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International Applicants

American University and the Kogod School of Business are pleased to welcome international students for graduate study. Visa sponsorship from the university is available for full-time study only. Additionally, conditional admission is not available for any Kogod graduate degree programs.

International applicants should first review the Application Guide for an overview of the general application requirements. Additional requirements and instructions for international applicants are outlined below:

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of one of the following exams with the stated minimum score:  


Kogod Code

Minimum Score



100 IBT


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American University - Kogod School of Business


English Language Proficiency Waiver

Waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement is possible in the following scenarios:

  • An applicant has completed 3 or more years of undergraduate study in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, new Zealand, or Ireland, and has earned a bachelor's degree. Joint "2+2" programs do not meet this standard.
  • An applicant has completed 2 or more years of graduate study in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland, and has earned a graduate degree.

Financial Documentation

International students admitted to a graduate degree program will be required to complete and submit the CFIS Form or Immigration Transfer Form along with documentation of financial support. Submission of either document is not required to be considered for admission however admitted students planning to enroll will need to submit the documentation in order to initiate the issuance of the I-20.

Additional information about the Immigration process, including required documentation, is available online through American University's Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required for all incoming students prior to the first semester of study and should be mailed directly to Kogod Graduate Admissions at the following mailing address:

Via U.S. Mail (USPS)
Kogod Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081

Via Courier Service (FedEx/UPS/DHL/Etc.)
Kogod Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081

Applicants whose previous degree program(s) were not in English should request an official copy of their transcript (including grade sheet and diploma certificate, if completed) from their undergraduate institution along with an official English translation. If the undergraduate institution does not provide English translation, applicants must locate a certified translator. Transcripts or translations certified by Notary Publics will not be accepted by the Admissions Office.

We recommend that international applicants utilize the translation and verification services of World Education Services and will accept WES evaluations as official documents. We reserve the right to independently seek credentials certification through WES for any official documents whose authenticity we may wish to confirm.

Applicants who cannot request an official transcript from the undergraduate institution but who are in possession of an official copy should request that a certified copy be made by either an Embassy or Consular Official, or through the official EducationUSA advising office in their home country. For EducationUSA office locations, please visit the EducationUSA website.

Note for Chinese Applicants: Applicants who completed university study in China will be notified if they proceed beyond the preliminary review process and will be required to request official evaluations of their academic background from CDGDC to be submitted directly to the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by CDGDC. Alternatively, evaluations from WES will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this policy. As these evaluations may take up to 4 weeks to reach us, we recommend that you make your request as early as possible as you prepare your application materials.

MS program applicants who are admitted to a Kogod graduate program while enrolled in an undergraduate degree program abroad must provide official proof of degree conferral in order to begin classes at American University.

For more information, please visit our International Applicants FAQs page.

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