International Students

Emory University welcomes students from all over the world. A significant number of international students—from more than 100 countries—help make our campuses rich with various languages, cultures and heritages. Approximately 16% of the entering Emory College class and 15% of the Oxford College class this past year were international students.

Guidelines for International Applicants

To apply for admission, an international student must complete all the application requirements for first-year admission along with the following additional requirements: English proficiency and Financial Certification.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not use English as their primary language must demonstrate the ability to be successful in a rigorous English-medium academic curriculum. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English at the time they apply to Emory University.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are highly recommended when English is not the native language of the student; however, students for whom English is not the native language may also demonstrate exceptional command of the English language through the following criteria:

  • The student achieves a 700 Evidence-based Reading and Writing score on the SAT
  • The student achieves a 30 English subset score on the ACT
  • The student has spent the most recent four years of school where English is the language of instruction for all academic subjects (excluding global/world language.)

A score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS is expected for all applicants. These scores are not used as cut-offs and review of English language proficiency is viewed in the context of each application. The highest total score of a single sitting will be used if the student elects to take an exam more than once. Students are also encouraged to take the optional Writing section of the SAT or ACT exam to demonstrate English proficiency.

The review of all applicants is holistic and close attention will be paid to the strength of the high school curriculum, achievement in the classroom over time, and standardized exam results.

Financial Certification

As an international applicant, you are required to certify that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while attending Emory University. You will need to download a copy of the International/Financial Certification form (FIF), which should be completed and returned to the Office of Admission. We also will accept a note or statement from your bank or financial institution as proof of sufficient funding.

If you have been issued a resident alien registration number (permanent residency or green card) since sending in your application, you will need to send a copy of it to our office to change your status. If you have applied for permanent residency status but have not yet received your green card, you still will need to fill out the financial form and send in a copy of your permanent residency application. If you have further questions concerning the FIF or the status of your file, or if you are on any other type of visa (such as E, H, or L), which may not require you to be issued an I-20, please contact our office at 011.404.727.6036.

These requirements should be sent as attached PDFs to Please make sure to include the applicant's full name, date of birth, and application ID # on all documents submitted to this email account.

Financial Assistance for International Students

Emory University is committed to enrolling a talented first-year class with representation from all corners of the globe. In accordance with this philosophy, we offer need-based financial aid awards to a select group of international students each year. As well, international applicants are encouraged to apply for merit-based scholarships through the Emory University Scholar Programs (November 15 deadline).

In order to be considered for a need-based financial assistance, international students need simply apply under our Regular Decision plan.

An international student is considered a student who is NOT a U.S. citizen and NOT a U.S. permanent resident. Students who hold F1, F2, J1, J2, or G series visas or other eligible non-citizens (humanitarian parole, Cuban-Haitian Entrant, refugee status, asylum) are considered international students. Please note, these are a few of the many visas and immigration categories we work with in the admission process.

International students who apply for need-based financial aid will be reviewed as a separate cohort of applicants. In our admission process, we must be “need-aware” for international students. This means that when reviewing applications from students who are not citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, Emory University takes into account whether or not an applicant has requested financial assistance. As a result of this need-aware approach and the limited funds available to international students, Emory’s admission rate for international applicants requesting need-based financial aid is notably lower than the rate of acceptance for those students not requesting aid.

We advise students to apply for financial aid only if they do not have the resources to fund their education, and to complete the financial aid form as accurately as possible.

International students are only eligible for financial aid if they apply for support during the admission process. Students who are certain they will need financial aid at any point during their years at Emory College must apply for financial aid during the admission process. Only those students who apply for and receive financial aid for their first year will be eligible to receive financial assistance in subsequent years.

International students receiving financial aid from Emory University must plan to contribute funding towards their educational expenses. For example, students will be responsible for travel expenses to the U.S. from their home country. Emory University cannot assume responsibility for economic changes such as currency fluctuation, nor can it replace lost support that a student may have expected to receive from relatives, sponsors, or government and corporate grants.

