International Students

International Students Admissions 


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DeadlinesFall TermSpring Term
College of Arts & SciencesMarch 1September 1
College of PharmacyDecember 3No Admission


First -Time Freshman Applicants

If you are working towards a bachelor’s degree, Admissions will be your first step in this process. Our international admissions counselors will assist in explaining your admissions requirements, academics, scholarships and more. Yes, we offer merit base scholarships up to full tuition cost for international students who may qualify.

  • Secondary School Record (Transcript) in English 
  • Letter of Recommendation from a secondary school official 
  • ACT/SAT Results (if available)
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Non-English speaking natives are required to submit)  Required Minimum Scores: TOEFL: Paper – 550 Internet-Based – 80 IELTS: 7.0 
  • Xavier University Certificate of Financial Support- a notarized form indicating who will pay the cost of attendance. 
  • Original certificate of national examination taken by the student (if applicable) 
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores Required Minimum Scores: TOEFL: Paper – 550 Internet-Based – 80 IELTS: 7.0 

TOEFL, IELTS scores are not required for applicants if English is your native Language

Applicants who have previously completed high school and/or college-level work in the US may also receive an English Proficiency waiver.

Additionally, if educated in a non-English speaking secondary school, you must submit a Course-by-Course evaluation of your secondary school work evaluated by a U.S. foreign credential evaluation service. (See recommended services below) 


All foreign transcripts (universities outside of the U.S.) must be evaluated by a NACES Evaluation AgencySPANTRAN  is recommended. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included.

  • Secondary School Record (Transcript) in English 
  • Letter of Recommendation from a secondary school official 
  • ACT/SAT Results (if available)
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Non-English speaking natives are required to submit)  Required Minimum Scores: TOEFL: Paper – 550 Internet-Based – 80 IELTS: 7.0 
  • Xavier University Certificate of Financial Support- a notarized form indicating who will pay the cost of attendance. 
  • Original certificate of national examination taken by the student (if applicable) 
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores Required Minimum Scores: TOEFL: Paper – 550 Internet-Based – 80 IELTS: 7.0 

TOEFL, IELTS scores are not required for applicants if English is your native Language

Applicants who have previously completed high school and/or college-level work in the US may also receive an English Proficiency waiver.

Additionally, if educated in a non-English speaking secondary school, you must submit a Course-by-Course evaluation of your secondary school work evaluated by a U.S. foreign credential evaluation service. (See recommended services below) 


All foreign transcripts (universities outside of the U.S.) must be evaluated by a NACES Evaluation AgencySPANTRAN  is recommended. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included.


Transfer Applicants- College of Arts & Sciences

If you are an international student currently on a student visa looking to transfer to Xavier University or you have taken college courses in your home country and are looking to transfer to Xavier University, Admissions  will guide you through the transfer in process with ease. 

  • TOEFL, IELTS scores are not required for applicants if English is your native Language
  • Applicants who have previously completed high school and/or college-level work in the US may also receive an English Proficiency waiver.
  • Additionally, if educated in a non-English speaking secondary school, you must submit a Course-by-Course evaluation of your secondary school work evaluated by a U.S. foreign credential evaluation service. (See recommended services below) 
  • All foreign transcripts (universities outside of the U.S.) must be evaluated by a NACES Evaluation Agency.  SPANTRAN  is recommended. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included.

  • TOEFL, IELTS scores are not required for applicants if English is your native Language
  • Applicants who have previously completed high school and/or college-level work in the US may also receive an English Proficiency waiver.
  • Additionally, if educated in a non-English speaking secondary school, you must submit a Course-by-Course evaluation of your secondary school work evaluated by a U.S. foreign credential evaluation service. (See recommended services below) 
  • All foreign transcripts (universities outside of the U.S.) must be evaluated by a NACES Evaluation Agency.  SPANTRAN  is recommended. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included.


College of Pharmacy

If you are a Transfer International student interested in Pharmacy, our College of Pharmacy has an admissions department  that will ensure you understand the admissions requirements specific to the Pharmacy program. Please contact Pharmacy Admissions for more information.


Non-U.S citizens who do not have a “Green Card” or “Naturalized Citizenship” must include their foreign home address on the Application for Admission.

Transfer Applicants who have attended another U.S. college/university the semester prior to entering Xavier University of Louisiana must complete and submit the "Transfer-In" form before a SEVIS I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) will be issued.


Cost

Provisions should also be made for expenses such as clothing, personal items, bed linens, laundry, recre- ation and travel. Residence halls are closed when school is not in session: for approximately four weeks during the semester break (December to January) and approximately one month during the summer.

Other accommodations must be sought for these periods and this factor should be considered when determining total expenses for the year. Only U. S. citizens and those who have been issued Green Cards (permanent residents) are eligible for federal financial aid, the primary source of financial assistance. Scholarships are available to a limited number of academically qualified applicants.



AFTER ACCEPTANCE TO XAVIER

It is recommended that students expedite travel and passport procedures well in advance of the intended date of departure to the United States. After being admitted to the University, eligible students will be issued the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Applicants who have a valid “Green Card” or who are “Naturalized Citizens” do not need the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). For information about student Visas and required SEVIS fees, refer to the website at travel.state.gov. Information on orientation and registration at Xavier will be sent to all admitted students. It is advisable for students to begin their course of study during the Fall semester in order that they may take required courses in proper sequence. 

There are two mandatory requirements that you must complete and submit to Student Health Service prior to registration – 1) Health Clearance and 2) Insurance Information. Each new student must submit the health forms required by the Xavier University Health Services Office Immunization Compliance & Consent for Care Forms. All undergraduate students are required to carry an insurance which provides coverage for physicians and emergency rooms in the New Orleans area. Information about the student health insurance requirement is located on the Student Health Services web page.

Students admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program should check the College of Pharmacy’s web page for any additional requirements for international students or E-mail the College of Pharmacy at applyxucop@xula.edu.


Center for International and  Intercultural Programs

If you need help understanding the student visa process, finding housing, improving your English or anything related to your study abroad transition, please contact our Center for Intercultural and International Programs or email Karen Lee kwlee@xula.edu

The Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP) works with the Undergraduate and Graduate Offices of Admission to provide assistance to prospective international students planning to study at Xavier University. 


The Office of Admission collects all the required application documents, makes admissions decisions, evaluates foreign transcripts, issues immigration documents and sends out acceptance packages. International Students study on the F-1 Student Visa at XULA.  The Associate Director of the Center for Intercultural and International Programs is the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for the F-1 Student Visa Program and is the primary contact once international students arrive on campus.  In addition, CIIP and the Office of Admission also work together to develop and coordinate marketing, advertising and recruitment activities with the goal of attracting more international students to the university.