Saint Joseph’s University has a growing international population, and we work with you to make the admission process easy.
If you need an I-20 Student Visa, we’ll send you step-by-step instructions on how to apply for one after you confirm enrollment. Keep in mind that you cannot apply for your visa more than 120 days before your program start date.
Required Materials for International Students
Submit these supplemental materials, plus any optional materials, in time for us to receive them by the application deadline for which you are applying.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, please submit a notarized translation. We will not accept scanned or emailed copies.
- High School Transcripts: Official high school transcripts or copies certified by your high school or EducationUSA Center. Provide any national testing results, diplomas and/or certificates (e.g. GSCE, IGSCE, A Levels, CAPE, WAEC).
- University Transcripts: Submit official community college or university transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Provide course syllabi or descriptions for every university course.
- Credential Evaluation: Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must undergo a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Students attending U.S. schools abroad or international schools following a U.S. curriculum abroad do not need to submit a credential evaluation; other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Transfer Recommendation Form completed by your current or most recent community college or university.
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
Optional Materials: Freshmen and Transfer
- ACT or SAT Scores may be sent directly from the testing agency or self-reported on your application or uploaded to your SJU Admission Account. SAT scores will be super-scored; we'll take your highest composite ACT score.
- Resume uploaded to your SJU Admission Account
You can choose to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Interviews are not required, and you will not be at a disadvantage if you are unable to interview during the application process.
Conditional admission is available for international applicants who may be eligible for admission to Saint Joseph’s University but have not fulfilled the English Language Proficiency requirement.
As an academically bound student, you can apply for conditional admission and take English language coursework at our ELS Language Center on the Saint Joseph’s University campus. You must successfully complete Level 112 to be considered for full admission. Completion of ELS coursework through Level 112 will satisfy Saint Joseph’s University’s proof of English proficiency requirement.
Follow the requirements for International Freshman or International Transfer applicants, above, but submit the following after you complete ELS Level 112.
- Letter of Recommendation: must come from ELS Center Director or advisor
- Proof of English Language Proficiency: ELS Level 112 certificate must be sent from ELS Center Director or advisor.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
You must submit proof of English Language Proficiency if you are:
- A High School Applicant who attended all or part of high school in a country where English is not the official language.
- A Transfer Applicant who attended university in a country where English is not the official language, or you completed less than 24 credits at a university where English is the official language.
Proof of English Language Proficiency can be demonstrated with one of the following tests or successful completion of ELS Level 112.
- TOEFL: 79 iBT with consistent subsection scores
- IELTS: 6.5 with consistent subsection scores
- SAT: 500 evidence-based reading and writing score
- ACT: 19 composite score with consistent subsection scores
We accept self-reported ACT or SAT scores. We do not accept self-reported TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores.
See Conditional Admission, above.