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To study in the United States requires substantial preparation and careful advance planning. Students who are interested in attending the University of Louisville should read the requirements for admissions and academic programs, in addition to the international requirements. Applications should be received by the Graduate Admissions Office well before the student wishes to begin studies. Please refer to the following application deadlines for processing of international student applications. Please note specific programs may set earlier deadlines than the ones listed. Consult with your program for additional information:


Fall Semester Term (begins late August) - Deadline is May 1st

Spring Semester Term (begins early January) - Deadline is November 1st

Summer Term(s) (three short terms: May, June, July) - Deadline is April 1st

The application fee of $60.00 (U.S. Dollars) must be paid and is not refundable. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the University of Louisville.

The following credentials are also required.

1.  Academic Records: A complete academic record includes all courses of study completed and degrees or certificates earned at the collegiate level. Secondary school records are not normally required of those applying to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, but records of all credit earned since secondary school are required. Consult with an advisor in the program where you plan to study. Applicants who have attended institutions outside the United States may be required to submit their academic records to one of the following organizations for a general evaluation:

Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202, USA


World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745, USA


Official transcripts of credit earned from U.S. educational institutions should be mailed directly to:

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292, USA

2.  Letters of Recommendation: Graduate applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work.

3.  English Proficiency:  All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 550 or higher on the paper-based test for verification of English proficiency. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam.

Information concerning the TOEFL exam can be obtained from or 1-877-863-3546.

Information concerning the IELTS exam can be obtained from

Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be exempt from this requirement.

4.  Special Tests:  Graduate applicants seeking a Master of Business Administration degree are required to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). For information write to: GMAT, Educational Testing Service, Box 966, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA. Applicants to all other graduate programs must take the Aptitude Section of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. The Advanced Section may be required at the discretion of an individual department. Consult the graduate catalog or the individual department to learn the requirements for your department. Information and registration material may be obtained from :

Educational Testing Service
Box 955
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

5.  Financial Statement: You will be asked to document that you have adequate financial resources to support your educational and living expenses for the duration of your studies in the U.S. Acceptable documentation would include:

Original bank statement(s)
Original affidavit of support from a sponsor who is a US citizen or legal permanent resident specifying the amount and duration of the support and validity for attendance at the University of Louisville (the name and relationship of the sponsor to the student must be clear on the official letter)

Official letter from government indicating financial sponsorship Students holding F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visas must complete the Supplement for International Students.

Additionally, students from countries whose government restricts the amount of money which may be sent abroad for their education, must submit a letter of approval from the currency control authorities stating that they will be eligible for currency exchange if accepted.

Graduate applicants are eligible to apply to their major department for consideration for competitive teaching or research assistantships.

6.  Notification of Admission Decision: When you have submitted all credentials, your application will be reviewed by the departmental admissions committee. The respective office and personnel will make a decision and you will be notified. Please do not make arrangements for travel to the U.S. until you receive a written offer of admission from the University and approval of your I-20 or IAP-66 form. Admission to the University of Louisville is for a specific level of study in a particular school. Admission for one level of study in a given subject does not mean that admission to a higher level, or to another subject, will follow. Admission as a non-degree, special, or conditional student does not imply that candidacy for a degree will result later. Successful completion of the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program does not guarantee admission to an academic program unless such a written commitment has been made to you.

NOTE: We do not usually admit international applicants as non-degree or special students.

When you have met all requirements, the International Student Coordinator will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for Student or DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor). This certificate is necessary to obtain a U.S. visa. The form will verify your eligibility for admission as determined by your academic qualifications, level of English proficiency, and confirmation of financial support. The estimated cost of one year's study will also be included. The certificate, along with a valid passport and proof of sufficient financial support for your studies, should be taken to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country.

Your decision to study in the U.S. will require thoughtful planning. We recommend that you contact the local U.S. Consulate/ Embassy for advice and reference materials about U.S. colleges and universities. You may address all other inquires to the:

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY, 40292, USA

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