Aurora University

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.

Download the checklist as a printable PDF.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester (August-December): June 1
  • Spring semester (January – May): October 1

Application Process for International Students

  1. Apply online here.
  2. Official transcripts from schools attended in the United States must be sent directly to the Office of Admission as part of the admission process. 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.
  3. Certified copies of all official transcripts from international schools attended must be sent directly to the Office of Admission as part of the admission process.
  4. Official certified evaluations of all non-English academic transcripts from international schools attended must be evaluated by one of the following companies: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); World Education Service (WES); Center for Educational Documentation (CED). Evaluations must be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
  5. English competency test OR standardized test
    1. Official English competency test results (for non-English speaking countries and all graduate applicants) Official scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admission. Below are the minimum scores required for admission from one of the following:
      • TOEFL paper-based: 550 or higher
      • TOEFL computer-based: 213 or higher
      • TOEFL Internet-based: 79 or higher
      • IELTS: 6.5 or higher
    2. Official standardized test results (for English-speaking countries only) Official scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admission. Below are the minimum scores required for admission from one of the following:
  6. References must be academic or professional based (All items are required).
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation
    • 1 Personal Statement
    • 2 References providing contact information (email preferred)
  7. Statement of Financial Resources International students applying for an I-20 Student Visa must submit the Statement of Financial Resources form as required by Aurora University and the guidelines from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. 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.
  8. Copy of current passport.
  9. Copy of I-94 may be obtained online here.
  10. Copy of Visa only if applicants are currently in the U.S. or holding a valid U.S. Visa.
  11. Additional Documentation for graduate applicants may be required. Please contact the Center for Graduate Studies at 630-947-8955 for more information.

** All materials must be received prior to the deadline date to be considered for admission to Aurora University. **

** Students requiring an I-20 will not be eligible for need-based financial aid. **

** Aurora University offers a $1,500 scholarship to admitted international students who are studying outside of the U.S. and Canada. The award is renewable for all 4 years as long as the student remains in good standing with the university. Scholarship decisions will be made with the consideration of all required application materials. **

After you are admitted to Aurora University, you will need to submit the following items before your I-20 will be issued:

  1. Medical Forms (Immunization Records) All international students are required to submit a medical form (required by Illinois state law), with complete immunization records. Be sure to seek out medical insurance through a private vendor. Additional information about immunization records can be found here.
  2. Proof of International Medical Insurance Proof of international medical insurance is required for all international students while at Aurora University. Please provide a copy of your current medical insurance card. If you do not have international medical insurance please contact your Aurora University admission counselor for assistance.
  3. $1,000 non-refundable admission deposit which will be applied to your first semester's tuition payment.

Once admitted and Aurora University receives the above required items:

  1. Form I-20 will qualify the non-immigrant applicant for an F-1 student visa. The university will only issue an I-20 after the applicant has met all international application requirements; has been approved for admission to Aurora University, has submitted all required medical forms, provided proof of medical insurance, and submitted the non-refundable $1,000 deposit. The official I-20 will be mailed to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with their embassy to obtain a visa before coming to the United States.
  2. Financial Aid There is no need-based financial aid available for international students requiring an I-20 visa.
  3. Housing is limited to qualified undergraduate students on the Aurora campus. Graduate students attending classes on the Aurora campus must seek off-campus housing.