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Admission & Residency Requirements

Please note that international students are required to meet different deadlines for admission applications and visas than those listed for students from the United States. We invite you to explore this site and learn more about Regent University and the international admissions requirements.

Admission Requirements:


 

Who is considered an international student?

Any student who is not a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States is classified as an international student. International students are non-immigrants to the United States and will be applying for a temporary U.S. visa. The available student visa is the F-1. Students enrolled in other universities on an F-1 visa who wish to transfer to Regent University also fall into this category.

You are also considered international even if you plan on studying strictly online from your home country; however, since you will not be entering the United States, you will not require an F-1 visa or evidence of financial resources. International students studying online will still be required to provide transcript evaluations and TOEFL test scores if applicable.

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I-20 Issuance & Important Dates

The following chart outlines the deadlines for application, admission and I-20 Issuance.

To receive an I-20 issued by Regent University, you must:

  • Submit all required admission materials by the established deadline. This includes the Application, the Application Fee, the Supplemental Application, Official Transcripts, and evidence of housing and transportation (if living off campus).
  • Be accepted by your school of interest by the established deadline.
  • Meet the I-20 issuance requirements by submitting the following items by the established deadlines: Enrollment Deposit, Financial Certification Form, and copies of all required Immigration Documents (The passport copy is required for all applicants.  In addition to the passport copy, the following items are required for applicants who are applying from within the United States:  a copy of the original and latest visa, a copy of the I-94 arrival/departure record, and a copy of any other supporting immigration documents, such as any   I-797 change of status approval notices, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), etc.).

 

An I-20 cannot be issued after the dates listed below so international applicants applying to attend school at Regent University should begin the admission process nine to twelve (9-12) months in advance of their intended enrollment date in order to insure you will meet the established deadlines. Please read the sections below for more details about these important requirements and deadlines.

International student applicants should allow at least four to six (4-6) weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.

International Application,
Decision, & I-20 Issuance Deadlines

 

Enrollment Term

International Application Deadlines

(Date by which the applicant must submit his/her application.)

Academic Acceptance Deadlines

(Date by which the admission decision must be made by the school.)

I-20 Issuance Deadlines

(Date by which the applicant should submit all items required.)

Fall

Overseas/Initial Attendance Students

February 15

March 15

April 15

International Transfer

(F-1 students who are transferring from another US institution.)

 

March 15

(or 3 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

April 15

(or 2 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

May 15

(or 1 month prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

Change of Level (COL) Applicants

(Students who are changing their degree levels at Regent. Change of Level students should first contact the Office of International Student Services by calling 757.352.4130.)

March 15

(or 3 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

April 15

(or 2 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

May 15

(No more than 60 days after the previous program end date, whichever date comes first. Students must not have left the United States.)

Change of Status (COS) Applicants

(Students who are applying for a change from one immigration status to the F-1 status from within the US, which takes the USCIS several months to process.)

January 15

(or 4.5 months prior to the current status expiration date, whichever date comes first)

February 15

(or 3.5 months prior to the current status expiration date, whichever date comes first)

March 15

(or 2.5 months prior to the current status expiration date, whichever date comes first.)

Residency Program Applicants*

(Students attending an on-campus residency for their program of study. Residency students must obtain an F-1 visa and may not enter the United States on any other type of visa for Residency.)

*Please speak with your Admissions Counselor or Academic Advisor first to confirm the dates of residency.

6 months prior to residency start date

5 months prior to residency start date

At least 4 months prior to residency start date

Spring

Overseas/Initial Attendance/ Handong Exchange Applicants

June 15

July 15

August 15

International Transfer

(F-1 students who are transferring from another US institution.)

 

March 15

(or 3 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

April 15

(or 2 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

May 15

(or 1 month prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

Change of Level (COL) Applicants

(Students who are changing their degree levels at Regent. Change of Level students should first contact the Office of International Student Services by calling 757.352.4130.)

March 15

(or 3 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

April 15

(or 2 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

May 15

(No more than 60 days after the previous program end date, whichever date comes first. Students must not have left the United States.)

Residency Program Applicants*

(Students attending an on-campus residency for their program of study. Residency students must obtain an F-1 visa and may not enter the United States on any other type of visa for Residency.)

*Please speak with your Admissions Counselor or Academic Advisor first to confirm the dates of residency.

