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International Student Admission

Saint Louis University is a top U.S. university, attracting hundreds of undergraduate and graduate international students from more than 80 countries around the world. With a legacy of innovative academics and research, SLU is home to a diverse community of students receiving a transformative education.

Steps to Applying to SLU: International Students

Step One: Complete an online application.

The online application will ask about your educational background and citizenship to help determine your eligibility. If you are applying to enter SLU as a first-time, freshman student, we’ll also ask you to complete an essay. There is no application fee to apply for undergraduate admission to SLU. 

Applying as a graduate student? Learn how here. 

Step Two: Send transcripts of all secondary work.

Find out from your admission counselor what secondary credentials are required. We’ll evaluate how you’ve done in school up to this point, so please send all transcripts for secondary work, along with their English language translations.

Step Three: Submit proof of your English language proficiency.

These are scores from any standardized test you may have taken to prepare for college — TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, SAT, ACT or Duolingo score. All of our international applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency, and these tests can help us make that determination.

If you do not meet SLU’s direct entry requirements, we encourage you to apply to the Pathway or English Language programs offered by INTO Saint Louis University.

Learn More About SLU's Academic English Pathway Programs

Step Four: Recommended items.

Though not required for admission, submission of a resume of activities and letters of recommendation is encouraged. All undergraduate applicants are also encouraged to complete an admission interview.

Please note, while SLU requires proof of your ability to financially support your attendance, it does not impact your admission decision.

Need Help?

Saint Louis University's international admission counselors can:

  • Assist with your application and transition to the United States
  • Issue your I-20 and help in obtaining your F-1 Student Visa
  • Set up your course schedule and register you for class
  • Introduce you to Saint Louis University, from our student clubs  and organizations to the vibrant city of St. Louis, Missouri

Contact an Admission Counselor

What Does SLU Offer International Students?

Countries represented by SLU students


of SLU students come from outside the U.S.


STEM-qualifying degree programs offered


Among U.S. Catholic colleges, according to Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Get to Know St. Louis

SLU Billiken mascot standing on a rooftop near the Arch

Named the No. 1 city to launch your career by LinkedIn, St. Louis is home to 14 Fortune 1,000, eight Fortune 500 companies and more than 55,000 SLU graduates. 

As the 21st largest metropolitan area in the United States, St. Louis has all the resources of a major international hub while also retaining the charm for which the American Midwest is famous. No matter what country they were born in, almost all of our students say that SLU — and St. Louis — feels like home.

SLU is located in Midtown St. Louis, which has always been known as a cultural center, with award-winning theater and music steps from campus. And just south of campus is a business district known for nearly every type of international cuisine. 

A more than $1 billion investment in nearby development is also transforming SLU's neighborhood. To the west is a 200-acre innovation hub, Cortex. Shopping giants, including Ikea, offer everything students need within walking distance. And the new Prospect Yards district has brought entertainment options, a seven-story hotel, a greenway trail and more. 

Learn More About St. Louis