Information for International Applicants
International students are a large and vital part of the Georgetown community and come from every part of the world. Each year, international students typically make up almost 30% of our incoming class.
- GRE and TOEFL Online – ETS has announced that the GRE and TOEFL exams can now be completed online for those impacted by the closure of testing centers. Fore more information and registration details visit the following ETS pages: TOEFL (new window) (new window) and GRE (new window) (new window).
- Duolingo English Test – Where TOEFL and IELTS tests are unavailable, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test results as proof of English proficiency for the Summer and Fall 2020 admission terms. The Duolingo English Test will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for those applicants impacted by the closures. A minimum score of 115 is required for admission, however, programs may require a higher minimum score. In addition to providing a score above the minimum, applicants will be required to complete an online Zoom or Skype interview, or live writing sample, as directed by the program’s Director of Graduate Studies.
In just the past few years alone, students from the following countries have enrolled in the Graduate School:
Proof of English Language Proficiency
All applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission. Please note that citizenship alone does not determine English language proficiency. Proof of English language proficiency can be demonstrated by:
- the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. The degree does not have to be earned by the time of application but will need to be conferred by the start of the semester to which the applicant is applying. (Please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English.)
- submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 80. Many departments and programs require submission of a TOEFL score of 100.
- submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0. Some departments and programs require submission of an IELTS score of 7.5.
All official TOEFL and/or IELTS examination results must be:
- received by the application deadline listed in the Admissions Requirements section of each graduate program listing (we recommend taking the test no later than one month prior to the application deadline for the program)
- received directly from the appropriate testing organization
- submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions (ETS Code – 5244)
Transcripts, Translations and Evaluations
International Transcripts: Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to upload their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations or may utilize other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Applicants should upload this evaluation directly to the application. If the evaluation does not include a copy of the transcripts that were evaluated, applicants must upload both the transcripts from the institution and the credential evaluation as one document to the application. Note: Some programs require a credential evaluation (WES or similar) for international transcripts. Please review the program admission requirements to determine if a credential evaluation is required.
For transcripts not in English: These documents must be accompanied by an English language version provided by the academic institution. If your institution does not provide English language copies, applicants are responsible for uploading a certified or notarized translation along with a copy of the original transcripts to the application. Applicants may upload an evaluation from a credential evaluation service. This must include course and grade information. If not included in the evaluation, the transcript from the institution must be included as well. Both the evaluation and original transcript should be submitted in the application as one document.
Other Application Materials
For all other application materials, international students need to follow the same procedures as all other applicants. You will find all the application instructions in the How to Apply (new window) section.
International students are eligible for internal institutional funds (such as assistantships, fellowships and scholarships) and for support drawn from federal and other research grants; however international students are generally not eligible for federal loan money from the United States government.
Internal Graduate School financial aid is merit-based and all applicants are eligible to compete for available funds. Merit-based scholarships are available to students registered in most doctoral and many master’s programs and these funding sources pay part or all of tuition. Assistantships and fellowships normally include a stipend and a full tuition scholarship. To be considered for merit-based aid, simply answer “yes” to the financial aid question within the application.
For further information and resources on available funding for international students, please visit the Financial Aid for International Students page.
International applicants should not submit supporting financial and sponsorship documentation during the initial application process, but should instead wait until after an official offer of admission has been made.
If an offer of admission is made, all non-US citizens who plan to study in F-1 or J-1 status at Georgetown must indicate their requested status on the confirmation of enrollment form.
Soon after you confirm your enrollment, you will receive instructions to request a Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 or J-1 status (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) from the Office of Global Services (OGS). Students are strongly encouraged to submit all requirements as soon as possible, as the student visa process increasingly presents challenges.
Students who will study in a status other than F-1 or J-1 have no OGS reporting requirements.
For general guidance on graduate study in the United States, international students may want to contact an EducationUSA (new window) advising center. EducationUSA is the U.S. State Department’s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries around the world. These centers are designed to assist international students as they prepare to apply to and attend colleges and universities in the United States.