Application Details for International Students

Southern Virginia University welcomes international applicants. Because foreign applications often take more time and effort to prepare and process, review the requirements for application carefully. Be sure to plan for enough time to prepare the application, secure finances, receive an I-20, and obtain a visa. If you have questions, please contact your admissions advisor.

Canadian students can apply to the university using the same application procedures as American students. They are required, however, to comply with our Visa Requirements.

International students outside the U.S. and Canada seeking admission to Southern Virginia University must comply with the following steps in addition to the normal application process:

1$255 Administration Fee

In addition to the $35 application fee required for all applicants, students outside of the United States and Canada are also required to pay a non-refundable $255 administration fee. This fee will be fully applied to your first semester of tuition. Your application cannot be accepted until these fees ($290 total) are paid.

2Transcript Evaluation

In addition to their transcript, students applying to Southern Virginia from outside the U.S. or Canada are required to submit to the university an evaluation of foreign academic credits by a recognized foreign credential evaluation service as part of their application process.

Recommended Transcript Evaluation Services

World Education Services

Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100


International Educations Services
One Dupont Cir. NW Suite # 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Phone: 202-293-9161
Fax: 202-822-3940

International Education Research Foundation

P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3655
Phone: 310-258-9451
Fax: 310-342-7086


All international students whose primary language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being accepted by Southern Virginia University.

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting your TOEFL scores.

  • TOEFL scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • Applicants taking the TOEFL exam must take all three sections of the exam: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Students should score at least the following:

  • 550 on the paper-based test
  • 213 on the computer-based test
  • 79 on the internet-based test

Exceptional students with lower TOEFL scores may be admitted but will be required to secure ESL tutoring. The cost of any required tutoring in English as a second language must be borne by the student. Since the university does not currently sponsor ESL tutoring, students must rely on their own initiative to identify potential sources of such training.

Visa Requirements

In addition to these admissions procedures, all students from outside of the United States must obtain a student visa. The Registrar’s office coordinates the university’s visa policy.

Learn how to apply for a student visa