International Students

Saint Joseph's College is ranked the 7th "Best Value College" and 28th "Best College" in the Midwest by US News and World Report.

We are committed to expanding the global perspective within our current student body. Through our highly acclaimed Core Program, which no other US college offers, you will learn about foreign cultures, become an excellent writer, and discover ways to improve the world in more ways than you think are possible.

Contact the Office of Admissions  |  800.447.8781  |  219.866.6170

International Requirements

  • Official secondary school transcript/s

      • English translated with grading scale explanation and external examination results.
  • If transferring from a university outside the United States, send official college transcript/s from all colleges attended to World Education Services (WES).

      • Request an official course-by-course evaluation to be sent to the Office of Admissions at Saint Joseph’s College.
  • TOEFL results:  Test of English as Foreign Language

if you are not fluent in English. Our code is 1697.

      • Internet-based test (iBT) score should be 80 or higher with subscores of 20 or higher in each of the four subsections.
      • Paper-based test (PBT) score should be 550 or higher
      • If you are fluent in English, ACT or SAT I score is required for scholarship consideration.
  • IELTS Results:  International English Language Testing Results

      • Score of 6.5 or higher
      • In addition to meeting the total requirement, a minimum score of 6.0 is required for each section of the test 
  • $35 (US) non-refundable application fee (waived if you apply online)

  • Financial statement and sponsorship letter.

  • Change of School Report is required for all programs if student is currently attending a school in the US.

  • An international student cannot begin their studies until an F1 visa is issued.
  • An F1 visa will not be issued without an I-20 form from SJC.
  • An I-20 form will not be considered or issued without financial papers.
  • For information about obtaining a student visa, contact the US Department of State Visa Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the World Education Service evaluation required?

Yes, a course-by-course evaluation is required. The evaluation takes your international education and translates a cumulative grade point average necessary for an admission decision.

Who may submit letters of recommendation? 

Letters of recommendation may be written by academic or professional references.

What is the cost for international applicants? 

Full-time international applicants must prove that they have the following funds available:

Tuition $28,500
Room & Board $8,900
Books & Fees $2,700
Total (1 year) $40,100 + insurance


Can the amount of money needed for the financial statement decrease if I have a family member to live with? 

Yes, $5000 can be subtracted if notarized proof of the living arrangement is presented.

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes, on-campus housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Can an international graduate student attend part-time? 

No, all international students holding F1 visas must attend on a full-time basis (9 credits without an assistantship or 8 credits with an assistantship).

Education USA

EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Click on the link above to find your center!

Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.