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International Student Admissions

Thomas Jefferson University welcomes students from outside the United States to apply for admission. An “international student” is one who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Most international students will need a F-1 visa, but other immigration status types may be possible.  As you explore Jefferson and our academic programs, we invite you to visit the Office of International Affairs for FAQs and information about visas, travel and support at TJU.

Application Requirements for international students

Please review the entire list of application requirements and prerequisites for the program you are applying to. The list below stipulates requirements that are specific to international applicants.

Transcripts

All academic credentials from foreign universities must be submitted to World Education Services* for a course-by-course evaluation. The cost of evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant. Rush orders may be processed for an additional fee. WES transcripts are sent to Jefferson electronically. To request an application for the evaluation, students may visit the WES website at www.wes.org.

*Transcript evaluations completed by companies other than WES may be acceptable. Please contact your counselor.

English language proficiency

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to TJU. TJU will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

For students applying to

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22. TOEFL code = 2903
    • Report scores on the centralized application system (AHCAS, OTCAS, UniCAS), but request official scores to be sent to Jefferson.
  • Professional & Continuing Studies (Jeff-at-Night): Request official scores to be sent to Jefferson.
  • Scores sent to Jefferson should be addressed to:
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Office of Admissions
    180 S. 9th Street, Suite 100
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22. TOEFL code = 2903
    • Request official scores be sent to the centralized application system (CASPA, PTCAS)
  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field. (Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.)
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22. TOEFL code = 2903
    • Request official scores be sent to the centralized application system (PharmCAS)
  • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field. (Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.)
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
  • Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. Report scores on NursingCAS but request official scores to be sent to Jefferson. (Dual Admission RN applicants, request official scores to be sent to Jefferson.)
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • State licensure in nursing
  • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson School of Nursing directly from high school
  • Native English speaker from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa or United Kingdom
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. Request official scores to be sent to Jefferson School of Population Health.
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a medical, nursing or allied health field.
  • Native English speaker from one of these countries: Follow this link for the country list.

* Only the TOEFL exam is accepted; the IELTS exam will not fulfill this requirement. Please note that TOEFL scores expire two years after the original test date. They must be valid on the date of your application. For more information regarding the TOEFL exam, please contact: The College Board, P.O. Box 592 Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 862-6601 www.ets.org/toefl/.

Entrance into Master’s Degree Programs

A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for admission to master’s degree programs. The transcript evaluation conducted by WES will determine whether a student has completed coursework and appropriate content equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

Restrictions for online programs (including RN, MSN, DNP and OTD programs)

  • International students who are in the U.S. in F or J status are restricted to taking one online course per term per federal regulations.
  • International students in F or J status may not enroll as part-time students.
  • The RN-BSN, RN-BSN/MSN, APW for RNs, MSN and DNP are online programs. As such, they are not available to international students due to federal regulations.
  • The OTD is online and is available to international students as long as they are abroad and have earned their entry-level degree in occupational therapy at a WFOT-approved school. The OTD is not available to International students who are in the U.S. in F or J status due to the federal regulations stated above.

Tuition and Financial Aid

View the current tuition and fees on the registrar’s website here.

Because Jefferson does not have financial aid funds available for non-resident aliens, candidates must file an affidavit of financial support, certifying that they have sufficient funds to cover the costs of attending the School. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website here.

On Campus

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