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International Graduate Student Admissions

It’s a great time to be a Royal at Queens! As a graduate applicant from a country other than the United States, there are a few items that need to be submitted with your application.

1. English Language Requirement

Submit standardized English Proficiency Test Scores.

Students have the option of submitting TOEFL, IELTS, ELS Language Center’s English for Academic Purposes program to meet the testing requirement.

Minimum scores to meet our English proficiency standards are:

  • TOEFL (iBT) – minimum score – 550 (written test), 213 (electronic test), or 79 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS – minimum composite score – 6.5
  • ELS – successful completion of Level 112

2. Course-by-Course Evaluation of Transcript

Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree from an international college or university must submit a course-by-course evaluation of transcript from a certified translating service, such as World Education Services (WES), IEE, or SpanTran, or other members of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

3. Financial Documentation

International students must submit financial documentation indicating the amount of funds available for their education in the United States. Acceptable documents include a copy of a bank account statement, that clearly indicates the account balance and type of currency, or official letter from the bank that is less than six months old.

Documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Accounts not in the student’s name must be accompanied by a signed Affidavit of Support from the account holder.

4. I-20 Issuance for F-1 Student Visas

Full acceptance into the university is required before an I-20 may be issued. International graduate students must be enrolled in at least six credits in order to be eligible for an F-1 student visa.

Only one (1) online course can count towards full-time enrollment per term to meet the F-1 visa requirements. F-1 visas are required for international students attending in-person residencies.

International students should have all documents submitted for their visa by the priority deadlines – August 1, December 1, and April 15.

Contact Us

For more information or assistance, please contact the Pulliam Center for International Education (, 704-337-2533) or visit the International Student Services website.