C- or higher will be transferred.
  • We evaluate courses based on the information provided on the course-by-course evaluation. If you have a question regarding the way a course transferred to SCSU, please be prepared to provide a course description from your college/university in English to appeal the evaluation.
  • SCSU has specific course requirements for each degree program. Please review the current online undergraduate catalog for a better understanding of what courses are needed to complete a degree at our university from our website - Catalogs and Schedules

Information for All International Students

Process

  • Submit the Common Application for admission. You will receive a confirmation email from the Admissions office once we have received your application.  This email will include your Admission ID number.
  • Submit all required documents to the Southern Admissions office.  Official documents, including transcript evaluations, are required to complete and process your application file.  To be considered "official", the document must be sent from the institution directly to the Southern Admissions office.
  • Check your Admissions Status online any time after receiving your Admission ID.
  • Allow 2-3 weeks for submitted documents to be processed.
  • Allow 2-3 weeks once application is complete for an admissions decision.
  • A decision e-mail (with Next Step instructions) will be sent to the email address you provided on your admission application.
  • Allow 3-4 weeks for a hard copy of a decision letter (and transfer credit evaluation(s) for transfer students) to arrive to an international address
  • If accepted, e-mail Michael Schindel (schindelm1@southernct.edu) to proceed with the paperwork needed to begin the visa process
  • Once your Visa is approved, follow the instructions in the acceptance letter to proceed with the MySCSU Banner Web “Next Steps”
  • A non-refundable $200 confirmation deposit is required to reserve an enrollment spot at SCSU (first of the online “Next Steps”)

Immigration

Once you have been admitted to the university, you will need to complete and submit additional information to the Office of International Education including, but not limited to the International Student Enrollment Form. Please contact Mr. Michael Schindel at schindelm1@southernct.edu or 203-392-5454.


Questions

If you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, please don't hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.

To learn more about the paperwork required to obtain your visa after you have been accepted, contact Mr. Michael Schindel in the Office of International Education at schindelm1@southernct.edu or 203-392-5454.