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Undergraduate Accelerated and Graduate International Students

At Cornerstone University, our dedicated admissions team walks with you in each step of the process to help you start your journey with confidence. As an international student in an undergraduate accelerated program or graduate program, your path toward enrollment includes additional steps like English language proficiency requirements, financial support statements and other student visa application documents. And, if you have or are in the process of getting an F-1 visa, you’ll receive a 10% tuition discount.

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Meet Your Enrollment Counselor

Start your enrollment journey with the information and confidence you need to take the next step in making a difference in your work and your community. In this virtual or in-person meeting, you’ll navigate through your educational background, personal and professional goals, financial aid, payment options and next steps in the application process.

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Complete Your Application

Complete your application for admission for the degree program of your choice. You’ll create a secure account and move through responding to questions regarding your educational goals and contact information.

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Evaluate and Convert Transcripts

To transfer in credits from previous experience, an outside agency must evaluate your transcripts and convert them to U.S. equivalencies. We recommend contacting  Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. to complete this process and sending any relevant documents to them directly. You are responsible for following the agency’s process and paying any required fees. After your evaluation is complete, send us a copy of your course-by-course evaluation report.


Complete the Student Financial Success Guide

Begin your program on the right financial track by completing your Student Financial Success Guide. This form provides important information about financial policies and the use of financial aid. You’ll also be able to indicate your payment method(s). You’ll also need to provide additional documentation about your finances such as the Affidavit of Support. See below for more information on what this document is and how to complete it.

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Submit Additional Documentation

Your journey to reaching your potential with a degree is unique to you. Your enrollment counselor will help you navigate the additional materials you’ll need to provide as an international student. These documents may include visa documents, affidavit of support, language examination scores and your passport. See below for additional information in submitting these items to move forward in the admission process.


Submit Tuition Deposit

Before you start your program, you’ll need to submit your tuition deposit. This tuition deposit is credited to your account and empowers you to register for classes. In this form, you’ll provide your contact information and payment information. Remember that if you choose to pay by debit or credit card, there’s a small 2.5% processing fee ($1.25). After submitting your registration fee, you’ll receive an email to confirm your payment.

Submit Tuition Deposit

Admission Documents

Take your next step with confidence as you provide essential documentation you need as an international student. Here’s what you’ll want to know about submitting these items.

Copy of Visa Documents

You need to apply for an F-1 student visa to pursue your studies in the United States. If you have already been issued with an F-1 visa or are already present in the U.S. under a different visa, connect with us.

Affidavit of Support

The Affidavit of Support is a requirement set by the United States visa regulations. This form demonstrates your ability to financially support your education. It may be completed by yourself or by whoever is providing financial support, which includes providing bank statements for at least three months or an official letter from the bank that sufficient funds are available. Each supporter must fill out separate forms.

TOEFL or IELTS Examination Score

As an international student, you’re required to demonstrate your English language proficiency through a TOEFL or IELTS exam. You’ll need this if you’re not a lifetime resident of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Below are the minimum scores required for the exam.

Undergraduate Accelerated Programs

  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test Score Requirement: 550
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test Score Requirement: 213
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test Score Requirement: 79-80
  • IELTS Score Requirement: 6.5

Graduate Programs

  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test Score Requirement: 577
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test Score Requirement: 233
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test Score Requirement: 90-91
  • IELTS Score Requirement: 7.0

Additional Documents

Upon being accepted, you’ll receive a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (the I-20). Then, you’ll be able to apply for your student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

In addition to the I-20, you’ll also need a valid passport, proof of sufficient finances, proof of English language proficiency, your official acceptance letter from Cornerstone University and the following documents:

  • A valid passport, which must be valid six months past the last date you expect to be in the USA (your expected time of graduation).
  • Proof of sufficient finances, which includes your completed student financial support form, letters of support from each contributing organization or individual and copies of bank statements from the three most recent months verifying that those funds are available.
  • Proof of English language proficiency, which may be either residency in an English-speaking country or TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • An official acceptance letter from Cornerstone University.

As an international student, I have come to learn from my cohorts’ input about how appreciative they are for the different perspectives I bring to classroom discussions and presentations. There is so much to learn from exposing yourself to issues outside of America.

Kalizya Nseluka (M.A. ’20)

Things to Know

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are not the same for every Professional & Graduate Studies program. To see what the admission requirements are for the program you are interested in, see our degree program pages.

Program Start Dates

At Cornerstone University’s Professional & Graduate Studies, you can begin your program at start dates throughout the year. Classes begin every seven weeks. We have three semesters: fall, spring and summer. To see our upcoming start dates, see our degree program pages or connect with our enrollment team.

Tuition and Fees

Since not all PGS programs have the same number of credits or the same resource fees, there is no single, flat cost for PGS programs as a whole. To see the estimated cost and breakdown for the program your interested in, see our tuition and fees page.

Financial Aid Options

Building your future with a degree is an investment in yourself and in your potential. As an international student, you may be eligible for federal financial aid. If you are a US citizen living outside the United States, you may be eligible. If you are a noncitizen, you must provide evidence from the United States CIS that you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Connect with your enrollment counselor about your financial aid options.

Health Insurance

As an international student at Cornerstone, you must also pay for health insurance. You will be charged a fee for insurance that meets the requirements set forth by our federal government.

Meet Your Counselor

Our enrollment team is dedicated to empowering you to advance in your goals and meet you where you’re at. They eagerly engage in conversations as you share what motivates you to take your next step and provide encouragement in ensuring that this is an investment you are not only capable of but also is in a space where you can thrive.

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