|Location||United States, Richmond|
|Tuition fee||$13,157.00 per programme|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
An applicant may satisfy university English proficiency requirements by obtaining a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). Some graduate programs will accept satisfactory scores on the IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Individual programs may require higher scores. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for two years.
Applicants must complete the Common Application and must also submit the following materials — all of which are required for application processing.
All supplemental application materials may be sent in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure the applicant’s full name and/or VCU ID number are included in the text of the email.
Supplemental materials may also be mailed to:
Virginia Commonwealth University – International Admissions
Write your address and full name — no initials — exactly as it appears on your passport on each letter and envelope every time you correspond with VCU. Use the same order of names for all documents, test scores, etc. If you have a U.S. Social Security number, include it on your application and use it on all correspondence with the university. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security number, a student identification number will be assigned, and you may then use it on the application and all other correspondence with the university.
If an educational agent is applying on your behalf, he or she will need to submit the Educational Agent Processing Agreement PDF.
All applicants must present grades (marks) that reflect superior ability and serious effort. Original or officially certified copies of all grade reports for all secondary and higher school studies — as well as original or officially certified copies of all academic diplomas, certificates and national or other major examination results — must be submitted in the native language and must be accompanied by an official English translation. Notarized copies will not be accepted. Photographic copies or other duplications are only acceptable if the copies have been signed and sealed by the appropriate school or government official.
Your school records must include:
Dates of attendance at each institution
Virginia Commonwealth University – International Admissions
Students transferring from within the U.S.
If you are transferring from a university-level institution within the U.S., you must apply online and submit your secondary school records as well as university transcripts. Admission will be based on your U.S. records only if you have completed more than one year of full-time study.
Transfer students from within the U.S. must be in good academic standing and eligible to return to the last college or university attended. You must fill out the first section of the Immigration Transfer-In Clearance Form PDF and comply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations.
Your U.S. school’s foreign student adviser should then complete the Immigration Transfer-In Clearance Form PDF and send it to the Office of Admissions.
Proof of English proficiency
Since lectures, laboratory instructions and written and oral examinations at VCU are conducted in English, you must be proficient in the language. All applicants whose native language is not English must sit for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), offered by the Educational Testing Service in countries throughout the world, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and arrange for the testing agency to send the results to VCU (code 5570). The required TOEFL score for undergraduate applicants is 80 iBT, 550 PBT or IELTS of 6.0 (academic band score).
Students who have not taken a TOEFL exam or IELTS test or have not achieved the required score may take the VCU English Language Placement exam on arrival. However, please note that students who do not achieve the required level of proficiency will be required to take English courses prior to enrollment in the academic program at an additional expense.
Additional academic requirements and regulations
Students are advised to consult the website of the school or department in which they plan to study for any additional academic requirements. For example, SAT or GRE scores are required for all pre-nursing and nursing applicants. SAT or ACT scores are required for all mechanical engineering applicants.
School of the Arts applicants are also required to submit additional application materials. For more information, please visit the School of the Arts website.
International students on F-1 visas studying in the United States may not take any more than 25 percent of their total semester course load in any online, distance or hybrid class. For example, if an F-1 student is enrolled in 12 hours, no more than three hours may be taken in an online, distance or hybrid course.
If your school is accredited in the United States or your school is an IB school, you do not need your transcript to be evaluated. Please check your school status with school counselor/principal to determine accreditation. Questions may be addressed to Mr. Wayan Mastriyana at email@example.com.
Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admissions process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas and marksheets) will be required if admitted. All external credential evaluations should be no older than two years as of the official date received by the Office of Admissions. Once credentials and/or credential evaluations are sent to VCU, they will not be returned to the prospective student or sent to a third party.