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:
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.
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.
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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.
Students should score at least the following:
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.
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.