International Students

International Students

Welcome International Students!

We are proud to welcome students from countries all over the world to the University of Saint Joseph. USJ is an excellent choice for your college experience in the United States, and our Office of Admissions is here to help with your first steps.

Learn more about our University, student life and housing on campus, or contact us with any questions!

APPLICATION instructions

Step 1: Please complete the USJ Application or The Common Application.

Step 2: Submit the following supporting documents

    • Official high school transcript*.
    • Official college transcript(s)* (transfer students only).
    • Personal essay of 250+ words (in English).
    • Academic letter of recommendation.
    • Official IELTS or TOEFL score. If English is not primary language overall score of 65 or higher on TOEFL iBT® or band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS (Academic Version).
    • SAT or ACT scores (optional, with the exception of specific programs).

*All transcripts must be translated into English, evaluated, and sent directly to USJ by a NACES member organization.

Once the steps above are complete, you will be notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis.

Step 3: If admitted to USJ, you can accept the offer admission by completing an Enrollment Confirmation Form, and submitting a $500 deposit ($300 for non-residential students).

Step 4: Submit the following additional documentation for an I-20 to be issued

  • A copy of your passport and current visa (if applicable)
  • Official certification of finances with supporting documentation showing a minimum amount of $53,368, funding tuition, living expenses, personal expenses, and textbooks. 
  • Any documentation required for additional, dependent visas 

NOTE: I-20 forms are issued to students afteracceptance for full-time study and verification of sufficient funding. International students will not qualify for an F-1 student visa if they are pursuing an online program. 

Step 5: Apply for an F-1 student visa

  • USJ is permitted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to admit non-immigrant students. Upon admission to a degree program, you will be issued an I-20, which is used to pursue an F-1 student visa through the American Embassy or Consulate in your home country. This visa must be current at all times.
  • For additional information on applying for an F-1 visa, we recommend you visit Study in the States.

Step 6: Please review the USJ immunization and health requirements. All international students are required to maintain health insurance coverage provided by USJ. For more information, visit Heath Services.