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  • International students have additional requirements beyond the general application.

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    An agency evaluation requiring academic records is necessary for all applicants who attended or completed their bachelor's and/or master's degree outside of the United States. The evaluation is not an English translation of the academic records, but a separate document completed by an evaluation service determining if the degree received outside the U.S. is equivalent to a U.S. degree and a GPA is calculated. Seattle University only accepts evaluations from the following agencies: 1) Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)- We require the Course by Course Evaluation. More information on the transcript evaluation process and the evaluation application can be found at www.ece.org or 2) Educational Perspectives (EP)- We require the Detailed (Course by Course report). Directions and additional information specific to Seattle University can be found at www.edperspective.org/seattleu/.

    An official set of transcripts, degree certificates and/or graduation certificates also must be submitted to Seattle University. Documents are considered official only when they arrive in the original envelope from the issuing institution or sent electronically via secured institution to institution system.

    Applicants seeking an F-1 student visa

    Applicants seeking an F-1 student visa must also submit the Declaration of Finances form included in the application packet. International Student Declaration of Finances Form

    Applicants for whom English is a non-native language

    Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status. English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), institutional Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) examinations, or the Pearson Test of English (PTE).

    Graduate and post baccalaureate applicants who received a baccalaureate degree or higher from Seattle University or a recognized college or university in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia who remain in a country where English is the primary language for two years will not be required to submit English proficiency test scores.

    Seattle University maintains the right to require English proficiency testing when deemed necessary.

    The chart below outlines the English proficiency requirements for general admission as well as admission to the Culture and Language Bridge Program. The TOEFL exam has two different grading scales. The paper based TOEFL is still available with scores ranging from 310-677. For more information on what the TOEFL consists of and a list of official testing centers visit the ETS web site. Both score requirements are listed below.

      Graduate, General Admission Graduate, CLB Program

    TOEFL (Internet)

    SU Code: 4695

    92 86

    TOEFL (Paper)

    SU Code: 4695

    580 567
    IELTS 7.0 6.5
    Institutional MELAB 83% 80%
    Pearson Test of English 62 58

    * Some graduate programs are not able to accommodate CLB students in the curriculum as designed, so admitted students would need to complete CLB prior to starting their graduate studies.

    Students with TOEFL scores in the CLB range will take a placement essay test upon arrival at Seattle University. Some students may have their CLB requirement waived based upon the results of the placement essay test.

    Visiting Students

    International students who do not intend to complete Seattle University degrees may enroll in graduate courses as visiting students. Applicants must be in good academic and social standing at any colleges or universities where they may have studied earlier.

    International Students must complete a Visiting Student Application and submit the following:

    1. Official transcript(s) of all post-secondary coursework completed to date: include English translation if applicable.
    2. Copy of your passport: only needs to include the page containing a photo and date of expiration. Please ensure the passport is valid up to six months after the end of your intended stay.
    3. Copy of International Student Declaration of Finances Form: signed and dated by sponsor with bank verification statement or letter attached. Form is available here.
    4. Official TOEFL / IELTS / PTE score report sent directly from examining agency: Students must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for general admission. See the chart below for scores required.

     

      Graduate General Admission
    TOEFL (Internet) 92
    TOEFL (Paper) 580
    IELTS 7.0
    Institutional MELAB 83%
    Pearson Test of English 62

    All Materials should be sent to:

    Seattle University
    Office of Graduate Admission
    901 12th Ave.
    P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090
    USA

    Deadlines

    In order to allow for application processing, overseas mailings and visa processing, international applicants living overseas should submit an application six months prior to the quarter they wish to enroll or the program deadline, whichever is earlier.

    Students who submit complete applications before the following dates will receive priority consideration:

    • Fall Quarter (September): April 1
    • Winter Quarter (January): September 1
    • Spring Quarter (March): December 1 (F1 Visa applicants to the Software Engineering program should only apply for Fall or Winter admission)
    • Summer Quarter (June): January 1

    Culture and Language Bridge Program

    The CLB program develops all phases of academic English and helps students overcome cultural barriers in the classroom. The graduate section is a 6-credit program and a 5-credit Business Communications class taken in the first quarter for students who have completed the equivalent of English 110 and based on a placement exam. For more information, call +1.206.296.6064 or consult the Culture and Language Bridge Program website.

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