International Students

Emmanuel College is home to students from 48 countries and welcomes applicants from around the globe.

At Emmanuel, international students include non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents. While need-based aid is not available to international students, a number of merit scholarships are awarded each year. Learn about advanced standing credit, what we require for international student admission and what we require to start the F-1 visa process below.

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The requirements for international applicants include:

Application Form
You may submit the Common Application online or by mail. If you would like an application mailed to you, please contact the Office of Admissions. There is a $60 application fee to submit a paper application; the fee is waived if you apply online.

Official Secondary School Transcript
Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended, and you must submit your first marking period grades as soon as they become available. Your secondary school administrator may submit your current high school transcript by mail or through the Common Application website. Transcripts not in English must be translated into English by a certified translator. Official, final secondary school transcripts with proof of graduation must be received before enrolling at Emmanuel. Secondary school transcripts must include all courses taken and grades received. National examination results should be included, but will not be considered an official transcript alone.

Official College Transcripts (transfer applicants only)
If you are applying as a transfer student, we require official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, including grades from the most recent semester. All transcripts not in English must be translated into English by a certified translator. In addition, transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must be reviewed by an official credential evaluator. It is highly recommended, but not required, to have transcripts reviewed by an official credential evaluator. Please see the following links for official credential evaluators:

SpanTran - Custom Application for Emmanuel Students
International Education Evaluations
World Education Services

Educational Credential Evaluators
Center for Educational Documentation

Course Descriptions (transfer applicants only)
Transfer applicants must submit catalog descriptions for each of your completed and in-progress courses to receive a transfer credit evaluation.

You may complete an essay with your Common Application. 

Two Letters of Recommendation
Your recommendations should come from your school's college counselor and an academic teacher of your choosing. If your school does not have a college counselor, please request a letter from your advisor or school principal. All recommendations must be written in English or translated into English by a certified translator.

Standardized Test Scores (Optional) 
Applicants for admission are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT and ACT) unless applying for Nursing. If you choose to submit your test results, please have them sent directly from the testing agency or indicated on your official secondary school transcript. The Emmanuel College CEEB code is 3368. Please visit our test-optional information page for more information.

Proof of English Proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must submit an official Test of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a DuoLingo score report. Please note if you have attended high school in the United States from freshman through senior year, or if your high school taught all subjects in English (excepting foreign language), the TOEFL can be waived. The minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based (iBT) is required. The minimum score required on the IELTS is 6.5. The minimum score required on DuoLingo is a 105. A phone interview may be required to verify English proficiency. 

International Declaration of Finances

This form must be completed by all students who are currently living outside the United States and are not U.S. Citizens or living inside the United States or living inside the United States on a  current Visa who intend to be enrolled full-time at Emmanuel College. This form is a required piece of the application. Please email completed form and supporting documents to

Emmanuel codes:
TOEFL code: 9606
CEEB code: 3368

International Student Information Form (for non-U.S. citizens)
Please click on the Visa Information tab for full details.

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) Application Form (for non-U.S. citizens)
Please click on the Visa Information tab for full details.

Interview (recommended)
While not required, an interview with an admissions counselor is recommended to help the Admissions Committee learn more about your background and interest in attending Emmanuel. Interviews are available on campus as well as by phone or Skype.

You may be able to accelerate your academic program at Emmanuel College through advanced standing credit.

Advanced Placement (AP)
AP scores will be evaluated by academic departments, and typically offer college credit equivalent to one full Emmanuel course. If you receive credit for an AP examination, you will be placed at an advanced level in the appropriate academic department. Generally, scores of 4 or 5 are accepted in exchange for credit at Emmanuel.

International Baccalaureate (IB)  
Grades of four, five, six or seven on the IB higher level examinations entitle you to credit for at least one course. Each academic department at Emmanuel will determine the specific amount of credit to be awarded. 

College Credit
The Office of the Registrar assesses coursework taken at other institutions for eligibility for Emmanuel credit. In most cases, Emmanuel awards credit for courses for which you earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. While there is no limit to the number of courses that are accepted to transfer, a minimum of 16 courses or 64 credits must be completed at Emmanuel to earn an Emmanuel College degree.

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) Application Form (for non-U.S. citizens)
At the time of deposit, the I-20 Application Form must be completed by you and your parent/sponsor and submitted with an original bank statement documenting a minimum of $67,517 USD in available funds. The official bank statement must be issued within 12 months of the start date of your program. The U.S. government requires all colleges to verify its students' financial resources prior to issuing an I-20. This process must be completed to obtain or renew an F-1 visa, or to maintain your current F-1 status. Please submit a copy of the identification page of your passport. Non-U.S. citizens are also required to complete the International Student Information Form contained in the I-20 application. Transfer students from a U.S. institution will be required to submit the SEVIS transfer form.

Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions about attending Emmanuel College on another visa. For more information, please visit the links below:

U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide
U.S. Visas

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