International Students

We welcome students from countries outside the United States to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees. You’ll become a part of a globally focused community, with countless opportunities for academic inquiry, cultural experiences and professional development. We recommend that international students enroll at the beginning of the fall term.

Students who are not a U.S. citizen and do not hold a U.S. permanent resident visa (i.e. green card) must complete the international student admission process. Some programs may have additional requirements or deadlines. Please contact your admission representative for more information.

Application Deadlines

  • For fall semester (August-December): June 1
  • For spring semester (January – May): Oct. 1

Application Process

  1. Submit an online application
  2. Submit your official transcripts from schools attended in the United States. Undergraduate applicants must request official transcripts from all secondary and/or post-secondary schools.  Graduate applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary schools. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school to the Office of Admission.
  3. Submit certified copies of all official transcripts from international schools attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school to the Office of Admission.
  4. Have your international school transcripts evaluated by one of the following companies: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), World Education Service (WES), or Center for Educational Documentation (CED).  Evaluations must be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
  5. Submit your TOEFL or IELTS scores. All applicants educated outside of the U.S. from non-native speaking countries must submit proof of English competency. Official TOEFL scores (minimum 550 on paper version, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, and 79 or higher on the Internet-based test) or official IELTS test score (minimum 7.0) or official ELS scores (level 112) must be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
  6. Submit your ACT or SAT scores. International students applying for undergraduate admission from English-speaking countries must submit an official ACT or SAT score report with a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or SAT minimum composite score of 910. (ACT College Code = 0950; SAT College Code = 1027)
  7. Submit three letters of academic or professional recommendations.
  8. Submit the Statement of Financial Resources form: International students applying for an I-20 student visa are required by U.S. federal law to submit the Statement of Financial Resources. This form must be signed and notarized and be accompanied by an original letter from a bank official certifying the availability of funds for study at Aurora University. Those who complete the admission requirements above and receive approval for admission must submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to be applied to the first semester’s tuition following registration. Please note: Students requiring an I-20 will not be eligible for need-based financial aid.
  9. Evidence of immigration status: For international applicants currently in the U.S. or holding a valid U.S. Visa, please submit a copy of the current visa page(s) and I-94 card in your passport, or a copy of your Alien Registration card (front and back). If students are transferring from another academic institution in the U.S., their current academic institution must complete an I-20 transfer to Aurora University. The applicant must provide their current school with a copy of their AU acceptance letter.
  10. Additional documentation for graduate students: Additional materials may be required for graduate programs. Please contact the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies at (630) 844-5294 or for more information.
  11. Medical forms and health insurance: (required for admitted applicants prior to enrollment at AU).  All international students are required to submit a medical form (required by Illinois state law), with complete immunization records, to the AU Wellness Center prior to registering for classes.  International students who are admitted to Aurora University are required to purchase health insurance for an additional cost, unless they currently have a U.S. insurance provider and proof of insurance is to be submitted. View information about purchasing health insurance through AU.

Form I-20

The Form I-20, which qualifies the non-immigrant applicant for a F-1 student visa, will only be issued after the applicant has met all international application requirements and has been approved for admission to Aurora University. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a visa in his/her home country before coming to the United States.

Financial Aid

There is no need-based financial aid available for international students requiring an I-20 visa. The International Scholarship Committee may award scholarships to undergraduate students (after issuance of I-20) who qualify based on academic merit.


On-campus housing is available for undergraduate students on the Aurora campus. Graduate students attending classes on the Aurora campus must seek housing off-campus.
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Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Eckhart Hall 201
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-6191 (fax)