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Persons applying to graduate programs must have a superior academic record and the equivalent of Howard University's four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. International students are advised to begin the admissions process at least one year in advance of the time they wish to enter the University because of the tests required, delays in international mail, etc. International students must submit the following materials by March 1 for the fall semester, August 1 for the spring semester, and February 1 for the summer session:
An application with the $45 application fee in bank draft U.S. dollars in the form of a money order or a certified check made payable to Howard University. Cash should not be sent;
Original certificates and/or official final secondary school records, official university transcripts, mark sheets, official translations, and syllabi;
Results from the tests required for regular degree students;
Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as required for applicants whose native language is not English. (Some Howard University colleges and schools require the TOEFL from all international applicants). Once applications have been received, the Office of Admissions will inform students as to whether or not they must take this test. For information on the test, applicants may write to: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.
Immigration Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility), needed to obtain a student visa is not issued until the applicant has (1) been accepted by the Office of Admissions, (2) paid the enrollment fee, and (3) submitted a financial statement indicating how expenses will be met while the student is attending the University. The I-20 form will accompany the permit to register.
Applicants must be prepared to finance themselves for at least the first year of study. No scholarships and/or financial aid is available at this time for entering students from other countries. Limited financial aid is available for any student after a year of study at Howard, but continued study does not guarantee scholarship funds. Inquiries concerning other sources of financial aid should be directed to the Cultural Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy or the nearest consulate abroad.
Regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service require that all persons on F-1 (student) visas pursue a full course of study at all times. This means that graduate students must take a full course of study, 9 credit hours if study is course work only, or some combination of course work and research or writing of a thesis or dissertation. Each international student is responsible for maintaining immigration status while in the United States. Failure to do so will jeopardize the student's stay in the United States. Students who have been accepted at Howard are not guaranteed housing, and most international students do not live in University dormitories. Upon arrival in Washington, those who need assistance in finding housing should contact the Office of Residence Life or the Office of International Student Services.
In addition to the requirements listed above, all international applicants MUST include in their application packet the following:
- Official transcripts, final certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions (photocopies or transcripts in the applicant's possession are not acceptable)
- If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official translated copy.
- All international transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Please visit www.wes.org and initiate the International Credential Advantage Package which includes the transcript evaluation report with Course-by-Course grades and Grade Point Average (GPA), and provides verified copies of your transcripts. The WES report can be expedited at www.wes.org/why/fast.asp. The WES is sent directly to Howard University Graduate School, 4th & College Streets NW, Washington DC 20059. If the WES is not available in your country, the International Evaluation Services of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) may be accepted.
- All documents must bear the same name that appears on the admissions application unless an official document so submitted indicating a change of name.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from all applicants from countries in whih English is not the official language. The TOEFL test is not required if you received a degree in the U.S.
- Statement of Financial Resources Form ( PDF ) – A completed form that verifies proof of financial support (sufficient funds to cover expenses for one full year in US dollars only) and supporting financial documentation indicating sources of funds while attending Howard University (such as a certified bank statement dated within three months of registration).