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International Students


International Students

SCU welcomes applications from qualified students from other countries. The general admission requirements are identical for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. However, immigration regulations, varying educational backgrounds, and financial considerations require additional procedures necessary for international students.

For visa purposes, international students must provide a foreign address in the Application for Admission. International applicants who are admitted to SCUHS will receive a visa information packet along with the acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions.

Certification of Finances

As required by the immigration regulations, international students must show that they have sufficient funds to study in the U.S. There is a Certification of Finances form that you must complete and return to the SCU Office of Admissions. The COF is used for financial verification purposes only. The minimum amount of funds required for the 2019-2020 academic year is $74,006 USD for the Chiropractic program (subject to annual increase with tuition), $39,972 USD for the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program (subject to increase with tuition), and $61,056 for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Additional funds are required for spouses and dependents.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE)

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions.

Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL score. Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable. NOTE: Applicants to the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or Dual Degree Programs must also submit an official copy of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the TOEFL iBT. Testing information on TOEFL or TSE may be obtained at www.toefl.org or by writing to TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08504.

All applicants for whom English is not their native language will be considered for a program of study in accordance with their TOEFL/TSE score(s). Applicants will not be admitted without an official score on file.

For degree programs, the minimum required TOEFL score is 500 (paper based), 173 (computer based), or 61 (internet based). Students enrolling in the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine programs have three ways to demonstrate English competency listed below:

  1. TOEFL iBT acceptable score – 80 and TOEFL iBT speaking score – 26
  2. IELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format) and IELTS spoken band score – 8.0
  3. Completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate or graduate level, English-based education in an institution:
    1. accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education
    2. in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland

In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the curriculum used.

Transcript Requirements

All foreign academic transcripts are to be evaluated by World Educational Services (WES) or any NACES approved agency, with an original of the evaluation and copy of transcripts forwarded directly to the Office of Admission. *Canadian students are NOT required to have this evaluation; they can have their transcripts sent directly from their university to SCU (with the exception of Quebec schools that do not provide English transcripts).

Health Insurance and Other Documents

All international students must submit proof of valid and unexpired health insurance acceptable in the United States. Furthermore, all international students must submit a copy of our valid passport, including name, date of birth, passport number, expiration date, photo, and signature. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (562) 475-4604.


The SCU Office of Admissions will evaluate your information and issue an I-20 form. You will present your I-20 form along with other supporting documents to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country and apply for an F-1 visa. It is important that you allow yourself enough time (at least 4 weeks) to apply for the visa. Please contact the Office of Admissions with questions about obtaining a visa, (562) 475-4604.

International applicants are considered for SCU scholarships. All scholarship decisions are made independent of the Certification of Finances (COF). Scholarships can be incorporated into the COF.

SCU offers international students an option to work on campus after their first trimester at SCU. For more information, please contact the SCU Office of Financial Aid, (562) 947-8755 ext 766.

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