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Stratford University provides international students with an exciting opportunity to realize a brighter future. We offer an alternative path to broaden your skills and advance your careers in a world-class academic environment. We know that new environments can be challenging, from confronting language barriers and cultural differences to dealing with social distractions. To help ease this transition, we offer dedicated, hands-on support to help you succeed along each step of the way — both inside and outside the classroom.

Our International Student Office (ISO) is a place where Stratford students can feel at home, no matter where you’re from. The ISO is staffed with a multicultural array of professionals who understand what you’re experiencing – and know how to help when you need it the most.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your SEVIS record can be transferred to Stratford University after you have been accepted by Stratford University and have met the SEVIS requirements. You must first submit your Application for Admission and academic transcripts to the ISO. The ISO will give you a letter of acceptance and a SEVIS record transfer request. You must give these documents to your current university to complete the transfer. After your record has been transferred and you have registered for classes, you will be issued a new Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) by Stratford University.

You can transfer up to 50% of the credits required for a graduate degree and 75% percent of the credits required for an undergraduate degree. For instance, the typical Master's degree is 12 courses (54 quarter credits). You can transfer up to 6 courses into this degree from an accredited institution. Courses eligible for transfer must match the target degree requirements and meet the minimum academic performance requirements.

You must first submit an Application for Admission, academic transcripts, proof of language proficiency, standardized academic test scores (GRE or GMAT), proof of financial support, copy of passport, and application fee (US $50) to Stratford University. Students transferring from other accredited institutions are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores.

Stratford has not established pre-defined GRE or GMAT cut-off scores. The application package is reviewed as a whole (transcripts, test scores, work experience, life achievements) to determine your potential for academic success. Undergraduate students are not required to submit standardized academic test scores. Proof of financial support requires that you have sufficient funds to pay your first academic year's expenses.

After review of your academic and financial documents, Stratford will issue a letter of acceptance and Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20).

International students must prove language proficiency by taking either a TOEFL or IELTS language test. The cut-off score for TOEFL is 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT). The cut-off for IELTS is 6.5-band. This requirement is waived for students whose native language is English or who have obtained a degree in an English-speaking country. Students who do not meet the language proficiency requirements will be required to attend an ESL program prior to starting their academic courses.

You may still apply, but the Consular Officer may delay a decision until you are able to provide your final marks and provisional certificate.

After you have been accepted by Stratford University, you must pay your SEVIS fees (currently US $200). You are then required to apply for your Student Visa at the local US Consulate office. You will be required to appear for a personal interview at a time set by the Consulate office.

The Consulate will provide a list of required documents. This list will include: your letter of acceptance, proof of financial support, Form I-20, and proof of SEVIS fee payment (Form I-901). Other supporting documents may be useful and are recommended by Stratford, including: statement of purpose, academic transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.

At the interview, you must clearly explain why you selected Stratford for your education. If you are approved by the Consular Officer, the Consulate will issue your student Visa.

Support for the first academic year must be in available assets such as a checking account or savings account. In the case of Stratford University, you must have assets to cover the tuition for the first three ten-week quarters (one academic year) and the associated living expenses for 7.5 months

Total cash requirements to cover the first academic year are shown on the table below. This table assumes that graduate students take two courses (9 credits) per quarter and undergraduate students take three classes (13.5 credits) per quarter at the current tuition of $370 per credit for undergraduate courses, $445 per credit for graduate courses and $3750 per quarter for ESL. Living expenses are assumed to be $1000 per month.

Academic Level Tuition per Academic Year Living Expenses per Academic Year Total Cash
Graduate $12,015 $7,000 $19,015
Undergraduate $14,985 $7,000 $21,985

Subsequent academic years can be demonstrated by providing letters or other documentation verifying ongoing anticipated earnings such as salary or investment income, or other assets that will demonstrate your ability to fund your program for the entire duration of the program.

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