International Admissions

We welcome the unique perspectives and experiences every international student brings to our community.
International female students smiling at orientation in Falcon Hub

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.

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As of spring 2023 admission, we have a revised list of the agencies from which we will accept international credential evaluations from. Please see International Transcripts and Credential Evaluations for the most up-to-date information on our list of approved companies.

Application Information and Steps to Apply

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.

The below requirements are for international students applying to a graduate program at Fitchburg State University. It is required that you complete your application and submit all of your supporting materials by the application completion deadline for the term in which you are applying to. Should we receive any material following the deadline, your application will be reviewed for the next following eligible enrollment term.

Please note, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science in Computer Science are the only eligible master's programs for F1 visa seeking students.

Required Materials to Apply:

*If you’re currently enrolled in a graduate program at another institution, we must receive that transcript with associated grades in order to review your application for admission.

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.

International Credential Evaluations

Applicants who have completed their schooling outside of the United States are required to submit an international credential evaluation. As of Spring 2023 admission, we accept evaluations and the respective type of evaluation from one of the following credentialing agencies only:

If your documents are in a language other than English and you need them translated, please consult with one of the above evaluation agencies to see if they perform this service.

Note for graduate applicants:
The credential evaluation provides the Admissions Office with a degree equivalency that must demonstrate the degree earned outside of the U.S. is equivalent to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor's degree. If you are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program, please wait to have your credentials evaluated until you have completed your degree. An additional evaluation will be requested if you have coursework in progress. 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

The above evaluation agencies should provide Fitchburg State University with an official copy of your transcript or marksheet. You do not have to separately mail us official copies of your academic credentials. However, if for some reason we do not receive your transcripts, we will need official transcripts sent to us directly. 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 Testing is required for admission. Below are the minimal score requirements for each exam. Please note the test score requirement is waived if the applicant has a U.S. university degree or is from a country where English is an official language (please see the list of countries  below). 

  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based) 550
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) 79
  • TOEFL Essentials 8.5
  • 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

Fall Admission:

  • Application submission deadline for ALL international applicants regardless of visa/enrollment status: July 1
  • Application completion deadline: July 1 - for F1 seeking out of the U.S./first time applicant completion
  • Application completion deadline: August 1 - for F1 seeking applicants in the U.S. transferring from another institution 

Spring Admission:

  • Application submission deadline for ALL international applicants regardless of visa/enrollment status: November 1
  • Application completion deadline: November 1 - for F1 seeking out of the U.S./first time applicant completion
  • Application completion deadline: January 1 - for F1 seeking applicants in the U.S. transferring from another institution 

Costs for the academic year international undergraduate*:
All in U.S. funds 

Costs for the academic year international graduate*:
All in U.S. funds

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

If you are interested in online accelerated program costs refer to the student account pages. 

*Costs are subject to change. Please view the most up-to-date and detailed costs on the student account pages.

The Office of International Education (OIE) provides students from around the world the support you need to ensure you’re getting the most out of your college experience at Fitchburg State. OIE can assist with questions related to the processing of your I20, immigration and visa status support, and provide you with a variety of other resources.

Office of International Education

Phone: 978.665.3089
Email: inthelp@fitchburgstate.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

July 1

Spring Semester

November 1

 

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