Sharing different perspectives and experiences makes all of us stronger. Cultural curiosity enriches us. Making global friends connects us. That’s what we believe at Clayton State University, and that’s why our international student program is so important to our campus community.
Only a few miles from the diverse, bustling city of Atlanta, Georgia, Clayton State offers numerous opportunities for cultural and hands-on learning experiences. Consistently recognized by US News & World Report as having the most diverse student body among colleges and universities in the South, students from all over the world have made Clayton State their home away from home. We invite you to make it yours, too.
Not sure if you’re considered an international student? Read the international student classification.
Clayton State University welcomes international applicants for enrollment into our graduate programs. Each of our graduate programs have different application requirements. You can find our graduate programs that are available to international students with more information on application requirements for the specific graduate program of interest.
Please note that in addition the application requirements, international students with foreign transcripts and credentials must have their documents evaluated as follows in the section below.
Foreign Credential Evaluation
If an applicant has completed any coursework, degree, or degrees from institutions outside of the United States, he or she must request an official course-by-course evaluation with GPA from Josef Siney and Associates or World Education Services to be forward to the following address for review:
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260-0285
Applicants will need to allow ample time and arrange individually with these organizations to have the transcript evaluations sent to Graduate Admissions by the appropriate application deadline. The School of Graduate Studies will not be held responsible for delays that may occur at these organizations or that might occur in mailing.
English Proficiency Requirement
In order to ensure that language barriers do not potentially hinder international students from taking advantage of all available opportunities and in an effort to foster academic success, only those applicants whose native language is not English or whose language of college instruction was not English are required to submit English Language proficiency scores on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The minimum score for the TOEFL is 78 internet-based total or 550 paper-based total. The minimum IELTS total score is 6. Applicants must submit official transcripts from language schools attended.
Detailed information on the TOEFL may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service website.
Clayton State University’s institution code for the TOEFL is 5145.
The paper based TOEFL exam will take approximately six weeks after your test date for the scores to reach Clayton State University.
The internet based TOEFL exam will take approximately five weeks after your test date for the score to reach Clayton State University.
Applicants whose language of instruction was English should have the Registrar of their home institution submit a letter to Graduate Admissions attesting/certifying that the language of instruction for the baccalaureate degree was English. If this documentation is unavailable, applicants must submit the official acceptable scores on the TOEFL or IELTS.
Once an international applicant is accepted and prior to matriculation in a graduate program, a Financial Verification Form must be completed, signed, and submitted to Graduate Admissions with original supporting documentation before an I-20 immigration document can be issued. Please also submit a copy of your passport photo page along with your forms..
For students transferring I-20 from another institution:
- Complete the Financial Verification Form along with a copy of your passport photo page.
- Complete the I-20 Transfer Request Form.
- Have your current international advisor return the completed form to ISSO, by mail, fax or email as indicated on the form.
- If you have been outside the US more than 5 months, this step is not necessary; in that case, you will receive a new initial I-20 and pay a new SEVIS fee.
- Once financial documents have been approved by the International Student Services, an I-20 will be processed and you will be notified of when the I-20 packet is ready for pickup either in person or request for it to be sent directly to you through EShipGlobal.
- If you will be transferring to Clayton State University from another institution in the US on your F1 visa, your current I-20 will follow you here.
Maintaining Eligibility for F-1 Visa
In order to maintain eligibility for F-1 Visa, the international student must:
- Maintain full-time study.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- If accepted into a new program, prior to the end of the current program, submit new financial support documentation for the duration of the new program.