International Admission Requirements
We welcome our international students to apply for admission to the University and you will receive assistance from the Office of Student Recruitment and Admissions while you are applying up until you are admitted, but afterwards you will also work closely with the Office of International Programs in helping secure your I-20 and maintaining your visa status.
Transferring from another US College Or University
You should follow the instructions for Transfer Admissions and still apply through the Common Application or the Clark Atlanta University Application as a transfer student. A language test will be unecessary, but you will need at least 12 transferable credits and a cumulative 2.5 GPA at the most recent institution attended. Official transcripts must be submitted from all colleges and universities attended. You will also need to submit a Dean's Certification Form from your previous institution. After you are admitted, Transfer Student Services will work with you to understand how your previous coursework will transfer. The Office of International Programs will give you instructions on how to maintain your visa status.
Applying as a First Year International Student
In order to process foreign language transcripts, you should have your transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or a similar service. If you have not graduated from an English-speaking secondary school you should submit either your preferred English language exam [either TOEFL or IELTS] score in place of the SAT or ACT. The minimum IELTS score is a 4.5 or a 32 to 34 on the TOEFL. A waiver of the TOEFL requirement will be granted if the applicant has earned a diploma from an institution whose curriculum is taught in English. Before final action on an international student application can be completed, the Office of Admissions must receive the following:
- Common Application
- Official high school transcript(s) from each school attended
- Non-refundable $55 application fee
- Official TOEFL score or IELTS score [not required for international students studying a curriculum taught in English]
The Office of International Programs acts as a liaison between non-immigrant visa holders and the University. Through International Programs, international students can receive information on changes in immigration regulations, tax laws, social security requirements affecting non-immigrants, social activities on campus and within the Atlanta community, and notice of upcoming events of interest to the international community.