International Students

University of San Diego Welcomes Students from Outside the United States and Provides Services to Meet Your Needs!

International students add diversity and varied perspectives to USD programs

Most, but not all, of our graduate degree programs are open to international students. Please be sure to check the admissions requirements for the program in which you are interested in enrolling.

International students currently in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 student visa are not eligible to pursue an online degree, per U.S. immigration regulations.

If you are an international applicant, it is recommended that you begin the application process up to three months before the application deadline. In addition to the standard admission requirements, you may also be required to submit the following items for acceptance to the program:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Review degree-specific TOEFL requirements on the Admissions and Requirements page.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      TOEFL/TSE Services
      P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
      Phone: (609) 771-7100, Fax: (609) 771-7500
      http://www.toefl.org
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      IELTS International
      825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112, Los Angeles, CA 90041
      Phone: (323) 255-2771
      http://www.ielts.org
  • Transcript and Credential Evaluations – An evaluation of degrees earned at institutions outside of the United States is required. Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A course-by-course report from WES must be submitted with your application before it can be reviewed. Evaluations from other agencies cannot be accepted.
    • World Education Services (WES)
      P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274, U.S.A.
      www.wes.org

Please also review the standard admission requirements for your program of interest:

Important Note for Applicants to Campus-based Programs:

For international students wishing to enroll in an on-campus program for Fall 2020, the application deadline has already passed.  If you have not yet been accepted, please talk to your enrollment advisor about your options, including enrolling in the online program or applying to start in Spring 2021.

If you have already been accepted for Fall 2020 admission, you will need to confirm your acceptance, make a $500 enrollment deposit and submit all required non-immigrant documentation via iTorero by June 28th in order to be eligible for Fall 2020 enrollment.

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Application Provisions Due to COVID-19

The following provisions are approved for all Fall 2020 applicants.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in lieu of official transcripts for purposes of application submission and review.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial transcripts from those applicants who cannot get an official transcript from their degree-awarding institution.

If accepted to the University, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will be required to submit their official transcript showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official transcript and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official transcript(s) to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to their first required day on campus.

WES evaluations are temporarily not required for purposes of application submission and review.

Due to current closure of the WES offices, the Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily postpone requiring an official course-by-course WES evaluation from those applicants whose bachelor’s and/or master’s degree(s) are conferred by a foreign institution.

If applicants already happen to have documents showing proof of an earned bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in their possession, they are encouraged to upload copies of these documents to their online application. Examples of helpful documents would be a transcript showing degree(s) conferred, or a diploma.

If accepted to the University, students who would normally be required to include a WES evaluation in their application package must submit their official course-by-course WES evaluation showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package is missing their required course-by-course WES evaluation will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official course-by-course WES evaluation and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official transcript(s) to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to their first required day on campus.

Unofficial copies of English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL, IELTS) may be temporarily submitted for purposes of application submission and review if official scores cannot be sent.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores from applicants whose testing center or agency is closed and unable to send official scores at this time. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of testing center or agency closure in order to submit their unofficial score.

If accepted to the University, international students planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admissions before their visa eligibility document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) will be released.

Students who are not planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa but whose application package still requires an official English proficiency exam score must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students in this case will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official TOEFL or IELTS score and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

Reminder about Academic Integrity

The University of San Diego assumes that applicants who utilize these provisions will be able to meet the regular admissions requirement(s) within a reasonable time once official services are re-established. Should it be discovered that a student has falsified their credentials during the admissions process, the University reserves the right to take action in accord with its policy on academic integrity. This policy can be found on pg. 32 of the Graduate Catalog.