6 months prior to residency start date

5 months prior to residency start date

At least 4 months prior to residency start date

Summer--(Only for students who are transferring their immigration record from other U.S. institutions and for students in residency programs.)

International Transfer

(F-1 students who are transferring from another US institution.)

 

March 15

(or 3 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

April 15

(or 2 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

May 15

(or 1 month prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

Change of Level (COL) Applicants

(Students who are changing their degree levels at Regent. Change of Level students should first contact the Office of International Student Services by calling 757.352.4130.)

March 15

(or 3 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

April 15

(or 2 months prior to the expiration date of the applicant's current immigration status, whichever date comes first.)

May 15

(No more than 60 days after the previous program end date, whichever date comes first. Students must not have left the United States.)

Residency Program Applicants*

(Students attending an on-campus residency for their program of study. Residency students must obtain an F-1 visa and may not enter the United States on any other type of visa for Residency.)

*Please speak with your Admissions Counselor or Academic Advisor first to confirm the dates of residency.

6 months prior to residency start date

5 months prior to residency start date

At least 4 months prior to residency start date

 

For questions about this chart or international admissions, please email us at intladmissions@regent.edu.

Click here for pdf version of this chart.

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Application

Regent University utilizes an online application process that allows you to complete most of your application online. Because you will establish a login and password as you begin the online application process, you will be able to complete the application at your own pace which means you may logout and return at a later time to complete your documents.

When you are ready to begin your own application, you may select the Online Application link to set up your online application.

Apply Online

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Application Fee

All degree and non-degree seeking applications to Regent University require a non-refundable application fee. All degree-seeking applications to Regent University require a $50 application fee.  For non-degree and certificate programs, please refer to the admission requirements for the school in which you are interested to learn more about the application fee requirement. You may pay the application fee online with a credit card once you have completed your online application, or you may choose to mail the application fee to Regent University's Enrollment Support Services office. Mailed fees can be paid either by a check made out to Regent University or a money order.

Pay Application Fee Online

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Supplementary International Application

As an addendum to the Regent University admission application is the Supplementary International Application PDF. Please wait to submit this form until six months prior to the start date of your program to ensure the most up to date information.

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Official Transcripts

A necessary part of the application process includes submitting transcripts from educational institutions attended. Please note the requirements for the various levels of application below.

  • Undergraduate applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences: Official transcripts from all institutions attended (high school and college) are required.
  • Graduate applicants to Master's degree programs of study: An official transcript indicating successful completion of a backelor's degree program is required.
  • Graduate applicants to Specialist and Doctoral degree programs of study: Official transcripts indicating successful completion of both a backelor's and master's degree program are required.

Regent University's accrediting agency (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) requires official transcripts, which is defined as being received by Regent University in a sealed envelope from the previous educational institution or evaluation agency.

All transcripts that are not from an American institution must be evaluated. A course-by-course evaluation is required and the transcript must be converted to the American Grade Point Average system. Transcripts in a language other than English must also include an official English translation. A list of recommended evaluation agencies is listed below to assist you. Please note Regent is only requiring the evaluation for international transcripts. There is no need to send a copy of your official international transcript to Regent. The translation and evaluation fees must be paid directly to the agency performing the service.

Regent only accepts degrees from universities and colleges that are considered to have regional accreditation. The evaluation agency will determine this information when they conduct the transcript evaluation. If the school you attended is considered “non-accredited”, Regent will not be able to accept credit from the school. Accreditation is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of higher education institutions and programs, and to help those institutions and programs improve. These outcomes are achieved through rigorous internal and external review processes during which the institution is evaluated against a common set of standards. Regional accrediting bodies conduct comprehensive reviews of institutions of higher education and operate primarily in a specific geographical area. The accreditation granted encompasses the entire institution including reported branch campuses, other instructional sites, and distance learning modalities. Regional accrediting bodies typically accredit a wide range of institutions offering associate, baccalaureate, master’s and/or doctoral degrees which include many of America’s most prestigious institutions. (Information obtain from CHEA www.chea.org).

