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Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
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International Student Admission

International Student Admission Guidelines

John Brown University admits international students who meet the general admission criteria and have demonstrated proficiency in English. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as administered by the Educational Testing Service at the nearest examination center or the IELTS, ACT, SAT, A levels or O levels. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 on the web-based exam, or a minimum of 60 on the paper-delivered exam. The minimum IELTS score for admission is a 6.5. The language proficiency for Walton International Scholarship recipients is evaluated for admissions purposes by an alternative means as determined by the International Programs Office in consultation with the Department of Language Studies. In addition, the COMPASS examination will be given after students arrive on campus to place students in the appropriate level of English instruction.

International students must also provide the following:

  1. Completed international application form, including the essay.
  2. A $25 U.S. non-refundable application fee.
  3. Letter of recommendation: an academic reference from a teacher or guidance counselor at the last school attended (secondary or university) if the student exhibits low test scores or GPA.
  4. Official transcripts of academic records at secondary school or university. This must be sent from the high school or university directly to the Admissions Office at JBU.
  5. For regular freshman status, an applicant must present an examination report of an internationally recognized, standardized test: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, O Levels, A Levels, or the Caribbean Exams (CXC).
  6. Health form: Immunization record including dates of two doses of Measles/Mumps/ Rubella vaccination, and current Tuberculosis (TB) screening performed in the United States if student is born or has lived in an area where TB is endemic for more than six months.
  7. Bank statement or an Affidavit of Support showing ability to pay for one year’s fees.

When all admissions requirements have been met and the initial deposit paid, the International Programs Office will issue an Immigration Form I-20. This allows the student to apply for the F-1 student visa at an American Embassy.