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International Students

Alabama A&M University welcomes applications from students from other countries. Applications should be sent three to six months before the registration date for each term. All applicants must meet Graduate School and departmental requirements as described in this catalog.

Students’ requests for an I-20 should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the start of the program, but no more than 120 days prior to the start of the program
Fall I-20 application dates: April 15th – June 15th
Spring I-20 application dates:    Sept 15th – Nov 15th
Summer I-20 application dates: Jan 15th – March 15th

In addition, international students must submit an official academic transcript accompanied by official/or notarized English translations. These documents must be sent directly from the institution(s) attended. Personal copies are not accepted.

All foreign (non-U.S.) transcripts must be translated and evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation. This review must provide conclusive evidence that the applicant is the recipient of a degree comparable to the American bachelor's degree, which normally terminates 16 years of full-time study, four years of which are at the post-high school level.

The official transcripts must show all post-high school work attempted, including grades or marks in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, or whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student's academic accomplishments. Other requirements for international students include: 

  1. Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Test results must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies from the Educational Testing Services (Alabama A&M University Code: 1003).
  2. A certified financial statement indicating the applicant’s ability to pay for the cost of education. An original/official bank statement no more than six months old at the time of registration must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to obtain the I-20 for the F-1 student visa. In certain cases, advance payment of tuition and fees may be required.
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (ELS) Certification Examination is required if the applicant's first language is not English; the minimum score for admission on the TOEFL internet-based version is 500 (paper-based test) or 61 (internet-based test), and the 5.5 on the ELS Certification Examination. The Alabama A&M University Code is 1003.

The Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, administers these tests in testing centers all over the world. Further information about the test and testing dates may be obtained at or from the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate or United States Information Service, United States Educational Commission and foundations abroad and binational centers.

Admission to graduate study does not carry any implication concerning the award of financial aid. Aid for graduate students in the form of assistantships is available from some departmental programs and administrative units, but applicants from abroad are in competition with U.S. students for available awards.

The University reserves the right, even after the arrival and enrollment of students from another country, to make individual curricular adjustments whenever particular deficiencies or needs are found. Students may be required to take such courses without credit and at their own expense. This could also apply to additional coursework in English as a foreign language whenever necessary.

Note: All international students are required to maintain an international student health insurance once admitted to the University. Coverage for a spouse and/or dependents is available and must be purchased separately at the Student Health Center. A brochure explaining the coverage of the student health insurance program is available at the Student Health Center.


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