A helpful resource to determine if your school has accreditation is to use a service provided by World Education Services called International Degree Preview. It is for your information only and will provide an instant U.S. equivalency for the schools you have attended. This will help you determine if you have the required credentials for study at Regent University. The initial fee for the International Degree Preview is $30 and allows you to enter up to two (2) degrees. You can enter three additional degrees for a fee of $10 per degree. If you order an official WES evaluation via their U.S. ONLINE APPLICATION within seven (7) days, you will receive a credit which will reduce the evaluation fee by $20. The service is limited to post-secondary degrees and recognized degree-granting institutions. http://www.wes.org/evaluations/preliminary.asp

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Evaluation Agencies

Regent University highly recommends that all international transcripts be evaluated by:

World Education Services, Inc.
www.wes.org
Email: dc@wes.org
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Tel: (212)-966-6311

Note: If using WES, please request the evaluation to be sent electronically to Regent. Also, Regent requires the WES Basic course-by-course evaluation. Please choose the option of allowing Regent University to view and download your transcripts, it will make getting your transcripts easier and faster. When choosing which office to have your transcripts sent to, please choose "Central Enrollment Management."

Uncertain as to what academic records must be submitted to make application for Regent? Visit the World Education Services website at http://wes.org/required and locate your home country.

 

Other recommended international transcript evaluation agencies:

AACRAO
http://www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 293-9161

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
www.ece.org
P.O. Box 51470
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Tel: (414) 289-3400

Additional information regarding acceptable transcript evaluation agencies for international students may be found by visiting NACES.

**If your transcript(s) is not evaluated by one of the agencies listed above or on the linked website, we will require you to resubmit using one of the approved agencies.**

Recommended Translation Agency:

University Language Services

http://www.universitylanguage.com/

Email: service@universitylanguage.com

15 Maiden Lane,

Suite 300

New York, NY 10038

USA

Tel: 1-800-419-4601

Outside of the US: 1-212-766-4111

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English language proficiency options

All students enrolled in Regent University are required to be proficient in the English language. For international students in which English is not the primary language of their country, either the TOEFL®, PTE Academic® or the IELTS® exam must be taken to demonstrate one's effectiveness with the English language. These tests may be waived, as listed below the table.

Individuals that will need to take the TOEFL® exam should consult the TOEFL® website to learn more about locations, times and costs associated with the exam.

 

Minimum TOEFL® requirement  
   
Computer 233*
   
Internet 90*
   
Paper 577*
   
Regent's institutions code: 5135 www.toefl.org

 

Information about PTE Academic® can be found here as well as consulting their website.

 

Minimum PTE Academic® requirement  
   
Internet 61*
   

 

Information about the IELTS® can be found at their website.

 

Minimum IELTS® requirement  
   
Internet 7
   

 

*Students interested in the School of Law will have a higher test score requirement.

 

The tests can be waived in the following circumstances:

  • Non-native speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand);
  • Non-native speakers who have successfully completed at least a two-year postsecondary course of study in which English was the language of instruction;
  • Transfer students from institutions in the United States or Canada whose postsecondary academic course work was favorably evaluated in relation to its demands and duration;
  • Non-native speakers who have taken the TOEFL® or PTE Academic® test within the past two years and whose scores met Regent standards;

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Copy of Passport

International students must supply a copy of their current, valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months beyond the end date of their program.

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Copy of current or most recent Visa & I-94 Arrival Departure Record (Required for applicants who are currently in the United States.)

If you are applying to Regent from within the United States, a copy of the following items are required:  A copy of the original visa you first used to enter the United States, a copy of your current or most recent visa, a copy of your I-94 arrival/departure record, and a copy of any other supporting immigration documents, such as any I-797 change of status approval notices, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), etc.). We need all copies of these forms.

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Proof of Finances

It is important for international applicants to understand the great financial responsibility of attending a university in the U.S.

The potential of financial aid awards and/or on-campus employment opportunities through Regent University to international students cannot be guaranteed and should therefore not be expected. An interested international applicant should seek out all possible means of funding for educational expenses. Please visit Central Financial Aid's website for information about scholarships available for international students.

If applying for a Student (F) visa or if you hold this visa already, you are required to certify that you will have the sum for all expenses during your first year at Regent University. The supporting documents that are required for the Financial Certification Form must be translated in English. If you plan to bring your spouse and/or children, a proportionately larger amount of money must be certified. The first year expenses include tuition, living expenses, and other estimated expenses to be incurred for books, incidentals, etc. Finances are not required to be considered for acceptance into the school but must be proven before the I-20 can be issued.

