1. I am not a U.S. citizen but I live here and go to school here, am I an International Student?
Anyone who is not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident is considered an International Student.
2. As an international student, am I eligible for financial aid?
International Students are not eligible for need-based, government financial aid. However, merit-based scholarships are offered to all undergraduate students. There is no separate application needed. Scholarships are based on academic merit and are calculated upon admission.
While there are no scholarships offered at the graduate level, there are graduate assistantships available. Please be aware there are a limited number of assistantships available and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to be considered.
3. What is the cost of attendance for an International Student?
The cost of attendance is the same for all students regardless of residency and status. Cost can vary by program and level. Please contact Sep Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on yearly cost estimates.
4. What tests do I need to take?
All applicants must meet language proficiency requirements and may need to submit test scores to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency.
Undergraduate: If you attend an English-based High School and are applying as a freshman, or as a transfer student who has completed less than 24 college credits and graduated from high school less than 2 years ago, you will be required to submit an SAT/ACT score. If you are applying as a transfer student with more than 24 credits completed, you will not need to submit any test scores with the exception of transfer nursing programs.
Graduate: Required tests vary by program. Please contact Sep Dunham at email@example.com for more details on your program requirements.
5. I am a freshman applicant who does not attend high school in the U.S. but is attending an English-based school, how do I take the ACT or SAT?
The SAT and ACT is offered worldwide. You may search for SAT testing centers here, and ACT testing centers here. Please also talk to your high school counselor as they may have more information on taking either exam.
6. Do I need my transcript evaluated?
All transcripts from non-U.S. based institutions must be course-by-course evaluated by an NACES or AICE accredited academic credential evaluation company to obtain equivalency information on courses, grades, and degrees earned. SpanTran provides a customized application for Shenandoah applicants.
7. Do I need to send my original transcript if I complete an evaluation?
All applicants must submit an official copy of their original transcript along with their evaluation. Many evaluating organizations can provide official transcripts along with evaluations if requested by the applicant. Some organizations, such as ECE and SpanTran, provide this service with no additional cost to the student. Please review the international student information sheet for further details.
8. Does my transcript have to be in English?
Applicants must provide certified, English translations of all transcripts.
9. Is proof of language proficiency required for admission of international students?
All students must submit proof of language proficiency. We accept TOEFL, IELTS, DET and PTE. Please review our full language proficiency policy on the second page of our International Student Information sheet.
10. Does Shenandoah offer conditional admission for students who do not meet language proficiency?
Students with minimum scores of 45 on iBT, 5.0 on IELTS, 39 on PTE, or 31/100 or 75/160 on DET may be granted conditional admission. Successful completion of Shenandoah University’s Intensive English as a Second Language Program (IESL) is required for full admission to a program.
11. How do I apply for conditional admission?
Applicants seeking conditional admission apply to both the program of interest and IESL at the same time. Applicants must be admitted to IESL before they can be considered for conditional admission to a program. Students offered conditional admission to a program must first successfully complete IESL before starting program coursework the following semester.
12. I attend an American high school and have been taking classes taught entirely in English. Do I still need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/DET/PTE?
If you graduated from an American high school, you will not need to submit proof of language proficiency. Please review our full language proficiency policy on the second page of our International Student Information sheet.
13. Can I meet language proficiency since I have been working/worked in the U.S. for a while?
No, the only ways to meet language proficiency are the ones listed in our policy. There are no exceptions.
14. If I completed a post-secondary degree in the U.S. can my language proficiency be waived?
Completion of a post-secondary degree (or equivalent) with a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher from the U.S. (except Puerto Rico) meets the language proficiency requirement.
15. I don’t have a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE testing center close to me, how do I meet language proficiency?
The Duolingo English Test can be taken from the convenience of your own home. You will need a computer with an internet connection, microphone and webcam.
16. Are there any programs I am excluded from as an international student?
International students are welcome to apply to any program if they meet admission requirements, however, applicants who require I-20 paperwork for an F-1 visa from Shenandoah are limited to programs that allow full-time and on-campus study. For freshmen and transfer students, please see our areas of study for programs. Graduate students should review our International Program page for options.
17. What is the deadline to apply for international students who need an I-20?
Undergraduate: In order to be considered for priority admission, applicants should have completed applications in no later than June 15 for the Fall term. Completed applications must be submitted by October 15 for the Spring term. Please note, some programs may close earlier than these deadlines due to capacity.
Graduate: Deadlines vary by program. Please contact Sep Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
18. How do I get my I-20?
Once you have been admitted, please complete the Supplemental Application for International Students and submit it to Lora Steiner, International Scholar and Advisor, at email@example.com. You will need to include proof of funding and a copy of your passport.
If you live outside the U.S. your I-20 will be sent via DHL Express mail. If you are in the U.S. it will be sent via USPS priority mail.
19. I have been admitted, what do I do now?
Please follow our “Steps to SU” for guidance after admission.
20. Do I need to bring a laptop to school?
All incoming undergraduate students will be provided with a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and a 128 GB harddrive, and a Wi-Fi model 9.7” iPad with an Apple Pencil. Please visit our iMLearning FAQs page for more details. Please note: graduate students in select programs may be eligible for IMLearning.
21. Is housing guaranteed for international students?
Housing is guaranteed all four years at the undergraduate level. All first and second year undergraduate students are required to live on campus. More information regarding housing and the application process can be found on the housing webpage.
22. Where can I find off-campus housing?
There are a variety of off-campus housing options available to students in Winchester. Our off-campus list include students looking for roommates as well as housing available through landlords and rental companies. We also provide some tips through our off-campus rental information. Please be aware that if you live off-campus you will likely not be within walking distance and will have to find transportation.
23. What are my public transportation options?
Please be aware that Winchester has limited public transportation options. If you decide to live off-campus you may require a car or bike to get around.
WinTran Bus operates Monday-Saturday. Uber and Lyft are also available.
24. What clubs and organizations are available to International Students?
A variety of student clubs and organizations are available and students always have the option to start new organizations on campus. The Mosaic Center for Diversity also provides an all-inclusive space for students.
25. What kinds of resources are available to international students?
26. Do I need Health Insurance to study at Shenandoah University?
International Student insurance plans purchased outside of the United States must meet the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act 2010 regulations to be an accepted plan.
- Please visit our insurance website at http://www.Firststudent.com and create a username and password.
- Click waive the student health insurance button and input your health insurance information into the website.
FirstStudent will audit the insurance to see if the policy meets the guidelines. If the policy meets the guidelines, you are considered covered as long as your insurance is valid while enrolled at Shenandoah. If your plan does not meet the guidelines, you will have to purchase a plan that meets the requirements or enroll in the student health insurance policy approved by Shenandoah University.
If you are applying as a graduate student, please also take time to review our graduate application FAQs for more details on the application process.