International Students

Application Deadlines

Application and required documents must be received by this date.

Term Deadline
Summer March 1
Fall July 1
Spring November 1

Admission Requirements

TOEFL * Required Score
Computer-Based 173 or above
Internet-Based 61 or above

*TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) must have been completed within the last two years and be submitted to JSU directly from Educational Testing Services.

IELTS ** Required Score - 5.5 or above

**IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test scores must be sent directly to JSU by IELTS. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

In lieu of taking the TOEFL or IELTS, you may take the ACT or SAT and be admitted once meeting the following scores.


Conditional Admission
18-19 (Composite)

Unconditional Admission
20 and above (Composite)

(minimum of 14 on the English Subtest)


Conditional Admission
870 - 940 (Combined Critical Reading and Math)

Unconditional Admission
950 and above (Combined Critical Reading and Math)

(minimum of 350 on the Critical Reading Subtest)

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements above, an international student must send a certified English translation of their secondary school transcripts and proof of secondary school graduation to the JSU Admissions Office.  These documents should indicate attestation of translation from an original document.  Additionally, these documents must be sent directly from the high school, Examination Council, or the translator (depending on the country).  Alternately, international students may send their secondary school documents to an approved evaluation agency listed in the Undergraduate Catalogue. This evaluation should be mailed to the JSU directly from the evaluation agency.

International students are required to complete the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS). This form is required to provide documentary evidence showing adequate financial resources are available to attend the university and is used to submit documentation for the issuance of a student Visa.  If you are transferring from an institution in the United States complete the International Student Transfer Form (ISTF).

Alternately, international students may be admitted as English Language Institute Conditional Admission freshmen or transfers and study in the English Language Institute (ELI) before university study. To apply under this option, students must contact ELI ( for information. Students who begin in the ELI may meet the university language requirement either by successfully completing the English Language Institute program prior to beginning study for an academic degree or meeting the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, ACT or SAT scores noted above.

Helpful Forms

International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) - for international students who are not attending another college/university

International Student Transfer From (ISTF) - for international students who are attending another college/university

For detailed information on International Student Admissions, please consult the Undergraduate Catalogue.

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