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International applicants who need F-1 or J-1 visa support must submit all application materials by the Priority Deadlines to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed.
If after fully reading this page, you have any questions about these or other requirements, please contact our Admissions Office for guidance.
In order to succeed academically at Georgetown, students must be able to excel in courses that are reading-and-writing intensive. We require applicants to have either English as their native language or demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). English is considered your native language if it is the only official language of your home country and the primary language spoken in your home. If English is not your native language, evidence of proficiency in its use will be considered in the review of your application for admission, along with your academic and professional credentials.
The School of Continuing Studies requires any applicant whose native language is not English to submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Test of English as a Foreign Language is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). We require aminimum score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based test), 225-250 (computer-based test) or 90-100 (iBT) to be considered for admission. These minimum criteria cannot be waived.
International English Language Testing System is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP; IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The minimum score range is 7.0-8.0 to be considered for admission. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) program does not permit the IELTS in its reviews.
An applicant's English proficiency test should be completed in time to allow the official results to be sent to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate application deadline for the intended semester of attendance. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies, personal copies, notarized copies or faxed documents may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Please contact the following organizations to arrange to take an English proficiency examination:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
The Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6155
Princeton, NJ 08541-6155
Telephone: (609) 771-7100
School of Continuing Studies Institution Code: 5986
If you have any questions regarding these policies please contact the Office of Admissions .
Applicants must demonstrate that they have completed the degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be admitted to a master's program. In order to ensure that U.S. accreditation standards, degree, course and credit equivalencies are met, transcripts from higher education institutions outside the U.S. must be evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators .
For applicants who hold a degree from a higher education institution outside the U.S.: Students who have earned a degree at an international school must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from either World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) in order to be considered for admission.
For applicants who are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program outside the U.S.. Applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully completed the degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree before they may be considered for admission to a master's program. Please be advised Georgetown SCS will not review graduate admissions applications while a bachelor’s degree is in-progress at a higher education institution outside the U.S. Students applying to a master's program should complete the degree before obtaining a WES or ECE evaluation (see “Applicants who hold a degree from a higher education institution outside the U.S.” above).
The Office of Admissions can request a transcript from a study abroad program or an official WES/ECE evaluation if deemed necessary during the review of an admissions application. In certain cases, students who have participated in a formal study abroad program through their home institution may not need to submit a separate transcript from their visiting school. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information regarding your particular circumstances.
The WES/ECE evaluation process can be lengthy; therefore, we encourage all international students to begin this process well in advance of the application deadline to ensure timely receipt and review by the Office of Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to be proactive in working with admissions advisors to ensure that all necessary documentation is submitted on time. Please contact the Office of Admissions at scsadmissions@georgetownshould you have any specific questions regarding your transcripts or application.
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) works closely with non-U.S. citizen students to ensure the proper completion of all immigration paperwork. All incoming international students eligible for immigration support through Georgetown SCS are required to complete an International Student Immigration Questionnaire. This completed form and all supporting documentation should be submitted to the School of Continuing Studies before any non-U.S. citizen begins his or her studies at Georgetown. View a step-by-step guide to our processes here .
Please note that admission into an academic program does not guarantee conferral of a visa through the School of Continuing Studies, and only full-time students formally admitted to degree programs in the School of Continuing Studies are eligible for visa consideration. Full-time status for graduate students is defined as 9 credit hours in fall/spring semesters and 6 credit hours in summer. At this time, SCS does not provide visa support to undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) students.