International Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate International Student Admissions

Based on U.S. Homeland Security regulations, international students must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for campus-based study in the United States under a student (F-1) visa. International applicants who wish to complete a degree online are not eligible for issuance of a student (F-1) visa.

International applicants and applicants submitting transcripts from non-U.S. academic institutions must have non-U.S. transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluation agency.  Official copies of foreign transcript evaluations may be accepted in lieu of original copies of transcripts if the transcript evaluation is received by Pacific Oaks College directly from the evaluation service or provided to Pacific Oaks College by the applicant in an unopened/sealed envelope.

The transcript evaluation must include:

  1. A detailed report (course-by-course evaluation)
  2. A U.S. degree equivalency
  3. A U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalency

Approved transcript evaluation agencies are:

  • ACREVS (Academic & Credential Records Evaluation & Verification Service), or
  • A verifiable current member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)
  • A verifiable current member of AICES (Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.)

Transcript evaluations are not required from American universities operating overseas, provided the institution is regionally accredited by a recognized U.S. regional accrediting body, with grades report on a U.S. 4-point scale.

International students are required to demonstrate final pre-requisite degree conferral. An international student who is conditionally admitted with proof of final degree conferral pending will be permitted until the start of the second term to provide required degree conferral documents.

All international applicants for whom English is a second language, with the exception of applicants who have an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or 60 transfer credits from an institution in which the language of instruction is English, must submit official scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS is required for admission. Scores must be no more than 2 years old.

Students in a non-immigrant status are not eligible for U.S. financial aid. Upon gaining acceptance to a campus-based program, accepted applicants who request sponsorship for a student visa (F-1) must submit a New Student Information Form and supporting documentation before a certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant students (I-20) can be issued.

 

Graduate International Student Admissions

Based on U.S. Homeland Security regulations, international students must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for campus-based study in the United States under a student (F-1) visa. International applicants who wish to complete a degree online are not eligible for issuance of a student (F-1) visa.

International applicants must have non-U.S. transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluation agency.

The transcript evaluation must include:

  1. A detailed report (course-by-course evaluation)
  2. A U.S. degree equivalency
  3. A U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalency

Transcript evaluations are not required from American universities operating overseas, provided the institution is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with grades reported on a U.S. 4-point scale.

International students are required to demonstrate final pre-requisite degree conferral. An international student who is conditionally admitted with proof of final degree conferral pending will be permitted until the start of the second term to provide required degree conferral documents.

All international applicants for whom English is a second language, with the exception of applicants who have an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or 60 transfer credits from an institution in which the language of instruction is English, must submit official scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS is required for admission. Scores must be no more than 2 years old.

Students in a non-immigrant status are not eligible for U.S. financial aid. Upon gaining acceptance to a campus-based program, accepted applicants who request sponsorship for a student visa (F-1) must submit a New Student Information Form and supporting documentation before a certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant students (I-20) can be issued.