Graduate International Students
As an international student, you have a few options for enrolling in graduate programs at Concordia.
- You can enroll in online graduate programs and stay in your home country to study.
- If you will be enrolling in a face-to-face program, you will need to obtain an F-1 visa (and a Certificate of Eligibility to Study in the U.S., form I-20) to come to the U.S. to study.
- If you have U.S. Resident Alien status, check with the admissions office on your application requirements.
Apply for Admission
The application process for admission to Concordia University's Graduate program is simple.
Submit Official Transcripts for Evaluation
Request to have your college transcripts sent to Concordia. If your transcript is not in English or not from an American international school, you must provide an evaluation report to verify your credentials, degree and U.S. equivalencies. A comprehensive or course-by-course report is required.
- Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
- AACRAO: Office of International Education Services
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
- Foundation for International Services, Inc.
- World Education Services, Inc.
Submit an Admissions Essay
In an essay of 500 to 750 words, please explain your interest in the program for which you are applying, what you hope to achieve by completing the program and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests and goals. The essay’s content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admission process.
Submit Your Résumé*
In your résumé, include (at a minimum) your contact information, work experience and education. Please keep length of the résumé at a single page.
Provide English Language Proficiency Scores*
Non-native English speakers must provide proof they are proficient in the English language to begin college studies. Students can take tests like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to show their language abilities. Concordia requires a score of 80 or above on the TOEFL iBT test or 6.5 or above on the IELTS.
The student should request the TOEFL test scores be mailed to Concordia University, Nebraska - code number 6116.
International students who are coming to the U.S. on an F-1 student visa to study in face-to-face programs will need to fulfill these additional admission requirements once accepted to Concordia. Please check with your admission counselor if you have questions on these additional requirements for F-1 visa students.
Complete and return the Visa Status Information Form.
- Complete and return the Financial Understanding and Agreement form to show personal or family funds.
- If using a sponsor, also complete the Sponsor Support Statement.
The U.S. government requires proof of financial support from all international students.
To verify the support noted on the Financial Understanding and Agreement and the Sponsor Support Statement, Concordia requires each individual providing support (student, parent, sponsor, etc.) to request a letter from their bank to verify account status and amount available.
Bank letters should be:
- Current (received within 4 weeks of being signed and dated)
- Written in English
- Printed on bank letterhead
Please include the items listed below:
- Bank Letterhead
- Including bank name and location
- Name of bank customer
- How long individual has been a customer of this bank
- Average amount available in accounts and amount that is currently readily available
- Amount should be listed in local currency and in U.S. dollars
- Signed by bank representative
- Notarized by bank representative
- Dated by bank representative
*English proficiency is required by the United States government for an international student to prove they meet all admissions requirements and can come to the U.S. on an F-1 visa status to engage in academic studies. Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Concordia University, Nebraska who successfully pass the Advanced II level will satisfy the English proficiency requirement.