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International Student Admission

Frequenty Asked Questions

Who is considered an international student?

Any student requiring SXU sponsorship for a government issued student visa is considered an international student. Saint Xavier University sponsors students for F-1 visas.

Prospective students who hold legal permanent residency in the United States should refer to our domestic undergraduate admission or domestic graduate admission pages.

Students who are currently in the United States on another visa type (B, H, J, M, R, or other) should contact the international specialist to discuss their educational options.

How do I obtain a visa?

A Form I-20 from the sponsoring school is required in order to apply for an F-1 visa. This document will be issued to admitted students upon receipt of the $100.00 tuition deposit. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State Web site for information about the process for obtaining a visa.

Some current visa holders must request a change of visa status before they can begin classes. You can file USCIS Form I-539 once you have received your Form I-20 from Saint Xavier University. This change of status must be approved before these students can begin classes.

What are the application and admission requirements?

First-time undergraduate students must submit the following:

  • Online application for undergraduate admission.
  • Transcript evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) orWorld Education Services (WES). The evaluation should show the student has achieved the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Official results of the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL). For consideration, applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the Internet based exam, 550 on the paper based exam, or 213 on the computer based exam.
  • A notarized affidavit of support form (PDF) and notarized bank letter showing the student has financial sponsorship in the amount of $29,000. The bank letter must be written in English by the sponsor's bank or must be translated into English.
  • A photocopy or facsimilie of the identification page and expiration page of the student's passport.

Undergraduate students transferring from international institutions must submit the following:

  • Online application for undergraduate admission.
  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For consideration, applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the Internet based exam, 550 on the paper based exam or 213 on the computer based exam.
  • Official transcript evaluation of any undergraduate coursework from colleges/universities attended outside the U.S. Students should request a course-by-course evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators(ECE) or World Education Services (WES).
  • A notarized affidavit of support form (PDF) and notarized bank letter showing the student has financial sponsorship in the amount of $29,000. The bank letter must be written in English by the sponsor's bank or must be translated into English.
  • A photocopy or facsimilie of the identification page and expiration page of the student's passport.

Undergraduate students transferring from other U.S. institutions must submit the following:

  • Online application for undergraduate admission.
  • Official transcripts from all U.S. institutions the student has attended.
  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For consideration, applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the Internet based exam, 550 on the paper based exam, or 213 on the computer based exam.
  • Official transcript evaluation of any undergraduate coursework from colleges/universities attended outside the U.S. Students should request a course-by-course evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators(ECE) or World Education Services (WES).
  • A notarized Affidavit of Support form (PDF) and notarized bank letter showing the student has financial sponsorship in the amount of $29,000. The bank letter must be written in English by the sponsor's bank or must be translated into English.
  • A photocopy or facsimilie of the identification page and expiration page of the student's passport, the student's current F-1 visa, the I-20 form from the student's current institution, and the I-94 form documenting the student's original entry into the country.

Graduate students must submit the following:

Note: Students interested a graduate certificate (non-degree) program cannot currently be sponsored for an F-1 visa.

What scholarship opportunities are available to international students?

Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per academic year are granted to eligible undergraduate students based on academic merit. Scholarship opportunities are limited for graduate students and are discussed with the program director after admission.

What is the application completion deadline?

For most international undergraduate and graduate students, the deadline is May 1 for the fall semester (classes begin in August) and October 1 for the spring semester (classes begin in January). Applications will not be reviewed until all documents have been received. International students who apply after the deadline cannot be considered, as they will not have enough time to receive their visa.

For current F-1 visa holders transferring to Saint Xavier University, the deadline is June 30 for the fall semester (classes begin in August), and November 30 for the spring semester (classes begin in January).

Students interested in certain graduate programs have earlier deadlines.

If a student does not meet admission requirements, can he/she still apply?

If a student has not met the admission requirements for consideration (i.e.: minimum scores for TOEFL, GRE) it is recommended that he/she take steps to meet those requirements before submitting an application. Saint Xavier University does not currently offer English as a second language (ESL) or TOEFL-prep coursework.

Is housing available for international students?

Undergraduate students under the age of 23 are eligible to reside in University housing. SXU is not able to offer housing to graduate students or undergraduate students older than 23.