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All students from countries other than the United States who do not hold immigrant visas or permanent resident (Resident Alien) status must complete an East Stroudsburg University on-line application for graduate admission. The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recently launched a new website, which is devoted to the promotion of U.S. higher education. It provides information about studying in the United States to prospective students living in other nations, and helps them make the connections they need to be successful in their quest for further education. The site includes links to every Education USA educational advising center around the world.

International applicants should begin the application process several months in advance of the semester they want to enroll. Applications will not be considered until we have received all of the following forms and documents:

  1. Application: Complete an on-line application
  2. Application Fee: The application fee of $50.00 (U.S. Dollars) must be paid by check or money order and payable to "East Stroudsburg University". Do not send cash under any circumstances. This fee cannot be waived and is due at the time the student applies for admission. No action will be taken on the student's application until the admission fee is received.
  3. Undergraduate Transcripts: An official copy of all undergraduate and graduate course work and a credential evaluation equivalence report must be forwarded to ESU .You need to get the evaluation done at World Education Services Inc. (WES). If your transcript is not in English, you must send a certified English translation directly to the graduate college. Do not send high school transcripts.
  4. Financial Documentation: Approved financial documentation that demonstrates you have access to approximately $35,000(U.S.) per year from INCOME sources is mandatory before an I-20 form can be issued. Without this you will not receive an F-1 visa. The Financial Certification form must be accompanied by an income tax form, payroll receipts, or a letter from an employer showing annual salary and a letter outlining expenses and assets. Bank statements may only be used to supplement documentation on earnings. If persons other than the applicant will assist in meeting expenses, documentation from that person must also be included. International students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. The assistantship can be considered as part of the support on your financial certification, but the assistantship is not sufficient proof of financial certification.
  5. TOEFL Scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required for all international students unless your undergraduate degree is from an English language institution. (It must be documented that English is the only language of instruction for the institution.) The required scores on the TOEFL are 560 (paper-format test), 220 (computer-format test) or 83 (internet based test). Those exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores include applicants who were raised in and completed all elementary and high school work in a country in which English is the native language, or those who graduated from a university in an English-speaking country in which all instruction is given in English. All other international applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please have an official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to us. We do not accept photocopies. Our college code is 2650. Please contact TOEFL for more information.
  6. GRE: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a requisite for admission for the following Graduate Programs:

Please contact the respective departments or the Graduate College for more information. Please have an official copy of your GRE scores sent to us if you are applying for the above Graduate Degree Programs. Our college code is 2650.

  1. Deadlines: Each program requires different admissions documentation and has different application deadlines. The deadline for applying for admission to the fall term (September — December) is June 30th and the deadline for the spring term (January — May) is October 31st. Some departments have an earlier deadline.

All documentation including financial certification, proof of medical insurance, official transcripts, TOEFL scores, GRE scores (if required), and letters of recommendation (if required) must be received by ESU by the above dates. Students whose documentation is not received by these deadlines will not be eligible for admission. ESU is authorized to issue the I-20 form that is necessary to secure an F-1 visa, but can only do so when full and accurate financial data has been received.