International Applicants

At Clark, our student population represents more than 50 countries around the world, which brings exceptional diversity and imitative ideas to campus and to our graduate programs. We also understand that the admissions process for international students can seem complicated. Here you can find information for international students interested in applying to our graduate programs. You may apply to more than one program as long as you complete separate applications for each.

Once you decide to apply to one of our graduate programs, take a moment to review the requirements for the particular degree you plan to pursue.

Application Portal

Any questions?

If you have questions or concerns about your application, at any point, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office,, for assistance. We will be in touch with you throughout the application process with updates.

Additional Information

Official Transcripts

All transcripts that are submitted as part of your application must be translated into English prior to submission. Transcripts from international programs that do not include the original language and its English translation will not be considered with your application. If you submit an official final transcript, please make sure to include confirmation of earned degree.

Unofficial transcripts can be provided for the application review. Official final transcripts, including confirmation of earned degree, are required prior to enrollment and should be mailed directly from the institution to Clark University Graduate Admissions.

English Language Requirements

Typically, international applicants must submit official test score results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic). An applicant 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 Graduate programs have the same requirements:

  • TOEFL 90 overall, recommend sub-score minimum of 18 or
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, recommend sub-score minimum of 6

Students who are citizens of the following countries, or who have graduated from an accredited degree program at a university within 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 Island, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia Fed States, 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, United Kingdom, United States of America Virgin Islands.

When you arrive, you will take a placement test to determine your level. Successful completion of the ALCI English for Academic Success Program can be used in place of a TOEFL score for admission to Clark University’s graduate Gateway Program.

Please note that guidelines may vary by department. Please check with the Graduate Admissions Office at if further clarification is needed.

Documents Required for I-20

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)

Obtaining a Student 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