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Seton Hall University

International Graduate Applicants  

Seton Hall welcomes applications from international students for admission into full-time graduate degree programs. The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides counseling and support for all student visa and immigration issues, and also assists international students in becoming active members of the University and surrounding community. OIP offers a variety of services and social/cultural activities for this purpose.

International admission requirements include the following items.

  • completed application form and application fee
  • original transcript of academic credentials (all credentials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations)
  • Transcripts from institutions not accredited in the United States or Canada must also be evaluated, course-by-course, by an organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • official scores attained on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • official scores attained on the appropriate entrance examination required by the department
  • letters of reference (varies according to program)

Student Visas

International students requiring a student visa will also need to submit additional documents which are required by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Upon admission to the University, the Office of International Programs will review these documents and determine if they are sufficient to issue an I-20.  An I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa.

The documentation necessary for an I-20 includes the following requirements.

  • Declaration and Certification of Finances with attached proof of ability to pay for the cost of education
  • Request for Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) form
  • International students currently residing in the United States must also fill out a Visa Sponsorship Transfer Form indicating the SEVIS release date

All international students are required to enroll full-time (at least 9 credits for graduate students) and comply with all other requirements of maintaining visa status. It is the responsibility of each international student to familiarize him/herself with and abide by immigration regulations. The OIP serves to counsel students on these issues as well as report immigration matters to USCIS through SEVIS (the federal immigration database). Questions about initial I-20 issuance or maintaining visa status should be directed to the OIP in Presidents Hall, Room 322 or by e-mail at or by phone at (973) 761-9072. Information on immigration regulations and details about documents required for I-20 issuance are available on the OIP Web site.

No documents submitted as part of the application process will be returned nor will any requests to duplicate documents be honored.

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