Special Requirements for International Applicants
International applicants should apply only if their previous degrees are in the first class or first division. A three-year bachelor's degree is not sufficient for admission to graduate study. If you have earned a three-year degree, we will be pleased to consider your application after you successfully complete at least one year of a Master's degree program.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree at an English-speaking university must submit scores on the TOEFL. International students should have a TOEFL score of not less than 570 on the paper-based test, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, or Internet-based TOEFL score of 88. Since four to six weeks are usually required for scores to reach the University, you should take the test no later than November 19, in order for the score to arrive by January 15. Address inquiries and requests for applications to TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6151.
Test of Spoken English (TSE):
International applicants must scan and upload unofficial academic records from all colleges and universities attended including certificates, mark sheets, and examination results. These may be copies of the original documents certified by an official of the institution issuing the record. If you are currently enrolled at an American university, Vanderbilt will accept (for admission purposes only) copies of documents that may be on file at that university. Should you be admitted and enroll in the Graduate School , however, you must supply the official documents described above.
In order to meet requirements for entry into the United States , applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of their education. Be prepared to provide evidence of this funding if you are offered admission to Vanderbilt University , but do not send financial documents until requested to do so. Applications from international students for financial awards are considered in competition with all other applications received .
Visas and Immigration:
Applicants who are not United States citizens or residents of the United States will need to comply with applicable laws and regulations for entry into and travel within the U.S. before enrolling at Vanderbilt. For further information, see International Student and Scholar Services.