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International students come to Clayton State from all over the world, from Albania to Zimbabwe and many places in between. Our suburban location and proximity to the city of Atlanta allow our students to experience life in a quiet suburb just beyond the bright city lights of a major metropolis.

If you’re an international student ready to bring your diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives to a thriving, supportive university, then Clayton State is for you!

Application Requirements

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants whose primary native language or primary language of institutional instruction is not English must document proof of proficiency in English through one of the following options. (Official test scores must arrive directly from the testing source. No photocopies, faxes, scans or email attachments are accepted.):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 75 total on the internet-based TOEFL (ibT) or 550+ on the paper-based TOEFL
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with minimum scores of 6.5 total

Other methods to meet English proficiency:

  • Minimum score of 430 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT or 17 on the ACT
  • Completion of an approved intensive ESL program at one of the following USG (University System of Georgia) schools:
    • Georgia Perimeter College - Advanced Level ENSL 0090/0091 or ENGL 1101
    • Georgia State University - English for Academic Purposes Program, level 5 (Advanced)
    • Georgia Tech - Upper Advanced 700 Level ESL + Certificate of Completion
    • Other USG ESL programs may be acceptable

Contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to inquire

  • Earned a grade of "C" or better in College English / English Composition and Rhetoric from a regionally accredited US college or university
  • Two years of English (not ESL) taken in a US high school with grades of "C" or better

I-20/Student Visa Requirements


Fall: July 15

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15