International Students

We are proud to welcome students from countries all over the world to the University of Saint Joseph.


Application Instructions

Step 1

Undergraduate Students: Please complete the Undergraduate USJ Application or The Common Application.

Graduate Students: Please complete the Graduate USJ Application.

Step 2

Undergraduate Students:

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.
  • Proof of English proficiency. If English is not primary language, USJ requires an overall score of 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT®, band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS (Academic Version), 105 on the Duolingo English Test, or an overall score of 53 on the Pearson PTE Academic Language Test. Successful completion of ELS 112 is also accepted.
  • 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.

*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).

Graduate Students:

Submit the following supporting documents:

  • Official transcript(s) evaluated by a NACES member organization. Submit your official NACES member organization’s international transcript evaluation directly to USJ by the evaluator.
  • Proof of English proficiency. If English is not primary language, USJ requires an overall score of 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT®, band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS (Academic Version), 105 on the Duolingo English Test, or an overall score of 53 on the Pearson PTE Academic Language Test. Successful completion of ELS 112 is also accepted.
  • Additional documents as required for your specific graduate program of study. These will be listed in your “online portal,” which is created after you submit the application in Step 1. These requirements often include, but are not limited to, letters of recommendation, essay, resume/CV, etc.

Once all documents are received, the completed file will be submitted to the Program Director for an admission decision. Program Directors will advise Admissions of their decision and candidates will receive an update via email.

Step 3

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 funding for at least one academic year, including tuition and fees, living expenses, personal expenses, and textbooks.
  • Any documentation required for additional, dependent visas

NOTE: I-20 forms are issued to students after acceptance 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 4

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 5

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 Health Services.

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