Application Checklist for International Students
Congratulations! You are about to embark on an educational journey
that will enhance your personal growth and prepare you for a distinguished
career! In order to apply for admission to Lewis University please complete and
return the International Student Application as soon as possible.
The International Student Application has several components.
You should complete and return all components together at one time, if
possible. These include:
- The original International Student Application (Undergraduate or
Graduate). You can do this through our on-line
application, you can download and print our application which is in
PDF format for Undergraduate or Graduate
students, or we would be happy to send you one by email or through the
- Signed photograph
- Official evidence of English proficiency is required from ALL applicants (undergraduate and graduate):
- minimal score 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the TOEFL (www.toefl.org).
- or minimal score 6.0 on the IELTS (www.ielts.org).
- or minimal level of Pre 1 on the Stepeiken (www.stepeiken.org)
- if past university is located in country where English is officially spoken, or past university is located in the USA, evidence of English proficiency is not required.
- if you are coming from an ELS language center, please provide an official certificate of level 112 completed, or a letter certifying the month and year you will finish level 112.
- Evidence that you have sufficient funding (required by
the US Government). International Students can provide a bank statement
in the amount listed on the attached page in their own name, or
alternatively a combination of an Affidavit of Support, Bank Statement,
proof of US employment by a sponsor, scholarship, or fellowship.
If you apply online, you will have to submit a written affidavit by your
An Affidavit of Support is an official written and signed statement
from your sponsor (which can be a relative, organization, corporation,
etc.) stating that s/he will provide you the necessary specific
financial support. The statement and accompanying affidavit should
not be more than 6 (six) months old. All bank statements should
have the name and address of the bank as well as a bank seal. They
should also include the name and account number of the account holder,
which should be either the name of the international student applicant,
or the name of the sponsor signing the affidavit of support.
- Official Transcripts or Grade Reports from all previous
institutions abroad and in the United States. Please note that you
must provide a copy of your high school diploma, Ordinary levels (OI's)
certificate, or other evidence of completion of secondary
education. All transcripts and records must bear the seal/stamp of
the issuing institution (although you may send an unofficial copy to
start the process, but will be only "conditionally admitted" until
the official copy is received.
- Evaluation of all transcripts and grade reports issued by
institutions outside the United States or Canada. There are
several credential evaluating services which you can use. These
include: World Education Services www.wes.org ,
Education Credential Evaluators www.ece.org ,
or Educational Perspectives www.educational-perspectives.org or
the International Education Research Foundation www.ierf.org .
Please note that we will not accept credential evaluations from evaluators
not approved by Lewis University for this purpose.
- Translation of all non-English language transcripts and grade
reports. The translation should be signed by the translator and
the name of the company or governmental organization making the
translation. The translation should include contact information
for the translator including address, phone, and fax number.
about your visa status.
If you are currently in the United States
in F-1 or J-1 status you must provide proof of your current visa
status including passport,
current and all previous I-20 and DS-2019, I-94, and/or I-797 (if you
changed your non-immigrant status in the United States). You must
also submit a signed Transfer Clearance Form.
If you are currently in
the United States in H, L, E, O, P, R, or some other non-immigrant
visa status, please provide us with a copy of
your passport, EAD card if you have one, I-94 (Record of
Arrival/Departure), and I-797 Notice of Approval, and any other related
If you are in the United States on the basis of a pending
application for political asylum or permanent residency, or you are a
applicant for temporary resident status, please provide a copy of your
passport, I-94 (Record of Arrival/Departure), and if available, a copy
of the pending petition.
Please note, if you do not hold a valid visa
status in the United States, you are welcome to apply to and attend Lewis
We do not discriminate against students on the basis of their status
in the United States.
Lewis University requires that all F-1, M-1, and
J-1 students and their dependents comply with all federal immigration
laws in order to
maintain their visa statuses in the United