Apply from Overseas

New Students

Follow these steps to successfully start your journey with Stratford University

Getting started by preparing your application package

  1. Copies of Academic Transcripts/Diplomas for all high schools/colleges/universities attended
    • Graduate Program: Copy of high school diploma, copy of original university diploma and transcripts
    • Undergraduate Program: Copy of original high school diploma

    Note: In English or translated to English by a certified translator.

  2. Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • Copy of TOEFL (the cut-off score for TOEFL is 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT)).


    • IELTS language test (the cut-off for IELTS is 6.5-band).

    Waiver: This requirement is waived if your native language is English or if you have obtained a degree in an English-speaking country.

  3. Proof of Financial Support
    • Original or notarized bank statements OR balance certificates issued within the last six months that verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program, as well as all living expenses. Sufficient funds should be equal to or greater than (per academic year):
      • $20,365 for a graduate program (master’s degrees)
      • $21,985 for an undergraduate program (bachelor’s and associates degrees)
    • Signed affidavit of financial support if the bank statements or balance certificates are in the name of your parents or someone other than the applicant.
    • Proof of financial support requires that you have sufficient funds to pay your first academic year's expenses. We encourage you to safely and quickly satisfy this requirement via FundsV if your bank (or your sponsor’s bank) is part of fundsv’s robust network of more than 3,500 financial institutions; confirm your bank’s participation at FundsV empowers bank account holders to point their online banking data to Stratford University’s International Student Office. You may also upload supporting documents to your FundsV profile (such as an Affidavit of Support). A nominal registration fee of $US50 entitles you to unlimited account balance verifications and access to your FundsV profile for 24 months. Your FundsV profile is accessible only to Stratford University, and does not satisfy the funds verification requirements of any other entity. Register Now!

    Note: Original documents are required to demonstrate proof of financial support. Documents must be mailed to 'Put address' OR 'put info about Funds V'.

  4. Photocopy of student’s passport Inside cover and signature page
  5. GRADUATE LEVEL: SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTSTwo Recommendation Letters (academic, professional or personal)

    Required for graduate programs and undergraduate programs

  6. GRE or GMAT test scores (for graduate school only)

    Note: 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.

Submit your application Package

  • Once you have all the documents, you can complete the online application for admission: Click here to apply now!
  • You can upload/attach the supporting documents at the end of the online application. If you are not able to attach your supporting documents at the end of online application, please email us directly, all documents have to be in PDF format.

If any questions, please email

Acceptance Letter/I-20

  • After review of your academic and financial documents, Stratford will issue a letter of acceptance and Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). Expect to receive your I-20 in three to four weeks. Make certain to apply early so you have time to secure your Student Visa.
  • Both Acceptance Letter and I-20 will be sent to you via UPS. Make sure your contact information (home address, email and phone) in the application form are complete.

Visa Application

The visa application process varies from one location to another, but in general you must complete the following:

  • Pay the $200 SEVIS fee here.
  • Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) for the F1 student visa here. You must upload a photo to the application. Read the photograph requirements here. Don’t forget to print the application form and bring it to your interview!
  • Pay the F1 visa application fee.
  • Schedule your interview

Prepare for Your Visa Interview

  • Our International Student Office (ISO) will help you prepare for your visa interview. You may schedule a skype call with one of our International Student Advisors by emailing us at :  
  • Please contact us when you have paid the SEVIS fee and scheduled your visa interview appointment at the consulate. We will then schedule a Skype call with you to help you prepare for your visa interview!
  • The Consulate will provide a list of required documents, which you must submit. This list will include, but not be limited to, the following:
    • Letter of acceptance
    • Proof of financial support
    • Form I-20
    • Proof of SEVIS fee payment (Form I-901)
  • Other supporting documents, which may be useful and are recommended by Stratford, include: statement of purpose, academic transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.

Prepare for travel and registration!

  • You can arrive in USA up to 30 days before your program start.
  • Visit the International Student Office (ISO) for a campus tour, orientation and class registration (no appointment needed). It is strongly recommended that you contact the ISO department at your campus to inform them about your travel plans.
  • Be sure you understand your visa requirements to remain in good standing including maintaining a full course load, registering in in-person courses –not online, policies for STNA, CPT and OPT, among others.
  • ISO is a one-stop-shop, come by the ISO at any time to request information or assistance with any topics related to your visa and your studies. You are now ready to begin class!

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Natalia Bogdanova , Bulgaria

I'm taking fundamentals of baking, taught by Chef Brett, who is a great teacher and knows what he is doing! We have been baking cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and many types of bread. I have learned so much in just 5 weeks!

Maria Paula Quintana , Colombia

I chose the MS in Information Systems program because in my old school we didn't have many online resources, most things were done offline. Kazakhstan is behind in information technology, so once I get my Master's degree I want to go back and contribute to the IT aspect of my Country's development.

Kamilya Nurgaliyeba , Kazakhstan

Before I came to the United States, I was working at a mining company and a travel company... but I decided I want to have my own business. I enrolled in the MBA program to develop my skills and capabilities. That's why I came to Stratford!

Enerel Chuluunbat , Mongolia

The United States is an organized country, most things are easy to understand, easy to follow. Teaching methods at Stratford make classes very interesting. I want to be a university professor and spread this education concept in my home country too.


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