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Below are some frequently asked questions about applying and being admitted to Saint Louis University as an international student.

Do I need to submit a TOEFL score?

All international applicants to Saint Louis University are required to demonstrate their English proficiency. You can do this by sending us your paper-based or internet-based TOEFL scores. SLU also accepts scores from the IELTS, the SAT and the ACT.

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.

English Language Proficiency Requirements
Conditional Admission for International Students

How do I qualify for an I-20?

You must submit proof that you have the necessary financial support to attend SLU as an international student to receive an I-20 form. The estimated amount for tuition and living expenses for one academic year is $70,000 USD for undergraduate students. Please send financial documents and a copy of your passport to

Will my ability to pay tuition affect my admission to SLU?

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

How do I apply for scholarships and financial aid?

Financial aid is available to international students attending the St. Louis campus. 

You are automatically considered for SLU’s merit-based scholarships as part of your application for admission. In addition, there are two scholarships that require separate applications and are open to first-time freshman — the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. There are also several scholarships specifically for transfer students  from other colleges or universities.

Have you received my documents?

We recommend contacting your international admission counselor to check on the status of your application.

I’ve been admitted. What should I do next?

Your electronic admission packet contains instructions on next steps and other useful information. You can also reference the Be a Billiken check list.

Studying at Saint Louis University as an International Student

Do I have to live on campus?

All first-time freshmen are required to live on campus for their first four consecutive semesters. Transfer students are not required to live on campus after their junior year, but you can submit a housing deposit and application if you would like to do so. 

Housing Options at SLU

When should I arrive in St. Louis?  

The office of International Services offers airport pick-up services before the start of the fall, spring and summer semesters. 

Airport Pick-up Registration and Upcoming Dates

I can’t log in to my mySLU account or/ I forgot my password. What should I do?

Contact SLU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) at or at 314-977-4000.

Still have questions? Contact your international admission counselor or visit SLU's Office of International Services, which will walk you through visa information, arriving in St. Louis and getting acclimated in the U.S. and on SLU's campus.