As an international applicant, you must meet certain requirements
so that you can take full advantage of VCU’s educational
opportunities and contribute to our academic community. You
1. Satisfactory academic achievement.
2. Adequate English language proficiency.
3. The ability to finance your education.
All applicants must present grades (marks) that reflect superior
ability and serious effort. To be considered for admission,
you must submit complete official, certified documents of
previous academic work. Your school records must include:
1. Dates of attendance at each institution.
2. A complete list of courses taken and grades received
at each institution, including the number of weeks and hours
per week in lecture or laboratory for each course.
3. Degrees and diplomas earned from each school or university,
indicating class or division of diploma (if appropriate).
4. Names of examinations passed, grades received and minimum/maximum
possible grades (if appropriate).
The grading (marking) system must be clearly stated on each
record. The university or school must mail academic records.
External examination results must be forwarded from the ministry
of education or appropriate examining board.
If your school’s official transcripts are not produced
in English, complete and official English translations must
be attached to the original records. The original records
and the translations must each be signed by the appropriate
school or government official and bear the school or government
seal. Photographic copies or other duplications are not acceptable
unless the copies have been signed and sealed by the appropriate
school or government official.
Write your name and address on each letter and envelope
each time you correspond with VCU. Write your full name —
no initials — exactly as it appears on your passport.
Use the same order of names for all documents, test scores,
etc. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security number, a student
identification number will be assigned. Once you have been
assigned a student identification number or if you have a
U.S. Social Security number, write it on your application
and use it on all correspondence with the university.
Since lectures, laboratory instructions, and written and
oral examinations are conducted in English, you must be proficient
in the language. If your native language is not exclusively
English, you must satisfy VCU’s English proficiency
requirement before you begin your academic classes. This may
be done by either presenting an official Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the International English
Language Testing Services (IELTS) score (at the appropriate
level), by passing the VCU English Language Placement Examination,
or by successfully completing VCU’s intensive English
language course (ELP). If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS,
your official score report must be sent to the university
directly from the testing service.
In addition to TOEFL or IELTS, VCU considers other factors
affecting English language proficiency, such as amount and
type of formal U.S. education and standardized test scores.
VCU also provides English-as-a-second-language instruction
for students who require additional language support.
A nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application
you submit. All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank affiliate
in U.S. dollars or international money order payable to VCU
only. We will not accept non-U.S. currency or Eurodollar money
orders. Your name should be on the check or money
order. Your application will not be processed without the