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SIUE applicants who hold or require non-immigrant visas are reviewed for appropriate academic requirements, English language proficiency, and adequate financial resources. Admission to the SIUE Graduate School requires that an applicant hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Items required for a graduate application (described in detail below):

Please make sure your application is complete by the application deadline.

Application Fee

A $40 application fee will be assessed to students applying for graduate admission. There are three ways to pay your application fee:

Credit Card — You may pay by Visa or MasterCard. A convenience fee of $1.10 is added for this service.

Wire Transfer — You may wire $40 to SIUE through your bank or debit card.

Check — Mail a $40 check (or demand draft) one of the addresses listed below. Checks should be made payable to SIUE. Please include last name, first name, date of birth and application number, if available.

English Verification

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Verification of English Proficiency
In concordance with the SIUE’s Admission Policy and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) recommendations, students with a high school diploma or university/college degree from the following countries may qualify for waiver of the English language proficiency requirement.

United Kingdom









New Zealand


Saint Kitts and Nevis

English Speaking Canada

Saint Lucia

Trinidad and Tobago

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

If you do not have academic credentials from any of the countries listed above, you will need to satisfy the English Language Proficiency required for admission via a Standardized Test or your Academic Record.

Verification of English Proficiency - Standardized Test

All international applicants are required to take one of the following standardized tests below in order to demonstrate English proficiency. Official test score reports must be sent directly from the Testing Service (ETS/IELTS) to SIUE, Office of Admissions. The institutional code for SIUE is 001759. No departmental code is needed. Copies of score reports are not accepted.

Undergraduate and Graduate Undergraduate Only
Examination Score Examination Score
International English Language Testing Systems - (IELTS) 6.5 ACT 21
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 79 550 SAT
Prior to March 2016
Internet Based Paper Based
Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency 64 SAT
After March 2016
Pearson Test in English (PTE) 53 * For both the reading and writing sub-scores
** Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW)

Verification of English Proficiency – Academic Record

Receiving a Diploma/Degree from a High School or University/College in the United States or any of the AACRAO recommended countries listed above.

Certificate/Documentation from an authorized Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
Must verify the English Proficiency equivalent to a minimum score of 79 IBT or 550 PBT TOEFL Score.

Academic Records

Applicants must make all appropriate arrangements to provide official academic records attesting to their post-secondary education.

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 university attended. Each transcript must bear the original, official signature and certification of the registrar of the institution awarding the degree, as well as the university’s official seal, and/or the examination board stated on the original document. Credentials not available in English must be submitted with an original, attested, and professionally prepared English language translation. Notarized copies of credentials are not considered official.

Please note: Applicants holding three-year undergraduate degrees are not eligible for graduate admission.

SIUE does not require an outside evaluation of full degrees. However if you choose to forward an external evaluation to SIUE, it will be used as a guideline in verifying appropriate degree. SIUE does not automatically honor any accredited service (ex. WES, ECE) evaluation of complete degrees without additional review.

If you have in your possession original documents (issued to you upon graduation), you may have them attested to and copied by an EducationUSA office. We will accept these verified documents as long as they are submitted in a sealed, unopened envelope bearing the name and address of the verifying EducationUSA office. Credentials not available in English must be submitted with an original, attested, and professionally prepared English language translation. Please note that you may need to bring your original documents with you to campus for verification purposes during the registration process.

University graduate-level academic work may be considered for transfer of credit if reviewed and approved by the graduate program and Dean. Course descriptions and/or syllabi are required to determine appropriate transfer credit.

If you have completed course work at a U.S. institution, you must have an official copy of your transcript sent to SIUE Graduate Admissions.

Financial Verification

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.

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 statement or letter, on bank letterhead, bearing the original signature of an authorized bank official, and indicating the applicant’s or sponsor’s available balance in U.S. dollars. This document must be less than six months from the date issued. The student also must complete and submit a Financial Form that reflects at least the minimum required funds.  This form must be uploaded into the financial application. 

The application includes an international student financial support form that the applicant should print and upload when complete. Both the student and the student’s financial sponsor (e.g., a parent or relative) must sign the form. The form will list the exact amount of funding required to finance your education and living expenses. This amount must be available to receive your student visa. Scholarships, assistantships and other forms of financial support will be deducted from the amount required.

Along with the complete form, students must upload the following into the application:

  • A copy of an original bank statement signed or stamped by a bank official that shows sufficient funds available. Make sure your scanned copies are readable. Students should also upload scholarship award letters (if any) at this time. Copies that are blurred or difficult to read will need to be re-uploaded.

  • Passport copy (biographical page) - 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.

  • Marriage Certificate and Spouse’ Passport copy – only required if bringing spouse

  • Birth Certificate(s) and children passport copies – only required if bringing dependents

Important Note: You should bring the original forms and bank statements with you to your visa interview, and you must bring these with you to SIUE when you arrive to begin classes. Original financial documents may be mailed together with the official transcripts in one package if the transcript is not sent directly by the degree-granting institution

Acceptable forms of financial documentation include:

  • Bank statements or bank letters in your name

  • Bank statements or bank letters in a sponsor’s name

  • Scholarship from Government/Organization/Employer

  • SIUE Scholarships

Types of financial documentation not accepted include:

  • Statements verifying employment and salary

  • Screenshots from online banking

  • In-loan documentation

  • Insurance premiums and policies

  • Property or personal assets (cars, land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)

  • Non-liquid assets such as stocks, bonds, equities, retirement accounts

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 
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

Telephone: (618) 650-3770

Admission requirements vary by graduate program. For additional information and to review program requirements, click on your program of choice from the list below.   

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