For International Students
We are proud of our robust international student population which includes students from over 40 countries around the globe, including matriculated students from the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Brazil, and Nigeria among others. On this page, you will find important information about three requirements related to international students: English Language Proficiency, International Transcripts, and Georgetown's International Student Immigration Questionnaire. If you have any questions about these or other requirements, please contact our Admissions Office for guidance.
English Language Proficiency Exams
In order to succeed academically at Georgetown, students must be able to excel in courses that are reading-and-writing intensive. We require applicants to have either English as their native language or demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). English is considered your native language if it is the only official language of your home country and the primary language spoken in your home. If English is not your native language, evidence of proficiency in its use will be considered in the review of your application for admission, along with your academic and professional credentials.
The School of Continuing Studies requires any applicant whose native language is not English to submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Test of English as a Foreign Language is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). We require a minimum score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based test), 225-250 (computer-based test) or 90-100 (iBT) to be considered for admission. These minimum criteria cannot be waived.
International English Language Testing System is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The minimum score range is 7.0-8.0 to be considered for admission. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) program does not permit the IELTS in its reviews.
An applicant's English proficiency test should be completed in time to allow the official results to be sent to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate application deadline for the intended semester of attendance. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies, personal copies, notarized copies or faxed documents may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Please contact the following organizations to arrange to take an English proficiency examination:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
The Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6155
Princeton, NJ 08541-6155
Telephone: (609) 771-7100
School of Continuing Studies Institution Code: 5986
International English Language Testing System International
100 East Corson St., Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103
Telephone: (626) 564-2054
If you have any questions regarding these policies please contact the Office of Admissions.
Transcripts from International Schools
Applicants must demonstrate that they have completed the degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree to be admitted to a Master's program. In order to ensure that U.S. accreditation standards, degree, course and credit equivalencies are met, all transcripts from schools outside of the United States must be sent to the SCS Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope as part of the application. Transcripts from any Higher Education institution where a degree was earned must be evaluated officially by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. The official evaluation much contain a course-by-course degree transcript review. This process can be lengthy; therefore, we encourage all international students to begin this process well in advance of the application deadline to ensure timely receipt and review by the Office of Admissions. In addition to WES/ECE evaluations of the transcript from institutions from which applicants have earned a degree, official transcripts from all other schools attended must also be mailed to the Office of Admissions in sealed envelopes. If transcripts are not in English they must be accompanied by an official, notarized, English translation. Students applying to a Master's program should complete the degree before obtaining a WES or ECE evaluation; otherwise, an additional evaluation will be required upon degree conferral.
The Office of Admissions can request official WES/ECE evaluations of any student transcript if deemed necessary during the review of an admissions application.
The International Student Immigration Questionnaire and Visa Support
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) works closely with non-U.S. citizen students to ensure the proper completion of all immigration paperwork. All incoming students who are not U.S. citizens are required to complete an International Student Immigration Questionnaire regardless of whether or not they need visa support through the University. This document provides SCS with important information and helps determine whether visa support can be obtained through Georgetown. This completed form and all supporting documentation should be submitted to the School of Continuing Studies before any non-U.S. citizen begins his or her studies at Georgetown.
Please note that admission into an academic program does not guarantee conferral of a visa through the School of Continuing Studies, and only full-time students formally admitted to degree programs in the School of Continuing Studies are eligible for visa consideration. Full-time status for graduate students is defined as 9 credit hours in fall/spring semesters and 6 credit hours in summer. At this time, SCS does not provide visa support to undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS), or EMPS - Emergency & Disaster Management students.
Semester in Washington Applicants
The Semester in Washington program is a non-degree, undergraduate program at Georgetown University that is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students applying to this program typically secure advance permission from their home institution with the goal of earning credit that can be considered for transfer back to that college or university. International applicants who are currently enrolled in degree programs at English-speaking institutions are therefore not required to present TOEFL/IELTS scores for this specific program. However, students should keep in mind that strong English-language skills are needed to succeed in this program. Non-native English speakers applying from foreign institutions must meet the school-wide TOEFL or IELTS criteria described above under "English Language Proficiency Exams." As with all other programs, Semester in Washington applicants must complete an International Student Immigration Questionnaire regardless of whether or not they need visa support through the University. Students in need of visa support through SCS must be enrolled full-time (12 credits in the spring semester; 6 credits in the summer) for consideration.