California University welcomes applications from students from countries other than the United States. Individuals who desire to study on campus must obtain F-1 non-immigrant status prior to enrollment or possess other legal status that enables them to pursue studies and maintain their status through the entirety of their studies. All international students who apply for graduate studies must meet the same entrance requirements as all other students. For admission, the following documents must be submitted:
- A completed international application and non-refundable $25 application fee. (all international application requests must be sent to Jessica Spence, firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-938-4187)
- In addition to general admission requirements for degree programs, international students for whom English is a second language must submit a certified English translation of all official transcripts from post-secondary schools outside the United States to California University of Pennsylvania's School of Graduate Studies and Research.
- International students must also arrange to have photocopies of their post-secondary diploma(s) submitted to one of the following organizations for a document-by-document evaluation with a GPA calculation and transcript.
World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
*After review of official credentials, departments may subsequently request that the student obtain a course-by-course evaluation.
- Students should contact the organization to request an application (or visit its website to download an application), complete the application listing California University of Pennsylvania School of Graduate Studies and Research as the recipient, and return it to the organization with the required fees and credentials. This transcript evaluation can take up to four weeks to complete after all documents are received. Check with the service(s)for their specific fee structure(s).
- An official copy of a teaching certificate (if application is being made to certain Master of Education programs)
- An official copy of your TOEFL score, sent from the testing center. Xerox copies are not acceptable. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test and 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the Internet-based test (iBT TOEFL) is required for most programs. An official copy of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score; IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.
- Any other necessary forms.
Students holding undergraduate degrees from a Canadian college or university need only submit their official transcripts directly to the Graduate School. If they are similar to the materials from the United States model, they will be evaluated locally. If not, students will be required to comply with the above international student policy.
All international students must provide evidence of sufficient funding for one year of graduate school. The total amount for a full-time student is $25,666 for 2010-2011 ($13,722 for tuition and fees; $10,176 for housing and meals; $1,768 for books and supplies). Additionally, a dependent(s) accompanying the student must be declared, and funding must be sufficient and verified to support each ($6,000 per year for a spouse; $3,000 per year for each child). Costs may be adjusted for a student who provides evidence of a reduced cost for alternative housing/meals arrangements.
Applicants must also provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage in the U.S. Note that the University health insurance plan is not available to graduate students.
Final admission is contingent upon clearance from the education authorities of the home country and from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
A limited amount of financial aid is available to international students, chiefly in the form of graduate assistantships requiring a certain amount of work at the University; but students must be certain of adequate funds for their academic and living expenses before enrolling.
International students must be enrolled for at least one semester before a graduate assistantship may be granted. International students should contact the Dean of the Graduate School regarding graduate assistantships and the financial aid office regarding other financial options.
For more information, contact the Graduate School at 724-938-4187.
Quick Links:International Student Application for Graduate Admission
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