International Students

Our student body is diverse, 
representing countries from 
around the world.

Our student body is diverse,
representing countries from
around the world.

International Students

We have a long tradition of attracting students from around the world to study in our collaborative learning environment. International students also add to our rich campus diversity.

In addition to a completed application, all transcripts from outside of North America (including Mexico) must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a transcript evaluation service, World Education Services (WES) ( or Educational Credentialing Evaluators (ECE) ( Please note that we require all official transcripts (and official translations if not in English) as well as the course-by-course international credential evaluation.

If a WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation is ordered, applicants will only be required to submit the official international credential evaluation to the University as this service provided a verified copy of the official transcript(s) and translations to the University. Applicants must be sure to send in all transcripts and order the course-by-course evaluation.

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores from one of the following testing services directly to the University. Scores are only valid if taken within two years of enrollment. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in Canada or the United States may not be required to prove English language proficiency.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • Adler University’s code for receiving test scores is 1147
  • Paper-based TOEFL minimum score is 580
  • Computer-based TOEFL minimum score is 240
  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum score is 92

International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • A minimum Overall Band score of 7.0 is required, with no band lower than 7.0

Pearson Test of English (PTE):

  • A minimum Overall Score of 62 is required

Studying in the United States

International students may apply for an F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange student) Visa. Please submit the required tuition deposit as well as the following forms to Adler University:

  1. International Student Checklist
  2. International Student Request for I-20
  3. Affidavit of Financial Support

The Office of Admissions will enter your name and information into the SEVIS database and will mail you an original I-20 along with any other required documents. You will then need to make an appointment with the American embassy in your district (if required) and present the I-20 or DS-2019 to the consulate. Prior to meeting with the consulate, you must complete Form I-901 and submit a fee of $200 to the Department of Homeland Security.

  • You can access the I-901 by downloading it. When completing the I-901, enter your name exactly as it appears on the I-20 or the DS-2019. If you choose to complete the I-901 online, you may pay by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
  • Another payment option is Western Union Quick Pay. This option is available in any country where Western Union offers its Quick Pay service. Instructions, along with a completed sample of the Western Union form, can be found on the SEVP website. Bring a printed copy of the instructions and the sample of the completed form to the Western Union agent.
  • If you elect to submit the I-901 by mail, include a check, international money order, or foreign draft (drawn on US banks only) in the amount of $200 US dollars. Mail the form and the fee to the address listed on the Form 901. The Department of Homeland Security will mail you a receipt within three days of processing. Make copies of your receipt and keep it with your other important immigration documents. It is better to pay your SEVIS fee online because it will be processed immediately, and you can retrieve your receipt directly from your computer. You must pay the fee at least three business days prior to applying for your Visa, or applying for admission to the port of entry if you are exempt from the visa requirement.

To obtain a student visa, you must be prepared to prove:

  • You have a valid passport, and you have been admitted to Adler University.
  • You have sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your stay.
    • If sponsored by an agency, show a letter indicating your award.
    • If your support is from family funds, show bank statements, letters of credit, and the available assets of your parents.
    • At a minimum, your financial documentation must demonstrate you meet the financial requirements indicated by Adler University
  • You plan to return to your country and not remain in the US after completion of your studies (you may have to show you have a good reason to return home).
  • You will be a full-time student each semester.
  • You will not work illegally.
  • You will maintain an acceptable academic standing.

If the consulate finds you qualified, he or she will stamp a visa approval on your passport. Some visas allow one entry into the US, while some allow two or more. We suggest requesting a multiple-entry visa, because you may want to travel for a short vacation.

Travel Considerations

International students traveling outside of the US will need the following documents for re-entry:

  • Passport: must be valid at least six months into the future
  • Valid visa
  • Current Form I-20
  • Any past Form I-20s or DS-2019s you have held
  • Remember to submit your I-94 card as you leave the US and retain a new I-94 upon re-entry (request that the border official staple your new I-94 card into your passport)
  • Proof of Financial Resources: carry a letter verifying your fellowship, assistantship, or private resources covering your expenses as a student
  • Visa to Enter a Third Country: if you are visiting a country other than your own, you may need a visa from the third country for entry

Spouses or dependents joining the student in the United States should present the following to the U.S. Embassy:

  • Dependent Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • Evidence of financial support for the entire family