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All International Students must submit the following materials to be considered for admittance into a Graduate Program at Long Island University:

  1. A $500.00 deposit towards your tuition.
  2. An Affidavit of Support or Original/Attested Bank Statement along with an Affidavit of Support Form* showing at least $23,000.00 in US Dollars for tuition for one academic year and an additional $13,373.00 in US Dollars for living expenses for one academic year. (A total of $36,474) We must receive an affidavit for the total amount of $36,474.00 in order for a I-20 visa to be issued.
  3. Official TOEFL score of 550 or better.
  4. A completed Long Island University Admission Application for International Students with the $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  5. Professional Letters of Recommendation (2 for most programs).
  6. Official transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended, accompanied by official notarized English translations. Foreign Credentials need to be evaluated by one of the evaluation agencies listed below:

    * World Education Services, Inc. (
    PO Box 745 Old Chealsea Station, NY, NY 100113-0745

    * Globe Languages Services Evaluation Service
    319 Broadway, NY, NY 10007

    * Center for Applied Research, Evaluation & Education, Inc.
    PO Box 20348, Long Beach, California 90801

    * Education Credential Evaluators
    PO Box 17499, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217

  7. A typed essay explaining your primary purpose in undertaking advanced study.
  8. Copies of your immunization records for Measles, Mumps and Rubella and a completed Meningococcal form. Only students born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the Measles, Mumps and Rubella form.
  9. A copy of your Social Security number (if you have one).

* Note: Affidavit of Support Forms can be downloaded from the Web site:

You will need a form known as an I-20 as well as a visa.You will need an I-20 in order to obtain a visa to the United States, which you must obtain from the U.S. embassy in your country.

Please be advised that in order for the Office of Admissions to process an I-20*, you must:

  1. Be accepted into a degree program
  2. Notify us of your decision to attend
  3. Send in your affidavit of support ($36,474.00)and an original bank statement
  4. Send in the $500.00 deposit towards your tuition

*Note: The I-20 will be mailed to the applicant's home country address if a J-1 Visa was submitted. The applicant must then obtain and submit a F-1 Visa to the RGC or WGC Admissions Office in order to register for classes.

It is also mandatory that you have a current Health Insurance Policy at the time of attendance in classes at Long Island University's Hudson Graduate Centers.


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