International Student Checklist: A To-Do List for Students From Outside the U.S.

Starting your college search far away from the university you want to attend? There is some extra work involved, but it's worth it. Here's what you need to do if you'll be an international student at an American college or university.

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Applying to College

  • Study for college admission tests.
  • Apply for a passport.
  • Take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. The ACT or SAT is also accepted. Submit these scores to the schools you are interested in.
  • Contact your college admission counselor. Saint Louis University has admission counselors specifically for incoming international students.
  • Apply. Make sure the name on your college application exactly matches that on your passport.
  • Send original or certified secondary school transcripts. Credentials that are required might vary by country. All official transcripts should be accompanied by English translations.
  • Recommended additional steps: Schedule an admission interview with your college admission counselor, and send an activity resume and letters of recommendation.
  • Apply for financial aid.

Accepted to College