International Students

Thank you for considering Seattle University to pursue your graduate degree. We welcome students from a variety of countries each year and our alumni live throughout the world.


International students have additional requirements beyond the general application.


We will assume responsibility for an evaluation of your required academic records for applicants who completed coursework outside of the United States. The evaluation is not an English translation of the academic records, but a separate document determining if the degree received outside the U.S. is equivalent to a U.S. degree and a GPA is calculated. 

An official original set of transcripts, degree certificates and/or graduation certificates must be submitted to Seattle University upon admission. Documents are considered official only when they arrive in the original envelope from the issuing institution or sent electronically via a secured institution to institution system. If your official documents are received in English we would not ask for them in the original language as well.

ATTENTION: We recognize in these unusual times related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be more difficult for your to obtain the transcripts and agency evaluations needed for a timely admissions process. Please bookmark our website that outlines accommodations we are able to make at this time.

Applicants seeking an F-1 student visa

Applicants seeking an F-1 student visa must also submit the Declaration of Finances form. 

Applicants for whom English is a non-native language

Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status. English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). Many of these test companies are making accommodations in most countries during the COVID-19 restrictions.

**Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be accepting the Duolingo English Test. The minimum score required for regular admission is 110. Scores between 95-105 will be sufficient to enter through our English Language Cultural Bridge program  The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken on-demand in under an hour at a cost of $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Seattle University when your results are sent. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Graduate and post baccalaureate applicants who received a baccalaureate degree or higher from Seattle University or a recognized college or university in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Kenya, Singapore, Belize, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago will not be required to submit English proficiency test scores. Students earning a degree in a country other than those listed above may provide official documentation from the degree-granting institution verifying that all instruction was in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the university is required.

Seattle University maintains the right to require English proficiency testing when deemed necessary.

The chart below outlines the English proficiency requirements for general admission as well as admission to the English Culture and Language Bridge Program. For more information on what the TOEFL consists of and a list of official testing centers visit the ETS web site. Both score requirements are listed below.

Exam Description Graduate, General Admission Graduate, ELCB Program
TOEFL (Internet) SU Code: 4695 86 68
IELTS   6.5 6
Pearson Test of English   63% 58%
Duolingo   110 95-105

* Some graduate programs are not able to accommodate ELCB students in the curriculum as designed, so admitted students would need to complete ELCB prior to starting their graduate studies.

Alternative method to meeting the English proficiency requirement:


In order to allow for application processing, overseas mailings and visa processing, international applicants living overseas should submit an application six months prior to the quarter they wish to enroll or the program deadline, whichever is earlier.

While you may submit applications after the deadlines, those who submit complete applications by the following dates will receive priority consideration. If applications are submitted with insufficient time for processing and enrollment for the requested term, you may be asked to update your application to a later term.

  • Fall Quarter (September): April 1
  • Winter Quarter (January): September 1
  • Spring Quarter (March): December 1 
  • Summer Quarter (June): January 1

English Language and Culture Bridge Program

The courses offered in the English Language and Culture Bridge are highly advanced, with a specific focus on university-level reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In addition, the course work concentrates on the American academic culture and the specific preparation for requirements at Seattle University. For more information, call + or consult the English Language Learning Center website.

Students with English proficiency scores in the ELCB range will take a placement essay test upon arrival at Seattle University. Some students may have their ELCB requirement waived based upon the results of the placement essay test.

Visa and Immigration


Please allow at least two weeks for processing your I-20 after all required documents have been received.