2023-2024 Catalog

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

All international students, regardless of visa type, are individually responsible for ensuring that they are in good standing with the U.S. immigration authorities. International students applying for admission must meet the same admission requirements as other students. Transcripts sent from any educational institution recorded in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation from a National Association of Credential and Evaluation Services member. All documents must be a certified copy of the original. Original documents will not be returned to the student unless otherwise stated.

Regardless of program and visa type, all students whose native language is not English must provide evidence that they are able to use the English language with sufficient facility to do college-level work in an English-speaking institution. Prospective international students residing both in and out of the U.S. may obtain evidence of their English proficiency by one of the following methods:

  • Provide qualifying scores from the Duolingo exam, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Cambridge Exam. 

  • Graduates from a college or high school where English is the primary language of instruction. (To satisfy basis of admission requirements, students must provide documentation as outlined in the basis of admission requirements section of the catalog.)

  • Students who completed college level coursework at an accredited institution in the United States, where the coursework is eligible for transfer credit for ENG 115 or ENG 116 or ENG 201 or ENG 215, may use those transfer credits to satisfy the equivalent English requirements at Strayer. (Note: transfer credit for graduate-level coursework may not be used as a waiver for undergraduate level English prerequisites.) 

  • Complete an ESL program at an institution that is recognized by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Completion of an ESL program may only waive the ENG 090 requirement.

International students enrolled in a graduate program may also be required to take ENG 115 or ENG 116 and ENG 201 or ENG 215 at Strayer, in addition to providing evidence of English proficiency as an admission requirement.

The university evaluates official TOEFL, IELTS, and/or Cambridge exam scores in determining placement of prospective students. Score reports are valid for two years from the test date.

Undergraduate students must earn the following to be admitted to the university:

  • A minimum score of 85 on the Duolingo exam, OR
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test (46 on the iBT version), OR
  • A minimum score of 5.5 on the IELTS, OR

  • A B1 Preliminary score on the Cambridge exam

Graduate students must earn the following to be admitted to the university:

  • A minimum score of 105 on the Duolingo exam, OR
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (79 on the iBT version), OR
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, OR

  • A minimum score of B2 First on the Cambridge exam

Prospective students may obtain information on Duolingo online at https://englishtest.duolingo.com/institutions.

Prospective students may obtain information on the TOEFL exam from any U.S. Embassy, online at https://www.ets.org/toefl, or by writing to:

ETS, Educational Testing Service

CN 6151

Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Strayer University’s TOEFL code is 5632.

Prospective students may request information on the IELTS exam online from www.ielts.org.

Prospective students may request information on Cambridge English exams online at https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/.

International Student Services will issue the Certificate of eligibility for nonimmigrant students SEVIS (F-1) Form I-20 to students residing outside the U.S. only when all the admission and financial requirements are met. Additional fees are required for the addition of dependents.

International F-1 students or those seeking F-1 status must pay a $300 tuition deposit. The deposit is refundable if the University rejects the basis of admission, or the U.S. Embassy denies the visa; the student pays the SEVIS I-901 fee and requests a refund within 12 months of their original Strayer University application date. The student must pay the I-901 fee and provide a copy of the visa denial letter within the deadline to obtain a refund. The tuition deposit is non-refundable after one year.

Strayer welcomes international students. New international F-1 students should arrive at Strayer no more than 30 days before the program start date listed on the Form I-20 to complete USCIS reporting requirements and counseling procedures. F-1 students may not arrive in the United States more than 30 days before their program start date and no later than the first day of class.

International F-1 students transferring in from a U.S. institution must hold a current SEVIS Form I-20 and be in good standing. An international student with a terminated SEVIS record should apply for reinstatement with the previous school prior to transfer to Strayer. International Student Services will consider reinstatement requests on a case-by-case basis. Students may also apply with Strayer for Reinstatement via Travel, requiring the students to travel to their home countries before being issued a new Form I-20 to return to Strayer.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) adjudicates requests for changes of visa status on a case-by-case basis. It should be noted that applicants (students) in the United States may be able to change classification to F-1 (student). USCIS requires a minimum of 45 days before the quarter start to begin processing. 

Students seeking to apply to change from B to F-1 cannot register for classes before USCIS grants the status to change to F-1.