Important note regarding scholarships: If you will be receiving a tuition scholarship, you still must complete the Financial Certification Form showing finances for student fees and living estimates. Please attach the award letter on Regent Letterhead showing the amount of the scholarship in percentage or USD. Contact your admissions counselor to receive this letter after you have been notified of an award.

Please click here to access the Financial Estimates and Financial Certification Form.

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F-1 Transfer Students

If you are currently attending a school in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, please have your current institutions' Designated School Official fill out the Transfer Eligibility Form and mail it to Regent University at the address provided on the transfer form. The form will be provided to you, upon acceptance, by Regent University's Designated School Official. Before acceptance, please attach copies of your immigration documents and any for your dependents:

  • All I-20 forms forms ever received
  • Copy of current or most recent U.S. Visa history pages
  • I-94 Arrival Departure Record, printed from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html.
  • Employment Authorization Document (if applicable)

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Enrollment Deposit

Once academically accepted, an Enrollment Deposit is due for all international students enrolling in classes, which will be applied toward tuition for the first semester of study. Please contact your enrollment counselor for more information pertaining to your specific deposit requirement. When the deposit is received and all financial documentation is verified, you will be considered admitted to the University. Regent University will then issue the SEVIS I-20.

*This change in the Enrollment Deposit is effective for the Fall 2013 academic term forward.*

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Lawful Immigration Status Required for Enrollment

Regent University is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. Prior to enrollment at the University, non-immigrants who have been admitted to Regent must provide evidence that they are lawfully in the country and that they are in a status that allows for enrollment.

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Official Test Scores

Depending on the program that you are applying for, Regent requires official test scores. These consist of the GRE, GMAT or MAT test scores for Doctoral or Masters level programs to the ACT or SAT test scores for Undergraduate programs. Please consult with your admissions counselor to determine which test scores you will need to submit.

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On-campus Residency

Some online masters and doctoral degree programs offer the option of attending an on-campus residency as part of the program.  If your program of study includes the option of on-campus residency, please review the following information.

First-Time Residency Participants:

Non-immigrant students participating in on-campus residencies for online degree programs are responsible for ensuring they have proper immigration status for their studies at Regent.  An I-20 is required for residency students to apply for an F-1 student visa and to obtain the F-1 student immigration status at the U.S. Port of Entry.  Not all of Regent's on-campus residencies will qualify for I-20 issuance by the University for the on-campus portions of certain online degrees.  Please contact your program advisor for further guidance on whether or not your program qualifies for I-20 issuance.  If you are a nonimmigrant student with a B-1/B-2 visitor immigration status, you will not be permitted to enroll in on-campus degree programs, or participate in on-campus residency related workshops, classes, and/or activities that lead toward the attainment of a degree. Please submit all required documents five (5) months prior to your Residency start date. The required documentation includes a copy of your passport, the Supplementary International Application PDF and Financial Certification form for 2014-2015. Documents may be submitted to intladmissions@regent.edu.

Returning Residency Students:

If you are required to return to campus for a program that qualifies for I-20 issuance, then you must submit the required documentation to Enrollment Support Services at least four (4) months in advance of your next residency start date. The required documentation includes the Residency Student Request for a New I-20 and the Financial Certification Form. Documents may be submitted to intladmissions@regent.edu.

All Residency Students:

You will not be permitted to enroll in on-campus degree programs, or participate in on-campus residency related workshops, classes, and/or activities that lead toward the attainment of a degree if you are a nonimmigrant student with a B-1/B-2 visitor, or visa waiver, immigration status.  You must obtain F-1 student immigration status at the U.S. Port of Entry for participation in your on-campus residency.  In order to receive the I-20, which is required to obtain the F-1 visa and the F-1 student immigration status at the U.S. Port of Entry, all required documents must be submitted five (5) months prior to your Residency start date.Documents may be submitted to intladmissions@regent.edu.

If you are a nonimmigrant student who is in a program that qualifies for I-20 issuance, and you have submitted all required international documentation but not received your I-20 at least three (3) months in advance of your residency start-date, then please contact your admissions counselor by calling 1.800.373.5504, or via email at intladmissions@regent.edu.

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