International Graduate Students

International Graduate Admissions Requirements

International students are selected for graduate admission to Central Connecticut State University based on a review of their academic success in their previous education.

When filling out your international student application and all other related documents, be sure to use your full name as it appears on your passport.

To be considered for admission, international graduate applicants must submit the following:

In addition to the application, application fee, and program-specific requirements, international students must also complete the following requirements.

  • English language proficiency requirement (Unless waived by the University).

An undergraduate academic degree from an U.S. institution of higher education or from an overseas institution where the primary medium of instruction is English may be considered as proof of English competency.

Antigua and Barbuda Sierra Leone
Austalia Swaziland
Bahamas Tanzania
Barbados Trinidad and Tobago
Belize Uganda
Cameroon United Kingdom
Canada United States
Dominica Zambia
Fiji Zimbabwe
New Zealand
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Central Connecticut State University reserves the right to require additional evidence of competency or to require that students admitted to graduate programs take courses to develop their English language skills. Decisions regarding the need for such courses will be made by the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Research, and Faculty Development in conjunction with the student’s advisor and appropriate staff from the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education.

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) includes highly participatory instruction in reading, writing, listening, grammar, pronunciation, speaking and TOEFL preparation. The IELP also administers an institutional TOEFL test five times per year.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information on the TOEFL may be obtained from Educational Testing Services. The three versions of the TOEFL that a prospective student may take are listed here with minimum acceptable scores:
    • Internet: minimum score of 79
    • Computer: minimum score of 213
    • Paper: minimum score of 550
  • The International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS) is also accepted. A minimum band score of 6.5 is required for admissions consideration.
  • Duolingo English Test(DET)minimum score of 105 is also accepted.
  • Completed Affidavit of Support verifying that a sponsor will provide the Estimated Expenses in U.S. dollars to you for each calendar year of study at CCSU
  • Official transcripts and records of undergraduate and graduate studies from all institutions attended.
  • Original translations of academic records produced and verified by the educational institution in the home country, or by a U.S. academic credential translation service, if such materials are not in English. Official notarized copies of originals are acceptable as well.
  • An original foreign credentials course-by-course evaluation report from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The evaluation should include verification of the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.


International students should apply by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Important Information

  • Central Connecticut State University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant, permanent resident students. These students will be required to submit proof of immigration status.
  • There is at present no financial aid available for non-U.S. students. Graduate assistantships may be available to international students who are available for on-campus interviews and/or who have successfully completed a semester of graduate study at Central Connecticut State University.
  • International students seeking an F1 VISA are not eligible to apply for non-degree seeking graduate programs and programs for Connecticut teachers or teacher preparation.
  • Pre-Arrival Details: For important information prior to arriving at CCSU, International students should visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.

Admissions Contact Information

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions
George R. Muirhead Center for International Education (CIE)
International Student & Scholar Services