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Admission of International Students

An international student at APUS is defined as any student who does not hold U.S. citizenship. In addition to the admissions requirements set forth in its policies and procedures, APUS reserves the right to require additional documentation for admission as it deems appropriate or as may otherwise be required by law.

English Proficiency Requirement

English is the official language of the American Public University System. Other than foreign language courses, all classroom requirements are to be completed by the student in English without the use of any translation. To ensure that students have the opportunity to succeed in our courses, students who are not U.S. citizens must provide verification of English proficiency in order to enroll for academic credit in any of our courses.

As of September 15, 2012, APUS requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version for the purpose of meeting the English language requirement. International students will be blocked from registration, or dropped from any initial registration, if it is determined that the TOEFL or equivalent is required to complete the admissions record.

Exemptions

  • U.S. Military: Students who are active duty, reserve status, guard status, or retired U.S. military are exempt from this testing requirement.
  • Previous U.S. Degrees:
    • For Undergraduate programs, students who have already earned an Associate or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution are exempt from this testing requirement.
    • For doctoral programs, students who have Transcripts from a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher in residence at a regionally-accredited college/university in the United States. Or, students who have Transcripts from at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) in residence at a regionally-accredited institution in the United States.
  • Citizenship: Students who are citizens of certain countries, where English is the only official language, may be exempt from this testing requirement. Please contact your admissions representative or review our English Proficiency Requirements to verify if you would be covered by this exemption.
  • Readmissions: Any international students who are currently disenrolled but requesting readmission to APUS will be required to fulfill this admission requirement unless they already successfully completed an APUS course in the past with a grade of C or higher.
  • U.S. High School Graduates: Students who can supply an official transcript of graduation from a U.S. high school whose diploma is recognized by the State Board of Education or students who hold a U.S. GED certificate.

TOEFL and IELTS Results

To have an official TOEFL Score Report mailed directly to our university, the APUS code number 5315 must be supplied to ETS. Students may also send their own scanned copy of their TOEFL or IELTS results to international@apus.edu or fax to 304-724-3788. All test results must be less than 2 years old.

MINIMUM TEST SCORES ACCEPTED

 Undergraduate MinimumGraduate Minimum
TOEFL Paper Based Test

520 with TWE of 4.0

550 with TWE of 4.5

TOEFL Internet Based Test

Reading 21

Reading 24

 

Writing 23

Writing 27

IELTS Academic Test

Reading 6.0

Reading 6.5

 

Writing 6.0

Writing 6.5

Review the TOEFL and IELTS websites for more information.

Students may also arrange to use their ACT Verbal, SAT Verbal, GCE, IGSCE, or GSCE results by contacting us at international@apus.edu.

Non-U.S. Transcripts

If you have post-secondary transcripts from outside the U.S., you may need to have these evaluated by an accepted educational agency to determine their U.S. equivalency. Various international educational firms can interpret the educational backgrounds of people who have studied outside the United States and are in need of statements of U.S. equivalencies (See the list below under “Accepted Credential Evaluation Service Organizations.”). These evaluators issue two main types of reports:

  • Degree-only verification: Verifies the type of degree earned and whether or not the non-U.S. institution is equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution. This is required if you are enrolling in a graduate-level program as you will need to verify that you have the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor degree.
  • Course-by-course evaluation: (Optional) Verifies whether or not the non-U.S. institution is equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution and includes a separate report that provides U.S. semester credit, grade equivalent, and level equivalent (graduate or undergraduate) for each course. The report is used for Transfer Credit Evaluations (TCE). This is only required if you wish to have your previous non-U.S. college work reviewed for potential transfer credit.

Accepted Credential Evaluation Service Organizations

APUS will accept official evaluation reports from the foreign education evaluation agencies listed below. You will be responsible for contacting the agency directly for procedure and fee information:

* Because membership may change throughout the year, applicants with non-U.S. transcripts requiring evaluation should visit the NACES or AICE web sites to see the most current information.

THE EVALUATING AGENCY SHOULD MAIL THE OFFICIAL REPORT TO THIS ADDRESS

American Public University System
Attn:  Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA  20109

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS WITH NO PREVIOUS COLLEGE

You must have earned a standard high school diploma or its international equivalent in order to enroll in an undergraduate program at APUS.  We maintain the right to require you to provide supporting documentation if requested. However, initially no academic documentation will be required except for any English Proficiency reports or verification of residency authorization if currently residing in the U.S.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS WITH PREVIOUS COLLEGE CREDIT

If you have previously completed college level courses, and are enrolling in an Associate or Bachelor degree, you are required to submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) Application as part of your admission process, unless the only previous college coursework you completed was at a non-U.S. university.

If you have not earned the equivalent of a Bachelor degree yet, and you wish to have your previous college credit reviewed for potential transfer credit, you must request the educational agency interpreting your non-U.S. college-level transcript to send a course-by-course evaluation report directly to the university. If you do not wish to have your non-U.S. transcript evaluated for by an outside agency, you will only need to have an official transcript of your studies sent to us from your previous school for your student admission file.

Exception For Canadian Institutions

If you have applied for a transfer credit evaluation and are requesting transfer credit for coursework taken at a Canadian Institution, you are not required to get an International course-by-course evaluation of the Canadian transcript if it meets the following criteria, although you will still need to have an official transcript sent to us:

  • Transcript is in English.
  • Transcript is from a school that is a member of the Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities, OR if accreditation is shown on the transcript from the Ministry of Education of the province, OR if the school has been given degree-granting rights by an act of the Canadian legislature OR if listed as a school already recognized in CHEA database.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

If you are enrolling at APUS in a graduate-level program and your Bachelor or higher degree is from a non-U.S. institution, you must request the educational agency interpreting your non-U.S. college-level transcript to send an official degree-only verification report directly to us. The report must verify that you earned the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

If you have also completed graduate-level course work at a non-U.S. institution and wish to have this credit reviewed for potential transfer credit, you will also need to submit a Transfer Credit Application at APUS and have the educational agency complete a course-by-course evaluation with the report sent directly to us. This is not required and is only if you want to try to transfer credit to APUS.

Exceptions
CANADIAN INSTITUTIONS

You do not need to have your transcript evaluated by an educational agency for degree only verification for admission into one of our graduate programs if your degree was from a Canadian institution that meets one of these conditions:

  • If the school is a member of the Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities.
  • If accreditation is shown on the transcript from the Ministry of Education of the province.
  • If the school has been given degree-granting rights by an act of the Canadian legislature.
SWEDISH DEFENSE COLLEGE

Our university accepts official documentation for students completing programs from the Swedish Defense College as the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree without requiring an educational agency evaluation.

If you have more questions about international document requirements, please e-mail us at international@apus.edu.

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