International Students — Aquinas College - Nashville, Tennessee

International Students

International Students (see below for definition) are accepted under the same admission requirements as outlined under the admission requirements for first-time freshmen.

In addition to the regular admission requirements, international applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced academic work in an English-speaking institution. English language proficiency tests such as the TOEFL help us assess your readiness. 

For international applicants seeking an undergraduate degree, the minimum recommended score is:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT) internet-based ……………. 80
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT) paper-based………………. 600

(paper-based is currently offered only in locations where the internet-based test is not available)

For international applicants seeking a graduate degree, the minimum score required is:

  • Internet-based …………………………………………………………………………………………… 100
  • Paper-based……………………………………………………………………………………………….  600

(paper-based is currently offered only in locations where the internet-based test is not available)

The scores from the TOEFL must not be older than three years from requested date of entry. This proficiency requirement will be waived if a student has scored a minimum of 22 on the ACT English section or minimum of 490 on the SAT Critical Reading, or SAT taken after March 2016 minimum score of 1060 with 540 Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 520 Math, or if the applicant has received a bachelor or more advanced degree from an accredited U.S. institution or from a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction.

Currently available testing dates and locations may be found at the official TOEFL website.

Official proof of the ability to pay will be required. Please contact the Office of Admissions.

All credentials must be in English. Post-secondary education credit and degree verifications from an international applicant must be accompanied by an official copy of a third party course-by-course credential evaluation either from World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/) or Educational Credential Evaluators (https://www.ece.org/). First-time freshmen are exempt from submitting a WES or ECE translation. If credentials require translation a certified translator must do this. Translation information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

International students who have not completed a minimum of remedial math or English on the college level will be required to take assessments. The Office of Admissions will set the date and time for completing this requirement. 

Definition: An international student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in courses at institutions of higher education in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen, an immigrant (permanent resident) or a refugee. These may include holders of F (student) visas, H (temporary worker/trainee) visas, J (temporary educational exchange-visitor) visas, and M (vocational training) visas.

Please be sure to visit our scholarship page. International students are considered for institutional scholarships along with all students who meet scholarship requirements. 

Aquinas College welcomes all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin who desire to be part of the faith-based mission of the College to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. It does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs.

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