Admission Documents-Most Universities
Below is a general list of required documents for institutions offering higher education degrees
Most schools require the below general application documents: For a more detailed explaination, check out our article on the admission process.
- Application Form: Completed and signed school application forms.
- Application Fee: Most schools require a small non-refundable application fee.
- Other school forms: Some schools have additional forms to be filled out, such as housing forms, scholarship forms, or sponsorship forms.
- Copy of Passport: (If you have a passport now. Otherwise, send a copy as soon as you receive the passport.)
- Bank statement: Either, (a) a copy of a current Bank Statement in local currency in student's name or, (b) letter of support written and signed by the financial sponsor along with his/her current bank statement. The bank statement amount is determined by the school.
- Currency Conversion: If you or your sponsor can not get the bank statement in local currency you may get the conversion from the internet and submit the printed page showing the conversion and include it with the bank statement.
- Sponsor letter and financial form: if you are using a sponsor, the university will need a signed letter from the sponsor stating, "I am the sponsor for _______ and I intend to provide him/her with financial assistance during his/her first year at _______ University up to the amount of $_____." Some universities have a form specifically for this purpose, so you would use that in lieu of the manually written letter.
- GMAT or GRE score. These scores are required with some graduate programs for admittance. Most schools have now waived the GMAT or GRE score unless students have a below required GPA.
- Two letters of recommendation. The recommendation letters must be one each from a supervisor, professor or a co-worker. The letters should support in detail the writer's assessment of the applicants ability to successfully complete graduate studies.
- Resume: Applicants need a resume (curriculum vitae).
- Personal Statement or Essay: Some schools have specific topics they want the Personal statement to consist of. In general the school whats to know your goals and how you will achieve them with a degree from that school.
- Evidence of English proficiency: Most schools require a TOEFL score or IELTS . Some schools will accept documentation showing you have taken at least two years of college level classes where English was the medium of instruction in lieu of the test scores. Documentation that you have studied in English may be a letter from the university stating that English is the medium of instruction.
- Certificate/diploma/proof of high school (for undergraduate programs) or Bachelor's degree (for graduate programs) awarded in original language as well as an English translation, officially translated with translator's seal and signature. Most schools have a minimum GPA requirement, usually around 2.5 for graduate student and 2.0 for undergraduate. How to figure out your GPA
- Official or attested TRANSCRIPTS in original language as well as an English translation, sealed in the school's envelope. If English was not the medium of instruction, then you need to have the translator's seal and signature. Transcripts need show every year that you studied. It is important that the transcripts show all subjects taken and all grades or marks earned for each subject. It also is very helpful if the grading system of the school is shown on each record. Most schools will have a minimum GPA requirement for admission. Most of the Universities will start processing with copies of the officials. However, you will need to send to them the official or attested copy of the transcripts as soon as you have received your visa. Schools will need the official copies on file before or during registration.
- Dependent Documentation: If you are planning on bringing your spouse and/or children, you will need to provide copies of the dependent's passports, birth certificate, and marriage license (for spouse), along with a letter giving the following details for each family member you plan on bringing: Full name, date of birth, country of Birth, physical mailing address, and country of citizenship. You also will need to show an increase in the bank statement, usually around $8,000, per family member that you are planning on bringing.
- Additional Documents if you are in the U.S: If you are currently enrolled at a US university or college you will need a) a completed transfer form, b) Copies of visa, passport, I-94 and I-20 , and c) foreign address.
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