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International Admission Requirements

The following criteria pertains only to international applicants to the Main Campus programs. This information is to be applied along with the Admissions Policy and General Requirements information found on the main Graduate Admission Requirements page.

International Admission Process

  • Complete the La Verne Application for Admission by the stated deadline.
  • Submit all college/university transcripts.  Transcripts must be translated into English and must come directly from the issuing institution to the University of La Verne.  Hand-carried copies are not accepted.  Copies of your official university diploma in English and the native language, and native language transcripts should be submitted as well (if applicable). It is highly recommended that international students review the Transcript Guidelines page to ensure that documents submitted to the university will be considered official. Students who earned degrees from institutions using a marks grading or testing system should obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation by an approved NACES institution.
  • Submit letters of recommendation, as required by your department.
  • Submit official proof of Language Proficiency: Applicants who have not completed their bachelor’s degree level education at a school in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
  1. A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 80 iBt. Some programs require a higher score.
  2. A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Some programs require a higher score.
  3. Completion of English 112 at the ELS Language Center.

Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne. Unofficial copies will not be accepted.

  • Provide a copy of a current passport, current La Verne Financial Statement (found on the Office of International Student Services website, under “Forms”), and supporting bank documentation.
  • Submit other Admission Documents as may be required. These requirements are listed in the University Catalog, though you may also contact your Associate Director of Admission for additional information.

Issuance of Decision

La Verne mails all admissions decisions via regular airmail which can take 2-4 weeks to reach its destination. If you would like to request express mailing of your admissions decision, you may provide us with a pre-paid waybill (you will find instructions on our Frequently Asked Questions page under International Student Processes/Special Requirements). We recommend that you do this at the time that your application status changes to “complete.” For information on checking the status of your application online, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Issuance of I-20/DS-2019

International students with F-1 or J-1 visas may apply to and attend only on Main Campus.

La Verne is authorized to issue an I-20/DS-2019 only after international applicants have been accepted for admission and have submitted the $200 non-refundable tuition deposit. Admitted students should follow the directions on the admission letter to remit the deposit. Within 5-7 days of submission, a notification will be sent to the Office of International Student Engagement (OISE). OISE will contact admitted international students directly with instructions on obtaining an I-20/DS-2019 to the University of La Verne. Please note that admitted students should report any change in contact information to the Office of Graduate Admission, but that the Office of Graduate Admission does not assist in the I-20/DS-2019 issuance process.