International Students

International Students

Lourdes extends a warm welcome to students from other countries who are considering application to our institution. Your presence on our campus enriches the experience of every member of our community, and we hope that you, too, will be enriched by continuing your studies here.

We encourage you to read all the information on this site about Lourdes, our campus in Ohio, our busy student life, and our outstanding academics.

International Admission Requirements

As you probably know, applying for admission to colleges in the U.S. can be confusing. Lourdes will work with you to make the process as simple as possible. Please review the list below for specific requirements for international admission.

For first-time international University applicants submit the International Admissions Application in addition to official high school transcript or record in the applicant’s native language as well as an official copy to World Education Services (www.wes.org) for an international Academic Credential evaluation at the expense of the student.
For international University transfer applicants, submit the International Admissions Application in addition to official transcript (s) or record from all colleges or universities attended and high school records in the applicant’s native language as well as ALL international transcripts must then be sent by the student to World Education Services (www.wes.org) for an international Academic Credential evaluation and translation at the expense of the student.

We invite you to apply to Lourdes by submitting the following items (required for all international students):

  1. Proof of English proficiency: Prospective international students must provide proof of their English skills. There are only four conditions for being exempt from taking the TOEFL to demonstrate your English proficiency requirements:
    1. Applicants whose education is from an English secondary or postsecondary institution in the following countries are exempt from the standardized English proficiency testing requirement: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (not Quebec), Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Granada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Northern Mariannas, Papua-New Guinea, St. Christopher Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swazi- land, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
    2. International students who graduate from a secondary school in the United States.
    3. Completion of 24 semester hours of college-level coursework from an accredited college/university in the United States with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
    4. International students already studying in the United States at regionally accredited university and college programs and achieving at the advanced level of English as a Second Language (ESL) certification may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Student must show the achieved ESL certification at or above the advanced level to be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
    5. All International applicants who do not meet one of the above English proficiency criteria must complete the TOEFL with a score of 173+ on the computer version or 500+ on the paper version, or a cumulative score of 61 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test).
  2. Proof of healthcare insurance.

  3. Financial requirements

    1. I-134 Affadavit of Support button Instructions for form I-134 button
    2. A bank statement showing at least an academic year's cost, two (2) semesters of tuition to cover costs for books, food, housing, tuition, and transportation.

  4. Educational background

    1. Students with no post high school courses must submit an official transcript from high school to WES (World Education Services) for academic evaluation.  The WES Evaluation that is sent to Lourdes will serve as the student’s official transcript for admissions purposes.

    2. Students who have attended a college and or university upon completion of high school must submit official transcripts from all prior colleges or universities attended to WES (World Education Services) for academic evaluation.  The WES Evaluation that is sent to Lourdes will serve as the student’s official transcript for admissions purposes.

    3. If you are transferring to Lourdes University from another US Institution, in addition to the previously mentioned forms, you must also submit a SEVIS Transfer Release Form

      If you would like more information about SEVIS or the fees involved consult our SEVIS Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

  5. Completed International Application Form for Admission with a fee of $25 U.S.

    1. A copy of the student’s passport.

A copy of the student’s I-94

Next Step: Getting your Visa

After we receive the above items, we will process your application and an admission decision will be made as soon as possible. Once you have accepted our offer of admission, you will be sent an I-20 form. Because this I-20 form is not a visa, it is imperative that you take this form to the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. They will review your case and grant you a student visa. Once you receive your visa, you can enter the USA 30 days before classes start. Upon arrival you will be issued an I-94 card. This document is important for you to keep.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Admissions.

 


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