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International Applicants

Students come to Emory from more than 100 countries, making our community rich with a variety of languages, cultures, and heritages. Approximately 17% of the 2018 first-year class are international students who speak more than 40 unique languages.

Application Guidelines for International Applicants

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To apply for admission, international students must complete all the application requirements for first-year admission. Additionally, they must demonstrate English proficiency and provide financial certification.

English Proficiency Requirements

If English is not your primary language, you must show you’re able to succeed academically in a rigorous English-speaking classroom. You should be fluent in written and spoken English at the time you apply.

Financial Aid for International Students

We offer need-based financial aid to a select group of international students each year.

Financial Certification

  • International students are required to submit the International/Financial Certification form (FIF) to show they have sufficient funds to cover all expenses while attending Emory University. We also will accept a note or statement from your bank or financial institution as proof of sufficient funding.

  • If you are an international student applying for financial aid, you do not need to show you have sufficient funds to cover fully your first year at Emory. If you’re applying for financial aid, complete the FIF as accurately as possible with funds ranging from $0 per year up to the cost of attendance.

  • If you have been issued a resident alien registration number (permanent residency or green card) since sending in your application, please email a copy of it to our office or upload a copy to your applicant portal 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 certification form and send in a copy of your permanent residency application.

US Immigration

Admitted students should not make plans to leave their home country until they have received visa documents from us. Each international student is required by US Immigration law to register as a full-time student each semester, except for summer term.

Every international student must have a passport or, if a refugee, an official travel document from their host nation.

Insurance

Medical insurance is mandatory for enrolling international students. Once accepted, you will receive further information about the mandatory insurance regulation. As an international student, you are automatically enrolled in the Accident and Sickness Insurance for Emory University Students plan unless you can demonstrate having equivalent coverage prior to registration.

Services for International Students

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International Student and Scholar Services

For students on the Atlanta campus, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) assists you in acclimating to US culture and helps F-1 visa students maintain their legal status and apply for immigration benefits.

Learn more about ISSS.
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International Student Life at Oxford College

At Oxford College, the International Student Programs (ISP) Office supports international students in acclimating to Oxford and the US, coordinates the college’s International Student Welcome program, and helps F-1 visa students maintain their legal status while at Oxford.

Learn more about Oxford’s ISP.
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International Student Life at Emory College

The Office of International Student Life (OISL) connects international students to meaningful campus life programs and fosters connections between international and domestic students.

Learn more about OIS.