Graduate International Students

As an international student, you will need to obtain F-1 visa status and comply with the provisions of the Certificate of Eligibility to Study in the U.S., form I-20. By completing various steps in the admissions process, we'll be able to provide more details for this process. If you have U.S. Resident Alien status, you may apply through Concordia's admissions office. 

Application Process

  1. Apply for Admission

    The application process for admission to Concordia University's Graduate program is simple.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. Submit essay and résumé online in PDF format at cune.edu/GradAppEssay.

  5. 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.

    Once you have fulfilled the admission requirements and been accepted to Concordia, you will need to complete several more steps to enroll and begin attending. Please review the next steps to take and let your admission counselor know if you have any questions.

  6. Visa Status

    Complete and return the Visa Status Information form.

  7. Financial Verification

    Complete and return the Financial Understanding and Agreement form and all Financial Support Certification forms.*

  8. Bank Statements

    Send in current bank statement(s) to support the financials listed in these two forms. The statements must show a positive balance equal to or greater than the remaining balance for the student’s first year of study and living in the U.S. Balance is determined by deducting all grants and scholarships received from Concordia from tuition, room and board, travel, and living costs. If student cannot produce bank statement(s) to cover the balance, admission will be revoked.


    *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.