OFFICE OF
Undergraduate
Admission

International Students

Emory University welcomes students from all over the world. A significant number of international students—from more than 110 countries—help make our campuses rich with various languages, cultures and heritages. Approximately 16% of the entering Emory College class and 19% 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 for Undergraduate Entry

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) is highly recommended when English is not the native language of the student; however, students for whom English is not the native language can also demonstrate exceptional command of the English language through the following criteria:
  • The student achieves a 650 Critical Reading score on the SAT Examination
  • The student has spent the most recent four years of high school where English is the language of instruction for all academic subjects (excluding foreign language.)

A student who resides in a country where a TOEFL testing center is not accessible can be exempt from the examination. Additionally, the International English Language Testing System, (IELTS), is an acceptable examination as well and may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL examination.

A score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) an overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS is expected for all applicants though 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.

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, TOEFL/IELTS results, SAT Critical Reading and SAT Writing sections for applicants for whom English is not the native language.

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 0011.404.727.6036.

Information should be sent to:

Office of Admission
Emory University
1390 Oxford Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-1016
(Attn: Sheldon Stansfield)

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, Emory University offers 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 Scholars Program (November 15 deadline).

In order to be considered for a need-based financial assistance, international students need simply apply with the Common Application 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.

Citizens of foreign countries 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 citizens of foreign countries. 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 citizens of foreign countries, 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. Because of this, 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 / Oxford must apply for financial aid during the admission process. Only those students who apply for and receive financial aid for their freshman year will be eligible to receive financial assistance in subsequent years.

International students receiving financial aid from Emory / Oxford 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.

In addition, international students seeking need-based financial aid are required to submit two additional documents at the time of application:

  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 of statement from your bank or financial institution as proof of funding.
  2. 2014 – 2015 International Student Financial Aid Application (due March 1, 2014).

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 a letter of acceptance and visa documents from the University division to which you seek admission. Each foreign 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. Most passports are valid for a limited time. Before the expiration date, a foreign 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.)

Insurance

Medical insurance is mandatory for international students at Emory and Oxford. All international students automatically will be 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. For more information about international students at Emory University, please email or visit the ISSS website.