At Clark, our graduate student population represents more than 50 countries around the world, bringing exceptional diversity and innovative ideas to campus and to our graduate programs.
We understand that the admissions process for international students can seem complicated. Here you can find all relevant information to help guide you through the process.
Once you decide to apply to one of our graduate programs, please review the requirements for the particular degree you plan to pursue. You may apply to more than one program as long as you complete separate applications for each.
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Typically, international applicants must submit official test score results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic). Applicants should check with the testing agency to ensure that their scores are still valid and that the agency will be able to send an official score report.
All master’s programs have the same requirements:
- TOEFL: 85 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 18, or
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 6, or
- PTE: 53 overall, or
- Completion of ELS 112, or
- Completion of EC English B2+ Pre-Advanced Level
Students who are citizens of the following countries, or who have graduated from an accredited degree program at a university in these countries, are exempt from the English language requirements: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Seychelles, St. Helen, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States of America Virgin Islands.
If you are not from an above listed exempt country or do not meet the minimum English language requirements, you may be offered admission into our ALCI English for Academic Success Program or the Graduate Pathway Program before starting your graduate degree program.
Please note that guidelines may vary by department. Please check with the Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if further clarification is needed.
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The Graduate School of Geography looks for minimum scores of 100 for the TOEFL or 7.0 for IELTS (with a minimum of 6.5 in each subfield). However, we are willing to consider alternative evidence of proficiency in English speaking and writing for applicants scoring below these thresholds. Please contact us for more information.
After you accept the offer of admission and pay the enrollment deposit, upload the following to your online account:
- International Student Information Form (located in the application portal)
- A copy of your passport identification page
- Bank statement (no more than 6 months old*)
- If the bank statement is not in your name, you must send a Signed Affidavit of Support form.
*The bank statement and affidavit of support are needed for those who would like Clark University to issue an I-20 form (for students who want to obtain an F-1 student visa) or a DS-2019 (for students who want to obtain a J-1 visa)
After you upload the documents listed above, your information will be reviewed by Clark University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). In most cases, the ISSO will issue an I-20 or DS-2019 form so you can apply for a student visa. The appropriate form will be sent to you with detailed steps on the visa application process. Here is a brief overview:
- Read the I-20 or DS-2019 to make sure all of the information is accurate
- Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to learn the proper visa application procedures
- Pay the $200 SEVIS fee, online, to the U.S. government
- Schedule a visa interview online (DS-160)
- Review information on photo requirements for a student visa
- Bring the following to your visa interview:
- SEVIS fee payment receipt
- Admission letter from Clark University
- Financial documents that prove you have funding listed on I-20 or DS-2019
- Documents that show your intention to return home after the completion of your studies
Please review the ISSO’s guide on visa acquisition for additional information.