Students in the process of obtaining permanent residency status, or "Permanent Residence Pending" status in the United States, should be aware that they cannot be considered for federal financial aid until the receive actual documentation of their immigration status and provide it to the university.

How to Apply: Select YES when asked about applying for need-based financial aid on the Common Application or Coalition Application.

In addition, international students seeking need-based financial aid are required to submit the following additional documents:

  1. International / Financial Certification form (FIF), which should be completed and returned to the Office of Admission. The College Board certification of finances form is also acceptable in addition to a note or statement from your bank or financial institution as proof of funding. (due by January 1, 2018)
  2. CSS / Financial Aid Profile (due February 15, 2018).
  3. Tax return required by home country (or a Non-tax Filer Statement is a tax return is not required) submitted through College Board's Institutional Documents Service (IDOC) (due by February 15, 2018)

These requirements should be sent as attached PDFs to Please make sure to include the applicant's full name, date of birth, and application ID # on all documents submitted to this email account.

U.S. Immigration

If admitted, you will receive an official letter certifying the fact that you have been approved for admission and informing you about dates for registration and the beginning of the term. You should not make plans to leave your country until you have received visa documents from the university division to which you seek admission. Each international student is required by U.S. Immigration Laws to register as a full-time student each semester, except the summer term.

Every international student must have a passport or official travel document from his or her host nation if a refugee.

Most passports are valid for a limited time. Before the expiration date, an international student must have the passport renewed at his or her country's nearest consulate or embassy in the United States. To receive a visa to enter the United States, most students will receive a Form 1-20 or DS2019. Unless you are from a country not subject to visa restrictions, this form must be taken by the student to a U.S. Consulate Office. The Consulate will issue the visa and mark it in your passport.

Subject to visa requirements, an international student may not enter the United States unless the visa entry has been made in the passport. You should advise the university if your country will permit you to leave only on a "J"-type visa.

Upon arrival at a port of entry to the United States, present the passport and form I-20 or DS2019 to receive an Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94). Permission to stay in the United States will be for the duration of your status as a bona fide non-immigrant student.

(Note: Forms I-20 and DS2019 will not be issued by Emory University until you have been accepted for a program of study and have submitted evidence of funds necessary to meet all expenses while enrolled.)


Medical insurance is mandatory for international students at Emory and Oxford. All international students will be automatically enrolled in the “Accident and Sickness Insurance for Emory University Students” plan unless the student shows that he or she has equal coverage prior to his or her registration. Once accepted, each student will receive further information about the mandatory insurance regulation from the International Student and Scholar Programs Office.

Campus Services for International Students

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides services to assist you as you arrive in a different culture and experience a new educational system. ISSS helps international students in F-1 and J-1 status maintain their legal status and assists them in applying for immigration benefits. Advisors provide immigration information via email and the ISSS website and advise students in person during walk-in hours and scheduled appointments. ISSS also provides seminars on topics like international student employment.

ISSS partners with Emory College and Oxford College to provide International Student orientation programs for enrolling students that address the specific needs of international students at Emory University.

The Office of International Student Life (OISL) helps connect international students to meaningful campus life opportunities, provides intentional events and programs to highlight the diversity of nationalities and cultures at Emory, and fosters connections between international and domestic students. We provide many services and opportunities like a weekly International Coffee Hour, Homegoods Handout Program, Global Debate Forum, Conversation Partner Program, online resources, weekly newsletters, and much more!

Oxford College Office of International Student Programs (ISP)

The Oxford College Office of International Student Programs (ISP) supports international students at Oxford College. The ISP issues Emory I-20s to new Oxford College international students and coordinates the Oxford College International Student Orientation program. The ISP helps enrolled international students understand and maintain their F-1 status by providing information through individual advising, group sessions, and regular email notifications. The ISP also offers programs and services to encourage positive adjustment to the U.S. and engagement in the Oxford campus community and that support the development of intercultural skills of both international and domestic students. Visit the Oxford College ISP website or contact us at