Kalizya Nseluka (M.A. ’20)
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.
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.
Apply Online | Deadline: Varies
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.
Fully online programs taken from your home country start approximately every seven weeks. We recommend that you are enrolled four weeks prior to the first day of class.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the only degree program offered to students interested in taking classes on-ground on an F-1 visa. New students must enroll in the fall semester, which begins in August. Applications for the MBA program are due on June 1.
Submit Your Transcript(s) for Evaluation
After your application is submitted, begin working on submitting your university record(s) immediately if you would like previous credits taken outside of the United Statues to be evaluated as U.S. equivalencies. Please plan accordingly, as some evaluators take several weeks to process your records.
If you are attending or have attended a university outside of the U.S., your records must be officially evaluated by one of Cornerstone’s approved evaluators:
These evaluators will calculate a U.S. equivalent GPA for Cornerstone based on your transcripts.
Official university transcripts from a U.S college/university must be sent to Cornerstone University by the institution you attended.
You are responsible for any costs and fees associated with transcript evaluations and submissions.
Provide Language Test Scores
TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores must be submitted to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language if you are from a country where English is not listed as an official language. If your test scores are older than one year from the point of your application being submitted, you must take the test again.
- TOEFL: A 550 written or 80 internet-based minimum score required.
- IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 required.
- Duolingo: A minimum score of 105 is required.
You are responsible for any costs and fees associated with test score submissions.
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.
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
- 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
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.
Things to Know
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.
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.