College admissions for non-citizens
U.S. Department of Education

College admissions for non-citizens

I am from another country, but am interested in attending a university in the USA. Can you tell me about the admissions procedures?

Unlike in many countries, the United States has no Federal Ministry of Education or other centralized authority exercising single national control over postsecondary educational institutions in this country.  The states assume varying degrees of control over education, but, in general, institutions of higher education are permitted to operate with considerable independence and autonomy.  As a consequence, American educational institutions can vary widely in the character and quality of their programs, and in their admissions requirements and tuition.  Therefore, you would need to contact the school(s) you are interested in attending for more information about their admissions requirements, their programs of study, their tuition rates, and their scholarships for foreign students.

In many instances you may be asked to provide to  prospective school an evaluation of your degree and/or transcript. The evaluation is not done by any government agency. There is an association of such evaluators, which is not related, sponsored, or administered by the Department, but whose information is provided as a resource. The association is the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, and you may find them at

 For more information about the educational system in our country, visit the U.S. Network for Education Information (USNEI).  This site will provide you with more information about studying in the USA, obtaining a student VISA, degree and credentials recognition, programs of study, and college life.

For Visa requirements, you must visit your local U.S. Embassy, or in the U.S. you may contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please note that the Department does not oversee or influence any outcome from such agency.

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  • Topic #: 28022-690
  • Date Created: 12/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 09/22/2016
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