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Find your way at Saint Louis University. SLU is a high-quality academic destination, attracting nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate international students from more than 75 countries around the world. With a legacy of innovative academics and research, SLU is a diverse community of students receiving a transformative education.

Our  international admission counselors are here to help:

  • 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 — our student clubs, organizations and the vibrant city of St. Louis, Missouri

Applying to SLU – International Students

If you live outside the United States, or attended secondary school outside of the United States, applying to SLU generally takes four steps:

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.

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.

Step Four: Recommended items.

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

Applying to a Graduate Program? 

Saint Louis University offers some of the top academic programs in the nation, including many competitive master's and doctoral options. In fact, 13 of SLU's programs were judged to be in the top 50 nationwide — including a No. 1 spot for our health law program — in 2019 U.S. News & World Report  rankings.

Learn More About International Graduate Admission at SLU


INTO SLU provides  instruction and pathway programs international students who need additional English-language and academic preparation. Upon successful completion of the INTO SLU program, students gain full admission into one of SLU’s participating undergraduate or graduate programs. 

Learn more about INTO SLU

Apply to INTO SLU