Graduate Admissions: International Graduate Applicants
Requirements for International Graduate Applicants
In order to be officially accepted at Shippensburg University we must first review your academic credentials to determine your candidacy. Once you are academically admitted, we will then review your financial support to determine your eligibility for an I-20 to be issued.
To be considered for admission, Shippensburg University requires the following:
1.) Complete the Graduate Application for International Admissions. We strongly recommend you APPLY ONLINE.
2.) Pay the $45.00 USD application fee.
3.) Send official results of a test of English proficiency directly from testing agency if English is not your native/official language.
- TOEFL with a recommended score of at least 68 for the ibt or 500 for the pbt. Shippensburg University's test code for the TOEFL is 2657
- IELTS with a recommended score of at least 6.0. Computer Science requires a 5.5.
4.) Submit official, course-be-course (CxC) evaluated transcripts directly from World Education Services (www.wes.org).
- If you choose to use another organization, they must be a NACES (http://www.naces.org/) recognized institution showing a course-by course evaluation of the U.S. equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree and include your complete academic transcript. The cost of this evaluation is the responsibility of the student and is not part of the application fee.
- Ghana, Nigeria, and Jamaica are exempt from this requirement and in most cases do not have to have their transcripts evaluated.
5.) Photocopy a picture of your passport or picture ID (and your I-20 if you have one) and send it to us.
6.) Provide financial documentation.
- Fully complete the 2013-2014 Statement of Financial Support for every sponsor. This form is completed by whoever is financially supporting the student.
- Current, certified bank statements from your sponsors in U.S. dollars should show the minimum amount required as shown in the form above.
- Income verification should show your sponsor's place of employment, length of employment, and salary. If the sponsor is self-employed, a letter explaining their business and income level is required. If the student is self-supporting, this should be marked on the statement of financial support.
- If you have scholarship information, please submit this as well. If you have full funding including all living expenses and insurance, this may exempt you from submitting the above forms.
7.) Submit any supplemental documents needed by your academic department.
When should I submit the application?
While SHIP reviews applications on a rolling basis, we strongly recommend that applicants who live outside of the United States and its territories have all application materials for admission be submitted at least 4 (four) months prior to the semester in which you would like to enroll allowing for sufficient time to obtain a visa in your country.
Fall Semester — no later than April 30
Spring Semester — no later than September 30 and you must confirm no later than December 13
Check the status of your application:After you apply, we urge you to frequently check your application status. If there are any missing materials, we will periodically notify you via E-mail.
You've been accepted @ SHIP, now what?
Congratulations, now that you have been accepted at Shippensburg University, you must submit your I-20/Enrollment Confirmation Deposit before your I-20 will be generated and mailed to you. Please follow the steps listed on the SHIPBOUND Checklist for Admitted International Students to submit your deposit and confirm your enrollment.
You must use your I-20 form and your acceptance letter to apply to U.S. Immigration for an F-1 Student Visa. *Please note: You will need to obtain your F-1 Student Visa before you will be able to register for classes. Helpful information on applying for an F-1 visa in your home country can be found on our issuance page.
What if I have questions?
All Questions Should be Directed to:
Mr. Jeremy R. Goshorn
Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions