International Admissions

We welcome the unique perspectives and experiences every international student brings to our community.
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We welcome applicants from all over the world. We are here to support you as you explore your options for advancing your education. Below, you will find important information about application deadlines and requirements. 

Priority Deadlines

Spring 2021

November 1

Fall 2021

March 15

(Applications will be accepted on a special basis after this date for the fall 2021 semester)

International Admission Requirements

International Undergraduate | International Graduate

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Required Materials to Apply:

Optional Materials:

  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay
  • Resume*

*Pre-Nursing majors must submit a resumé

To understand how we evaluate a student application for admittance please follow the links to the appropriate pages.

Additional information such as costs and deadlines to apply can be found at the bottom of this page.


International Graduate Admission Requirements

The below requirements are for international students applying to a graduate program at Fitchburg State University. It is highly recommended that you complete your application and submit all of your supporting materials by the priority deadline for the term in which you are applying to. We will continue to review applications and credentials after the priority deadline and will do our best to get you in for the term in which you have applied.

International Credential Evaluations

Applicants who have attended and earned their bachelor's degree outside of the United States are required to submit a general evaluation. We accept evaluations from the following credentialing agencies:

The credential evaluation provides the Graduate Admission Office with a degree equivalency that must demonstrate the degree earned outside of the U.S. is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. If you have completed any coursework or degree beyond a bachelor's degree in another country, it is advised to have those transcripts or mark sheets evaluated as well.

Official Transcripts or Mark Sheets

Many NACES and AICE member agencies will provide us with official copies of your academic credentials. In lieu of this, we will need official transcripts or mark sheets from all post-secondary work. Please note that any application item submitted to Fitchburg State University becomes the property of the institution and we are unable to return any documents received. 

English Proficiency

English Proficiency Testing is required for admission. Below are the minimal score requirements for each exam. Please note the test score requirement is waived if applicant has a U.S. university degree or is from a country where English is an official language. 

  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based) 550
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) 79
  • IELTS undergraduate - 6.0, graduate - 6.5
  • Duolingo undergraduate - 95, graduate - 105
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) undergraduate - 50, graduate - 58

    The TOEFL code for Fitchburg State University is 3518.

English proficiency requirements may be waived for applicants who received a degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or your first/native language is English and you are from one of the following countries:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Requirements for graduate admissions can vary by program. Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for the full list of requirements and links to the program pages.

Application Information

If you need additional help, please contact the Office of International Education for more information.

Apply online

*Students who hold an FI Visa are not eligible to apply for the Summer

You can always check the status of your application by visiting this Admissions page.

The Office of International Education will assist you with immigration concerns and cultural adjustments, as well as sponsors programs and activities that promote cross-cultural exchange on campus.

Refer to our Guide for International Applicants for additional information.

Costs for the academic year undergraduate (2021-22)*:

Tuition and fees: $16,735
Living Expenses: $8,000**
Health Insurance: $3,504
TOTAL (US funds) $28,239

Costs for the academic year graduate (2021-22)*:

Tuition and fees: $6.012
Living Expenses: $9,000
Health Insurance: $3,504
TOTAL (US funds) $18,516

Additionally, these minimum costs must be noted on the official bank letter that F-1 visa applicants must submit.

*Costs are subject to change. Please view the most up-to-date and detailed costs on the Student Account page.
**Estimated

Yes! All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Undergraduate applicants are required to submit a “course by course” evaluation.

Approved Credential Evaluation Agencies

Original credential evaluation reports showing the United States equivalency for academic credentials earned in other countries may be provided by:

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit testing to demonstrate English proficiency; except for those who have earned a high school, associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from an institution in the United States OR applicants from Great Britain, Ghana, Guyana, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Canada, or any English speaking country of the Caribbean.

For all undergraduate applicants, the TOEFL, IELTS or DUOLINGO is accepted - the minimum passing score for the TOEFL is 79 (Internet-based), IELTS (Academic Test) result is 6.0, and the minimum passing Duolingo English Test result is 95.

Undergraduate applicants can submit exams scores from either the SAT or ACT exams. Scores received will be evaluated as part of the application and used to determine the academic ability for success at Fitchburg State University. Applicants can choose to be test optional. 

All exams must be completed before an admission decision can be made.

Fitchburg State Codes for Official Test Scores

  • SAT code is 3518
  • ACT code is 1902
  • TOEFL code is 3518
  • IELTS (No code please select Fitchburg State as a recipient)

Priority deadlines for ALL international applicants:

  • Fall Semester (Begins in September)
  • March 15 (for students seeking on campus housing)
  • June 1 (if seeking off campus housing)
  • Spring Semester (Begins in January)
  • November 1

The Admissions Office will try its best to process any applicants or documents received after the priority dates. Late applications may be considered for admission for a later semester at the discretion of the Admissions Office.

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