International Students

International Students Admission

At Albany State University, an international student is an individual who meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Student is currently living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. 
  2. Student is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and is currently in the U.S. on an F-1 visa. 
  3. Student is currently in the U.S. on another non-immigrant visa classification, which permits part-time or full-time study.

 

Prospective first-year students must meet one of the following admission criteria: 

  • 2.0+ weighted GPA with Evidence-Based Reading & Writing:  480 & Math 440 SAT or
    • 2.0+ unweighted GPA with English or Reading 17 & Math 17
    • Applicants with a high school GPA of at least a 2.0 can be admitted into our access pathway programs

Requirements include satisfactory completion of the Required High School Curriculum and all other requested documentation.  

Attention: Non-native English speakers require a Proof of English Proficiency (listed below).

  1. STEPS TO APPLY AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
    Apply online. The non-refundable application fee of $25 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  1. Submit High School Transcripts
    Mail your official transcript or have a school official email your transcript to the Office of Admissions at admissions@asurams.edu. Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must submit a certified English translation of all documents.

Official documents can be mailed to:

Albany State University

Office of Admissions
504 College Drive
Albany, Georgia 31705

  1. List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies
  1. Submit Proof of English Proficiency (see table below)
    Non-Native English Speakers must submit Proof of English Proficiency. They may submit SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL (Including Home Edition), and Duolingo English Test. Results must be submitted directly from the testing service.
Non-native speakers who attend four years of high school in the United States do not require Proof of English Proficiency.

Evaluating and transferring credit(s) from foreign institutions takes time to complete so we recommend applying for admission early. As educational systems vary worldwide, it is possible that many classes taken outside of the United States will not transfer to Albany State University.

Steps to Apply for Admission

  • Complete Admissions Application
    Complete the Online Application. The non-refundable application fee of $25 (US) can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  • Submit College/University Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended (foreign and within the United States). Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. If your transcripts are not provided in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents.
  • If you have less than 30 transferable semester hours, you must submit secondary school transcripts (see freshman requirements).
  • List of Professional Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies
  • Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
  • National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  • (many students typically use Scholaro, Education Credential Evaluators, WES and Josef Silny & Associates)

Professional transcript evaluations of college/university transcripts must include a course by course evaluation with GPA calculation

  • If you have transferrable coursework from an institution within the United States, you can request the official transcript(s) from www.studentclearinghouse.org, or www.parchment.com.
  • Albany State University may require you to submit a credential evaluation for certain college/university coursework. You will be notified by an admissions counselor if this is required.

English Language Proficiency

Completion of a test of English language proficiency is required of all international students and scholars. Please refer to the chart below for approved exams and minimum standards or some other University System of Georgia approved evaluation of English.

The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission: (Meet a minimum of 1 below)

 

Minimum Score for Admission*

Recommended

Score for

Admission

Internet TOEFL

69

79

 

Paper TOEFL (only accepted until October 2019)

523

550

 

IELTS

6

6.5

 

Old SAT (administered prior to March 2016) Critical Reading section

430

 

 

New SAT (administered March 2016 or later) Reading test

24

 

 

ACT English

17

 

 

EIKEN

Pre-1

 

 

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

77

 

 

Cambridge English Scale Score - which can be demonstrated in B2 First (First Certificate in English -FCE), C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English - CAE) or C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE)

169

177

 

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams

“D” or Better

 

 

UK GCSE “English” exam

“C” or Better

 

 

UK GCE A-Level “English” exam

“C” or Better

 

 

EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams

“D” or Better

 

 

Pearson (PTE) Academic

53

58

 

Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study.

Per USG approval.

 

 

A waiver of the English proficiency requirement can be applied to students who have successfully completed academic instruction in English. Successful completion can be demonstrated by one of the following methods: 1) Proof of degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction. 2) Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better in one or both courses, at an accredited U.S. institution.

   

 

Students who are required to take Compass or Accuplacer placement tests, may be waived of the English Proficiency requirement if the calculated EPI places them directly into college level English with no required co-requisite.

   

 

Applicants applying for an F-1 student visa will need to be issued an I-20 from Albany State University. An I-20 will only be issued to students who have been fully admitted to ASU and have provided the required financial documentation. Once accepted, a completed Financial Guarantee form (PDF), bank statement, and copy of passport must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

International students must provide documentation that they have sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board health insurance and other living expenses before receiving an I-20.

Required Amounts to Issue I-20

Visa Type

Duration of Study

Required Amount

F-1 Students

1st Academic Year Only

$22,000 (Associates Degree)

F-1 Students

1st Academic Year Only

$27,600 (Bachelor’s/Graduate Degree)

Visa Type Duration of Study Required Amount
F-1 Students 1st Academic Year Only $27,600 Bachelor's/Graduate Degree

 

Financial Statements and documents must:

  • be on official bank letterhead and signed by bank official
  • state the written date (ex:  November 3, 2020) the account was opened
  • state the currency type
  • state the amount currently in the account in USD
  • be dated less than six months when received by ASU. 
  • translated in English

Governmental or Private Organizations as sponsors must: 

  • include sponsor's address
  • include telephone number and email address
  • include original signature and title of the signatory
  • state your name
  • state a specific U.S. dollar amount
  • state duration of the sponsorship / scholarship

Completed Click for ASU Certificate of Immunization Form.

Immunization requirements includes the following:

  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 MMR or 2 Measles, 2 Mumps and 2 Rubella
  • Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years
  • 2 Varicella vaccines or the date of Chicken Pox

The following terminology is used in this section and holds the meaning described below:

Academic Transcript: Official records of courses, credit, and grades earned while studying at the college, university or educational institution. The academic transcript or record is issued by the institution. Some academic transcripts also indicate clearly the academic degree earned and date that the degree was awarded. If they do not have official information about the academic degree that has been conferred, a separate proof of degree is required. (see Tips)

Recognized Institution: Higher-level educational institution that is recognized in the country by the appropriate government agency or accrediting agency as is approved to award degrees.

Issuing Institution: This terminology means that the records must show that they were prepared by the educational institution where the degree and coursework were earned.

Certification versus Notarization: Certification means that a representative of the educational institution is authorized by the institution to certify/approve copies of academic records as being official and true. Notarization is not adequate for admission purposes because the individual notary is usually a private entity, not an official representative of the institution. Note: Notarized copies are not considered official academic records. Please do not submit your original proof of degree, as we cannot return it to you.

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