Clayton State University welcomes international applicants for enrollment into most of our graduate programs. An international applicant is defined as an applicant who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Foreign Credential Evaluation
If an applicant has completed any coursework, degree, or degrees from institutions outside of the United States, he or she must request an official course-by-course evaluation with GPA from Josef Siney and Associates (www.jsilny.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) to be forward to the following address for review:
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260-0285
Applicants will need to allow ample time and arrange individually with these organizations to have the transcript evaluations sent to Graduate Admissions by the appropriate application deadline. The School of Graduate Studies will not be held responsible for delays that may occur at these organizations or that might occur in mailing.
Once an international applicant is accepted and prior to matriculation in a graduate program, a Financial Verification Form, #6 must be completed, signed, and submitted to Graduate Admissions with original supporting documentation before an I-20 immigration document can be issued. Scans or other electronic copies are not acceptable.
Two original sets of financial documentation should be obtained, as a second original copy of the documents will be needed at the time of the visa interview.
All supporting documents must be issued within thirty (30) days of the date in which the I-20 will be issued.
Once financial documents have been approved by the School of Graduate Studies, an I-20 will be processed and sent to you. The Form I-20 makes you eligible to apply for the F-1 student visa.
- If you will be transferring to Clayton State University from another institution in the US on your F1 visa, your current I-20 will follow you here.
To transfer your I-20:
- Obtain a final acceptance letter from Clayton State University.
- Complete the I-20 Transfer Request Form, # 10.
- Have your current international advisor return the completed form to ISSO, by mail, fax or email as indicated on the form.
- If you have been outside the US more than 5 months, this step is not necessary; in that case, you will receive a new initial I-20 and pay a new SEVIS fee.
In addition to the Financial Verification Form and I-20 Transfer Request Form (if necessary), also submit to Graduate Admissions a copy of your passport’s photo, biographical information, and current or previous F1 visa.
Unfortunately, the School of Graduate Studies is unable to express mail your acceptance letter and I-20 to you. These documents will be mailed to you via regular post of the United States Postal Service. You are welcome to pick those documents up yourself if you are currently in the metro-Atlanta area or you can have a designee pick these materials up on your behalf. You must provide the School of Graduate Studies with a letter indicating the name and contact details of the individual whom you wish to be your designee.
Maintaining Eligibility for F-1 Visa
In order to maintain eligibility for F-1 Visa, the international student must:
- Maintain full-time study.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- If accepted into a new program, prior to the end of the current program, submit new financial support documentation for the duration of the new program.
English Proficiency Requirement
In order to ensure that language barriers do not potentially hinder international students from taking advantage of all available opportunities and in an effort to foster academic success, only those applicants whose native language is not English or whose language of college instruction was not English are required to submit English Language proficiency scores on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL- http://www.ets.org/toefl) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS- http://www.ielts.org/).
Detailed information on the TOEFL may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service at www.ets.org.
Clayton State University’s institution code for the TOEFL is 5145.
The paper based TOEFL exam will take approximately six weeks after your test date for the scores to reach Clayton State University.
The internet based TOEFL exam will take approximately five weeks after your test date for the score to reach Clayton State University.
Th minimum score for the TOEFL is 78 internet-based total or 550 paper-based total. The minimum IELTS total score is 6. Applicants must submit official transcripts from language schools attended.
Applicants whose language of instruction was English should have the Registrar of their home institution submit a letter to Graduate Admissions attesting/certifying that the language of instruction for the baccalaureate degree was English. If this documentation is unavailable, applicants must submit the official acceptable scores on the TOEFL or IELTS.