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Admission Criteria for New International Undergraduate Students

SIUE applicants who hold or require non-immigrant visas are reviewed for appropriate academic requirements, English language proficiency, and adequate financial resources.

Checklist of required items for a undergraduate application (described in detail below):

  • English language verification
  • Official academic transcripts/records
  • Bank statement
  • SIUE Financial Form
  • Copy of Biographical Page from Passport

Please ensure that your application is complete by the application deadline.

English Verification

All international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency by earning a satisfactory score on an approved English language exam. Official test score reports must be sent directly from the Testing Service to SIUE, Office of Admissions. The institutional code for SIUE is 001759. No departmental code is needed. Copies of score reports are not accepted.

Score requirements are:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • 79 or higher on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
  • 550 or higher on the Paper Based Test (PBT)

IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems)

  • overall band score of 6.5 or higher

PTE (Pearson Test of English)

  • [check on equivalent score]


  • pass level pre-1

The exam must be taken within two years before the term for which admission is sought. We can not process applications without an official score report from ETS or IELTS. It can take up to six weeks for score reports to arrive at SIUE, so please plan accordingly so that application deadlines are met.

The examination requirement will be waived under the following circumstances:

  • academic records verifying graduation from a secondary or post-secondary academic institution in the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • academic records certifying that applicant has completed courses equivalent to both English 101 (Composition I) and English 102 (Composition II) (minimum of 6 semester hours) with grades of C or better. These courses must have been earned at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  • take the SIUE-administered Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and meet internal indicators of college entry-level competence in English. The test is administered on campus You must submit an SIUE application and pick up a referral from the Graduate Admissions office before you will be permitted to take the examination.

Academic Records

Applicants must make all appropriate arrangements for providing official academic records attesting to their secondary and post-secondary education. Applicants who have attempted at least 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of college-level transfer credit (either from the U.S. or abroad) are not required to provide secondary school records. Credentials not available in English must be submitted with an original, attested, and professionally prepared English language translation.

If you have in your possession original documents (issued to you upon graduation) you may have them attested and copied by an EducationUSA office. We will accept these verified documents as long as they are submitted in sealed, unopened envelope bearing the name and address of the verifying EducationUSA office. Applicants who are seeking university-level transfer credit for courses completed at an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an accredited service (ex. WES, ECE). SIUE will utilize this evaluation of credit as a guideline and SIUE reserves the right to award appropriate credit.

U.S. and Canadian Credentials

All high school and college transcripts must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the registrar or principal of each school attended. Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. high school within the past five years also must provide ACT or SAT scores, except when 30 semester hours of college-level credit have been attempted since high school graduation. ACT or SAT scores posted on official high school transcripts are recognized as official.

Credentials from other Countries

Secondary and post-secondary transcripts (including certification of graduation when appropriate) must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the registrar or principal for each school attended. Each transcript must bear the official signature and the school’s official seal. Each photocopy of a grade sheet or certificate submitted must bear an original certification of the registrar or principal of the school and/or the examination board stated on the original document. The certification must verify, in English, that the copy is a complete and exact duplicate of the authentic original. Notarized copies of credentials are not considered official.

Financial Verification

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville complies with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations that govern the financial eligibility of international students. Under current regulations, international students must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to support all their living and education expenses for one academic year. Financial requirements are updated annually.

To receive financial approval for admission and a Form I-20 or DS-2019 (the forms necessary to get a student F or J visa), a student must submit a current notarized bank letter indicating in U.S. dollars that the applicant or sponsor has adequate funds immediately available. The student also must complete a Financial Form.

Please note: International applicants who have filed an application for United States Permanent Residency, but have not yet been granted approval, are considered international applicants but are not required to provide financial documentation. International students who are in the United States on H-1 or H-4 visa types and who plan on remaining on that same visa are not required to provide financial verification documents.

Copy of Passport Biographical Information

International applicants must submit a copy of the biographical page of their passport to verify the legal name. If the applicant does not have a passport, a copy of the birth certificate (in English) will be accepted.

Are you graduating from a U.S. high school?

International students graduating from a U.S. high school are not required to submit English verification documents. However, they are required to submit an official ACT score in addition to the other requirements listed on this page.

Mailing Address
Admissions materials should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Box 1047
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

Physical Address for Express Mail Service:

Office of Graduate and International Admissions
70 Hairpin Drive
Rendleman Hall Room 1207
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047
Telephone: (618) 650‑3785

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